Bad day? Buddhist solution is counter-intuitive: think about others’ welfare.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 18, 2010
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Chögyam Trungpa: Nevermind the Bollocks.

Well, Trungpa Rinpoche didn’t say that, exactly. He said,

Don’t Be Swayed by External Circumstances

Although your external circumstances may vary, your practice of exchanging yourself for others should not be dependent on that. Whether you are sick or well, rich or poor, have a good reputation or bad reputation, you should practice mind training.

It is very simple: if your situation is right, breathe that out to the world; if your situation is wrong, breathe that in, taking it on yourself.

From Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness, Slogan 50, page 107 in the Shambhala Classic Edition.

Via Shambhala.

A welcome reminder, if say you’ve had a bad day, been in a fight with a loved one, lost your keys…or lost your livelihood to the BP Oil Spill…or lost your offices, staff, given up your car, and your home is in foreclosure…a reminder that this very moment is just as full and vivid and…well, right here, right now…as ever.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Bad day? Buddhist solution is counter-intuitive: think about others’ welfare.”

  1. Sol says:

    Thank you. It’s like you knew exactly what I needed right now. I love it when the universe whispers back.