By Ringu Tulka Rinpoche (edited and translated by Rosemarie Fuchs)
Bold Steps sticks out one of the multitude of books on Tibetan Buddhism as being a uniquely available assessment of the Buddhist course that encompasses all 3 yanas, or conventional Buddhist religious paths. Ringu Tulku—renowned for either his perception and approachable style—consistently brings the lessons again to the reader's personal adventure as he finds the important function of every direction within the attainment of real realization. Daring Steps attracts on a number of venerable resources, between them the Buddha's earliest teachings and a Vajrayana textual content by means of the yogi often called loopy Khyentse. the writer takes us from the main easy meditation perform to the rarefied realm of Mahamudra, concerning a blinding variety of teachings and strategies alongside the best way. This vigorous presentation may be welcomed as either a reliable creation for the start scholar and an fundamental reference for practitioners at each level of the path.
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It was the most wonderful feeling. And it was actually fear that was preventing it. When there is no fear, we can ﬂoat. As soon as it comes back, I will go under again. I can ﬂoat when I know I am in touch. This captures the way we learn how to meditate. In the beginning, we will often ﬁnd that we cannot completely relax, we cannot be totally tranquil and peaceful. Sometimes we may even feel that during meditation more disturbances occur than when we are not meditating. Then we may think we are getting worse and worse, but actually this is said to be a good sign.
Equally, running away from something means part one: shravakayana 31 that we do not like it, that there is a strong apprehension and fear of it. This again is a painful experience. As long as we are in this state of mind, marked by aversion and attachment stemming from ignorance, we are in samsara and thus bound to suffering. We are in constant struggle, trying and ﬁghting all the time. Within this frame of mind we create karma in three different ways, through actions that are positive, negative, or neutral.
The more we familiarize ourselves with something, the more it will become our second nature. This is true of positive and negative tendencies alike. So it is very important to understand that a thought is the master of every action we take. If we have thoughts characterized by kindness, compassion, love, or joy, our actions will have a corresponding quality. Our thoughts, in turn, are not arbitrary. They are habits that can be changed. This change has to be brought about actively. It will not happen by itself.