Sunday, January 2, 2011
Pema Chodron - Five Slogans of Machig Labdron
Want to wake up and be of service to the world?
Here are the five instructions given to Machig Labdron in the 12th century:
1) Confess your hidden faults.
2) Approach what you find repulsive.
3) Help those you think you cannot help (sometimes translated as those you do not want to help).
4) Anything you are attached to, give that.
5) Go to the places that scare you.
Those are just the everyday, how-to-life-your-life, "relative" instructions.
The "absolute" instruction?
If you do not grasp with your mind, you will find a fresh state of being.
Thanks for giving me plenty to work with in the New Year. I am grateful. And a tiny bit overwhelmed. Your friend and great admirer,