mind wants to be peaceful; this is really its natural state. But
there are so many distractions and cravings that can obscure our
peaceful nature. A characteristic of our time is the speed of our
daily lives, especially in the West. Everything is a rush.
Meditation can slow us down so that we touch our true nature. Any
meditation can help us. The object of our contemplation could be a
flower, a religious image, or a positive feeling. Or it could be our
One especially rich way to develop a peaceful mind is to meditate
upon the body. By doing this, we promote the welfare of our whole
...Mind and body are intimately connected, and the relationship
of mind to body in meditation is very interesting. When we see the
body as peaceful and beautiful, who or what is creating these
feelings? The mind is. By creating peaceful feelings in the body,
the mind is absorbed in those feelings. So although the body is the
object to be healed, it also becomes the means of healing the mind
-- which is the ultimate goal of meditation...
...Many of us... take no time to cultivate true happiness and may
not even be sure what that is. Many writers are occupied with mere
word games and theories. Many politicians promote their ideas only
to gain power. Many rich people are trapped by the drive to amass
more wealth or the fear of losing what they have. Many intellectuals
are blinded by arrogance or intolerance. Many spiritual teachers run
a business show or go on an ego trip to gain power over others. Many
poor people, in their hard struggle for survival, are unable to take
any pleasure from life. The wonderful skills and achievements of the
modern age often end up as fuel for greed, obsession, bondage,
pressure, worry, and pain... All these miseries could be healed by
...It can seem daring to open the door to healing. And yet
cultivating peace of mind is actually not so strange or alien. It
can help if we rekindle a memory of some quiet time when no outside
pressures or worries were bombarding us. Such memories give us a
clue about the mind in its true, peaceful nature and can become the
focus of meditation.
If we can recall a peak experience when we felt whole and
complete, it's possible to bring the feelings of this recollection
forward to the present. The key is to remember the image, in all its
details, then expand the wonderful feeling in our minds. This memory
could be something triggered by a religious experience or a meeting
with a joyful person... It could be a visit to a beautiful garden or
being in mountains that are blanketed in snow or experiencing the
silence of vast open fields...
...Focus on the positive feeling and rekindle it, as if you were
returning to your old, cozy home after a long and tiring journey.
Allow the feeling to expand and blossom until it opens up your whole
being as you are today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tulku Thondup Rinpoche was born in Golok, Eastern Tibet in 1939.
At the age of four he was recognized as the reincarnation of Kome
Khenpo, a celebrated scholar and adept of Dodrupchen monastery, a
famous institute of the Nyingma school. Tulku studied at Dodrupchen
and in 1958 settled in India. He taught at Indian universities for
more than a decade before moving to the United States in 1980, where
he became a Visiting Scholar at Harvard until 1983. He has published
many original Tibetan Buddhist works and translations, including
Masters of Meditation and Miracles, The Practice of
Dzogchen, and the highly successful The Healing Power of
Mind, translated into nearly 20 languages. He lives in