In Mindfulness Practice There is No Goal
Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

In Mindfulness Practice There is No Goal

Concentration involves something to grasp, something to hold onto. You are “here” trying to concentrate on something “there.” Rather than concentration, we practice mindfulness. We see what is happening there rather than developing concentration, which is goal oriented. Anything connected with goals involves a journey toward somewhere from somewhere. In mindfulness practice there is no … Continue reading

Heart of the Victors
Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Heart of the Victors

Beginning and end depend on nothing but imagination. Through windlike formation, Karma and afflictions are created. Through these, the skandhas, dhatus, and ayatanas— All dualistically appearing phenomena—are displayed. The one who adopts and rejects these is mistakenness. Through rejecting [mind’s] own appearances, where should they cease? Through adopting [mind’s] own appearances, what should come about? … Continue reading

Bodhisattvas and Warriors
Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Bodhisattvas and Warriors

Bodhichitta exists on two levels. First there is unconditional bodhichitta, an immediate experience that is refreshingly free of concept, opinion, and our usual all-caught-upness. It’s something hugely good that we are not able to pin down even slightly, like knowing at gut level that there’s absolutely nothing to lose. Second there is relative bodhichitta, our … Continue reading