A Personal Note
I had a powerful practice session last night that I would like to share. I was in a hospital room with an old friend who was dying. I got word this morning that he had died over night. I understand that in the past, meditators would spend time with dying people as a regular practice. I remember how Mingyur Rinpoche mentioned being with death as memento mori in his book, In Love with Life. Being with death opens one’s mind in a powerful way. Menla was there with me and I think helped me at least, and maybe my friend.
It is great to read the early passages in Thrangu Rinpoche’s Medicine Buddha Teachings. There he reminds us that the body supports the mind, and the mind supports the body, and all our experience. And if our mind is clouded over by a fixation on a presumed self (which is fictional), then all our experience will be clouded over as well. If, on the other hand, we hold a sense of pure being in our mind, as in Medicine Buddha, then our experience of body, social interactions, life and even death, will eventually purify as well. And the difficult situations we all have to face in life are great times to practice holding Menla in our minds and hearts. When our experience is more pure, we will be better able to help others as needed.