Posted by: Upāsaka | 11/09/2018

Wash Your Own Face

Do I want to see less suffering? Do I want myself and all others to escape from the rounds of rebirth? If so, power and politics, voting and activism aren’t the way to help. If I truly want change then how can I give shelter to the kilesas in my heart? Where is the compassion when my son breaks a tour? The equanimity when my daughter spills get water? The mudita when my kids being home good grades? Where is the equanimity when my wife criticizes me? How can I believe that I have any answers when peace of mind still escapes me?

Trying to change the world without changing our mind is like trying to clean the dirty face we see in the mirror by scrubbing the glass. However vigorously we clean it, our reflection will not improve. Only by washing our own face and combing our own unkempt hair can we alter the image.

Excerpt From: “Change of Heart: The Bodhisattva Peace Training of Chagdud Tulku” by Lama Shenpen Drolma.


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