We can develop a close, reliable relationship
with our experience.

As this friendship grows,
we discover that transcendence
is not found somewhere beyond, or in some other time:
Whatever happens in our lives
can serve to embody enlightenment.

Even the density of confusion and pain
can be transmuted into contemplation and fullness.

We need simply to relax,
allowing our breath to become calm,
and watching our experience mindfully, without judgment.

In this way, we learn to foster lightness, joy,
and compassion in our lives.

We become naturally cheerful
and find meaning in whatever we do. 

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart

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