Saturday, June 13, 2009

Where You Find There Is Nothing to Find

"In short, all the areas and dwelling places that seem agreeable at first,
But not so once you come to know them, are sites of lesser accomplishment.
Whereas those which seem frightening and unpleasant at first,
But prove agreeable once you have grown accustomed to them,
Are powerfully transformative, bringing great accomplishments without obstacle.
And everywhere else in between is neutral, neither beneficial nor harmful.

"As our minds are affected by the places in which we stay,
This can make our practice grow stronger or make it weaker,
So it is said that to examine locations is of crucial importance."

A Guide to Locations for Cultivating Samadhi, by Longchen Rabjam. Translated by Adam Pearcey, at Lotsawa House.

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