A cup of tea takes two minutes to prepare, but if we were to consider how many people have laboured to grow, to pick, to pack and to transport the tea, and how many people have laboured to help them, we would be amazed to see how our cup of tea depends directly or indirectly upon the kindness of the whole world. Joyful Path of Good Fortune Pg 431.
When the sea is rough, sediment is churned up and the water becomes murky, but when the wind dies down the mud gradually settles and the water becomes clear. In a similar way, when the otherwise incessant flow of our distracting thoughts is calmed through concentrating on the breath, our mind becomes unusually lucid and clear. The New Meditation Handbook Pg 12.
Today, my resident teacher (Gen Donsang) spoke about the festival before the start of our morning class. I am part of the special teaching program where we spend one weekend on two studying the first book of the program (Modern Buddhism). Donsang shared with us what Geshe la had said to his disciples (resident teachers) during their education council.
The teachers requested of Geshe la to stay for a very long time and teach some more to which he replied: ”How can? This body (makes this movement of emptiness)” ”My spiritual guide disappeared at 84… (During the festival, Geshe la made it very clear that this would be the last time we’d see him ‘conventionally’) He then said 2 things that led the class to tears:
”In reality, I myself never die” and ”I will always remember you, please remember me”.