The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

"Spiritual powers and their wondrous functioning--hauling water and carrying firewood." --Layman Pang, upon his realization

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Water Of No Thoughts

Suppose you are very thirsty, and you are presented with a glass of water....You hold the glass of water and you are about to drink, knowing that it is the real thing, and that it will quench your thirst.  Then holding the glass in your hand, you bring your arm close to your mouth, you bend your neck, you raise the glass and you begin to drink.  Having had the idea, the connection, the first delight, proceed with the appreciation of that basic goodness.  Strangely enough, when you are very thirsty, while you are drinking a glass of water, your mind is almost completely without anxiety at all.  You can try this yourself.  While you're drinking a glass of water, you have no thoughts.  You are purely synchronizing your mind and body together is drinking that nice cool glass of water.

--Teachings by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from "Working With Early Morning Depression", in Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala

Thanks E!

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