Taking refuge in our hearts…

We can find satisfaction anywhere
-a simple walk may give more pleasure than any other entertainment.

But until we open our hearts,
there is little inspiration, inner light, or warmth to sustain us,
for we are constantly undermining ourselves.

Ultimately no one can help us very much unless we take the first step,
listen to ourselves, encourage ourselves, and
give ourselves confidence by taking refuge in our hearts.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Gesture of Balance

Completely embody calmness

Completely embody calmness:
let calmness itself become being.

“Becoming being” means:
there is no particular shape or form
to direct your attention to and
no I, me, or mine to do the directing.

Let mind, thought, feeling, judgments, perceptions –
all aspects of mind that  notice and identify –
be completely open,
without any qualities that invite interpretation.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being

Make an offering to your senses…

Food becomes an offering to the senses.

When we learn to enjoy all the feeling-tones of tasting,
distributing them throughout the body and beyond it,
eating is truly a meeting of the senses with their object,
a ceremonial act of appreciation.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation

What is happening is what you are doing…

Full participation can be called mindfulness,
consciousness, or being aware and sensitive,
its nature is unconcerned with naming and defining;
there is no longer a critical mind judging.

What is happening is what you are doing.

There is no need to ask questions
or report back to yourself on what is happening.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation