20 thoughts on “The most important journey of our life”

  1. Hello Luna,

    Thank you for the insightful article!

    “The deeper we go within, the deeper becomes our understanding of the reality of interconnection and non-duality.”

    I have a question regarding that. When I meditate, I feel all the good things you mention, close, interconnected, loved and non-dual, with the holy beings almost effortlessly but there is not a commensurate increase in my feeling close to sentient beings. That almost sounds like a contradiction but this is what I am experiencing in my mind. I am training in compassion and improving only slightly in that regard over time. Could you help me understand why that is? I just need to train more in cherishing love?

    Thank you.

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    1. Try offering yourself as a servant to the holy beings, who will then want you to love and serve all living beings as they do. This will help dissolve away your ego capsule.

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      1. Oh yes! (It was actually an ‘oh no’ but Kadam teaches how and why to say ‘oh yes’ instead). I tried what you advised and I was expecting to feel closer to sentient beings (yea, in one meditation!) but I felt distant from the holy beings instead because “I dont want to be anyone’s servant”! There it was, my self-cherishing in its full glory, no longer hidden in a capsule as you put it. Its going to be a full on project I’m afraid.

        I was wondering how I fooled myself into the place I am at, just evaluating objectively. I studied Ocean of Nectar, followed by New Guide to Dakiniland and now Great Treasury of Merit, that is, I trained in emptiness and then dived straight into Tantric deities. When I do my Tantric sadhana, there are no sentient beings remaining. If thoughts of my ordinary self would arise, or of other sentient beings would arise, I would dissolve it into emptiness as that would be ordinary appearance and go back into my practice. I am afraid I am making mistakes that have gone under the radar so far. How do I know if I am being nihilistic with respect to sentient beings or training in wisdom of abandoning ordinary appearance?

        PS: I checked authentically if I am a closeted Hinayanist and that is not true either as I do care about my mother and family (at least) and I am able to generate compassion in the beginning of the sadhana but it withers away as I move along.

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        1. Geshe-la’s advice is to train in pure view and compassion separately to begin with, until we can practice the union of Sutra and Tantra. Maybe spend some time on the great scope Lamrim meditations.

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          1. Understood, will do! We just started studying Universal Compassion on Thursdays, and I believe the next book in TTP will be Eight Steps to Happiness.. just the books I need at this point.

            Thank you for being the mirror to help me see my mind and then extending your loving arms to clean my (nascent) wisdom face 🙂

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          1. My teacher. She answers some of my questions by asking what I think, encouraging me to find the answers within.

            I’m still not sure though.

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              1. I would create something pretty close to the life I’m living and would want the same for everyone else.

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  2. The golden nugget I got from this morning’s blog is the idea of “softening the heart.” I had an incident last week that made me angry as a result of another person’s angry response to a problem that had nothing to do with me, and his angry behavior toward me. I could see that in that moment my heart harden…and now thanks to your wisdom teaching, I see that all I needed to do to get over my anger was to “soften my heart.” How powerful! Totally in my control! Thanks Luna once again.

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    1. That’s very cool. I think we gotta find ways not to get angry both for our own sake and so we can genuinely encourage others that it is possible to let it go — there is way too much anger and hostility about these days.

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