“Whatever arises is fresh …”

“Whatever arises is fresh, the essence of realization.” – excerpted from the Mahamudra Supplication of the Kagyu lineage of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition (translated from Tibetan to English)

I am excited to share a new resource to support your practice, both on an off the cushion!: printable cards with timeless wisdom and a modern interpretation. If it speaks to you, click on it to display the full resolution version and print one. Place half of it on your fridge or anywhere else that is useful to you, and then give the other half away to someone else.

Print one and pass it on

My calling is to support myself and others in the application of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion on and off the cushion. The approach is to invest in ongoing practice in a safe and structured environment – on the cushion, on retreat, in a community of like-minded people united by a covenant – then apply the skills we develop in relationship to others, moment to moment. Checking in in each moment becomes a habit, asking myself, ‘what is my intention? is it loving and compassionate? if not, what else is present for me?’ then reminding myself ‘what is it that I really want?’ knowing that the answer is to be connected with others, to be present and to listen, to provide meaningful service.

The line “whatever arises is fresh, the essence of realization” speaks volumes to me: If I am present to what is happening right now, really feeling into its bodily sensations and associated thought patterns, not dismissing it (for example, “I am a sad person. This is me being sad and lonely again.”) or avoiding it, I have the opportunity to learn and grow! With a daily sustained mindfulness practice I have the courage and tools to face what is happening in my body right now as an important message: “I feel sad right now. What does it feel like in my body to be sad? Let me sit with it and focus on its bodily sensations. What thoughts am I telling myself about these feelings? Do those thoughts serve me? Are there alternative ways of thinking? … What do I really want?”

I welcome your thoughts about this quote. Is it meaningful to you? Is the card a helpful reminder for you?

May all beings benefit from the effects of our practice.

Rob

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