Learning to Appreciate our Life.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Apr 5, 2011
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This is your world!

You can’t not look.

There is no other world.

This is your world; it is your feast. You inherited this; you inherited these eyeballs; you inherited this world of color. Look at the greatness of the whole thing.

Look! Don’t hesitate—look!

Open your eyes.

Don’t blink, and look, look—look further.

Then you might see something. The more you look, the more inquisitive you are, the more you are bound to see. Your looking process is not restrained, because you are genuine, you are gentle, you have nothing to lose, and you have nothing to fight against. You can look so much, you can look further, and then you can see so beautifully. In fact, you can feel the warmth of red and the coolness of blue and the richness of yellow and the penetrating quality of green— all at once. You appreciate the world around you. It is a fantastic new discovery of the world.”

~ from Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa, edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian

In meditation practice, we are not looking for anything. We are simply looking. Buddhism nor meditation make us better people. It is not a matter of creating a super enlightened Buddha mind or anything like that. Happiness is a byproduct of realization…

We discover simple happiness when we see our confusion for what it is. When we realize that the world is not happening to us—that life is not personal—we can relax. But we are not looking to figure this out… We are just looking!

~ from Enlightenment Begins With Taking A Seat by Ben Riggs

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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


2 Responses to “Learning to Appreciate our Life.”

  1. Padma Kadag says:

    When we decide to go "window shopping"…we have decided already that we are looking without possessing. We are looking and enjoying for the sake of just looking and just enjoying. Chagdud Rinpoche loved to go shopping…hobbling along enjoying every single item and every moment. He would tell us to dedicate all that we see in each store to benefit those in need and to the lineage masters and the buddhas. It was our's to give away selflessly.

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