The Open Dimension

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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Natural Ease ( By Ven. Lama Gendun Rinpoche )

Buddha In His Youth (Redon)


Happiness cannot be found
through great effort and willpower,
but is already present,
in open relaxation

and letting go.

Don't strain yourself;
there is nothing to do nor undo.
Whatever momentarily arises
in the body-mnd
has no real importance at all,
has little reality whatsoever.
Why identify with, and become
attached to it,
passing judgement upon it
and ourselves.

Far better to simply
let the entire game happen on its own,
springing up and falling
back like waves---
without changing
or manipulating anything---
and notice how everything vanishes and
reappears, magically, again and again,
time without end.

Only our searching for happiness
prevents us from seeing it.
It's like a vivid rainbow which you
pursue without ever catching,
or a dog chasing its own tail.
Although peace and happiness
do not exist
as an actual thing or place,
it is always available
and accompanies you every instant.

Don't believe in the reality
of good and bad experiences;
they are like today's
ephemeral weather,
like rainbows in the sky.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,
you exhaust yourself in vain,
As soon as you open and relax this
tight fist of grasping,
infinite space is there---open, inviting
and comfortable.

Make use of this spaciousness, this
freedom and natural ease.
Don't search any further.
Don't go into the tangled jungle
looking for the great
awakened elephant
who is already resting quietly at home
in front of your own hearth.

Nothing to do or undo,
Nothing to force,
nothing to want
and nothing missing---

Emaho! Marvelous!
Everything happens by itself!