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"Working With The Emotions"
by Lama Jigme Rinpoche.
Karma Kagyu Bodhi Path Center,
Martha's Vineyard, 2005.
$20. 102 pages.

Book review by By Arlan Wise
The Martha's Vineyard Times

"A fundamental truth underlies all Dharma teachings:
every being has a basic potential Buddha nature."
Lama Jigme Rinpoche

“Working With The Emotions” is a practical reminder of this basic truth which serves as an organizing principle for one's spiritual practice. The book is composed of a series of lectures given by Lama Jigme Rinpoche at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling monastery in France in 1994, 2002, and 2003 and it is published by the Bodhi Path organization here on the Vineyard.

A student of Buddhism needs a teacher and his transmission; one cannot get the essence of Buddhism by oneself. That said, this is a well-written book that describes how this ancient discipline works to conquer emotional distress and quiet the mind. Lama Jigme Rinpoche's teachings are clear and easy to read. He makes gentle use of repetition, reinforcing the teachings without redundancy.

Lama Jigme Rinpoche gives an explanation of the Tibetan concepts of Dharma (the wisdom of Buddha), and Bodhicitta (the enlightened mind that knows we are all interconnected and is dedicated to helping others). He explains the root nature of emotive causes, and provides tools for working with the emotions.

He discusses the importance of meditation, yet stresses that meditation alone is not enough to achieve equanimity. It is important to observe one's mind and practice introspection daily. He suggests that we let the first thought of the day be of helping others.

“A Tibetan word speaks of a view where everything is possible, and anything can happen,” he writes. “In this scenario, we need only to see clearly what is happening…. The point is to expand our awareness.… We can be relaxed and energetic at the same time. Our goal is to attain this state of mind ever fresh, available, clear, and relaxed. A mind relaxed is a happy mind. It is not the ordinary happiness, which is fleeting, but a deeper happiness inseparable from the deep serenity or clarity of mind.”

Lama Jigme Rinpoche makes three important points: 1. do not harm living beings; 2. help others; 3. learn to tame your mind.

He emphasizes the importance of patience. This process is lengthy and challenging, but it is doable. One must practice day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, and as the time passes, you will notice a gradual change in your perceptions and degree of inner contentment accompanied by a calming of your mind. The Lama knows the nature of the western mind, which wants enlightenment right this minute and expects instant gratification.

“Dharma practice is like the grass growing.” he writes. “You cannot see its growth from day to day. You know it is growing. Only a few days later you would you see the grass visibly taller. Your state of mind is like the grass. It improves if you continue to apply the dharma daily, practice a little each day, reflect and meditate regularly. A year later, you will feel a positive change in you…. Change cannot be forced. We continue to work on ourselves little by little. There is no other way.”

Only you can work with your emotions. No one else can take on this task for you. You must step back from attachments to egoistic demands in order to see more clearly and live without expectations. It's work. It takes practice. In his book, Lama Jigme Rinpoche reminds you why you want to do it.

Just to read this book brings benefit of the Dharma.

Arlan Wise is a sponsor for the monks at the Tibetan Buddhist Ganden Monastery in Mundgod, India. She has received the Kalachakra Initiation given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She has also received His Holiness's teachings in Dharamasala, India and New York City. She writes the Times astrology column.

Working With The Emotions is available
at The Bodhi Path Center in West Tisbury,
at The Bunch Of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven, MA
or by calling the center at 508-696-5929.

Also available in Germany:
Bodhi Path - Buddhist Center
Kaierstraße 18
D-77871 Renchen-Ulm
Tel: +33 7843-7232
info@bodhipath-renchen-ulm.de

 

"Unsere Gefühle,
Schlüssel zu Freude
und Glück"

Lama Jigme Rinpoche.
Herausgeberin:
Bodhi Path Deutschland

Nach Buddhas Lehren ist es möglich, dauerhaftes Glück zu erleben und nicht mehr zu leiden.
Lama Jigme Rinpoche gibt in seinem Buch einen Einblick, was notwendig ist, um diesen Weg hin zu mehr Glück und Freude zu beschreiten. Er erklärt unter anderem, wie wichtig es ist, leidbringende Gewohnheiten zu ändern, Geistesruhe zu praktizieren und Bodhicitta zu entwickeln.
Er schreibt: „Gefühle, wie Ärger, Eifersucht oder Stolz, sind natürlich. Trotzdem beeinflussen uns diese Emotionen sehr stark, ohne dass wir es wahrnehmen. Um uns selbst zu befreien, ist es notwendig, dass wird sie als das erkennen, was sie sind, sie beobachten und in den Geist schauen.. Dieser Geist, der in seiner Essenz Klarheit, Weisheit und strahlende Kraft ist, kann Lösungen für seine eigenen Probleme finden.“
Das Ziel ist, dem Autor zufolge, „diesen Geisteszustand zu erreichen, der immer frisch, verfügbar, klar und entspannt ist. Ein entspannter Geist ist glücklich und es ist nicht das übliche flüchtige Glück, sondern ein tieferes Glück, das ungetrennt von tiefer Gelassenheit und geistiger Klarheit ist. Dieses Glück ist selbst in Zeiten von Traurigkeit da, weil es die uns innewohnende Natur ist. Obwohl es noch nicht der Zustand eines perfekten Buddhas ist, kommt es dem doch recht nahe.“

"Unsere Gefühle, Schlüssel zu Freude
und Glück"
is available in Germany:
Bodhi Path - Buddhist Center
Kaierstraße 18
D-77871 Renchen-Ulm
Tel: +33 7843-7232
info@bodhipath-renchen-ulm.de

 

 

 

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