sit on top

April 18, 2010

In the sutras it says that a bodhisattva is like an immaculate lotus that floats on muddy water.  The lotus is a metaphor for the bodhisattva, who engages the world of confusion in order to serve beings.  But how is it that the bodhisattva stays afloat without sinking into the muddy water of confusion?  It is due to the wisdom of knowing the mind—how it can serve us or how, if left unchecked, it can spin in the direction determined by confusion.  This kind of clarity may seem a long way off for us, but it all begins with rising to the occasion of our lives and facing our minds.

– Dzigar Kongtrul, from “Old Relationships, New Possibilities”

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