Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Change of Heart, by Alex Syed

Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche Students
Reflections by Alex Syed, France
When I first met Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche, my questions to him revolved essentially around the practice of meditation, which I had been studying for a few years. Rinpoche listened attentively and answered patiently, clarifying some points, making others less clear than I thought them to be. Further conversations ensued, during which the direction of my questions slowly began to shift. "Stop being so absorbed with your breath!" (How did he know...?), "You've done a lot of sitting meditation; stop all that. Start looking outside a little more." And thus started the transition. All things considered, for whom do we practice spirituality, if not for others? For what reason do we seek to better ourselves other than that of being a worthier travel companion in the journey of life? What is the purpose of growth and deepening our understanding of our experience if not to share the fruits thereof?

Thus the radius of whatever awareness I cultivated through meditation was extended to include others in it more completely, with less reserve, along with their joys and their sorrows, that we may learn from each other. It is of course but a tiny step, simply clarifying the direction of my path. Yet that straightening of my heart had undeniably brought a new light in my life and I am sincerely grateful for the continuous advice I receive from Rinpoche and my fellow students to continue walking in that direction.

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