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Meditating with Open Awareness and the Breath
Tergar Opening Aspiration and Closing Dedication to be used before and after practice:
With boundless compassion and wisdom,
I will work for the welfare of all.
May we be free from hunger and discord,
And have joy and a world at peace.
By the power of this compassionate practice
May suffering be transformed into peace.
May the hearts of all beings be open
And their wisdom radiate from within.
The Body, Space and Awareness
“… I would like to give you one small piece of advice to keep in your heart. You may have heard me say this before, but it is the key point of the entire path, so it bears repeating: All that we are looking for in life — all the happiness, contentment, and peace of mind — is right here in the present moment. Our very own awareness is itself fundamentally pure and good. The only problem is that we get so caught up in the ups and downs of life that we don’t talk the time to pause and notice what we already have.
Don’t forget to make space in your life to recognize the richness of your basic nature, to see the purity of your being and let its innate qualities of love, compassion, and wisdom naturally emerge. Nurture this recognition as you would a small seedling. Allow it to grow and flourish.
… Keep this teaching at the heart of your practice. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, pause from time to time and relax your mind. You don’t have to change anything about your experience. You can let thoughts and feelings come and go freely, and leave your senses wide open. Make fiends with your experience and see if you can notice the spacious awareness that is with you all the time. Everything you ever wanted is right here in theis present moment of awareness.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, excerpt from “In Love with the World”