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Sogyal mind

One of the great masters of mind training, lojong in Tibetan, said that one of the most marvellous qualities of the mind is that it can always be transformed.

If you understand this then whatever you go through, you don’t take it so solidly. Whatever happens, you’re not stuck blaming others or blaming yourself. You take responsibility because you realize it’s just your mind.

The Buddha said that all fear and anxiety come from a mind that’s untamed. And President Roosevelt said, during the Great Depression, ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ Buddha said something even more profound. He said that there is nothing to fear except our own untamed mind.

What we need to do is tame or transform our mind. In fact happiness and suffering are up to us because the mind is the creator of everything. If you transform your mind you will transform your own perceptions and your experience. I have seen this many times in many of my students.

Through meditation, through the practice of loving kindness and compassion, through prayer and devotion, and most importantly through nature of mind, you can transform your mind.

~Sogyal Rinpoche, Sydney, 7 January 2015

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