In This Corner…

rockyLiving in samsara is like climbing into the ring with Rocky Marciano or Muhammad Ali (is my age showing?). We may think that we have the best view of Madison Square Garden between punches to the gut and the head, but we can be sure that another fist is coming soon, and it may well be the one that puts out our lights for good.

Some of us are very experienced at rolling with the punches when they land, but not so much at handling the anxiety that mounts between the last cross to the liver and the next uppercut to the chin. We know it’s coming, and we know we’ll again have to roll with that punch, but we dread it.

Compassion is like that. Some of us are very good at keeping calm and helping other people during an obvious catastrophe, but in between the sinking of the Titanic and the crashing of the Hindenburg, we fall apart. It’s just too much. We can’t process the grief, and it slowly but surely weakens us, until some day handling a minor crisis becomes impossible.

This is why meditation is so important. When we rest in the empty luminosity, we release our pent-up emotions —the grief, the frustration, and the rage. And we recharge our battered, punch-drunk bodies with the strength to go another round:

“Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner, hailing from the Pure Land, weighing almost nothing: the Subduer of Samsara, Protector of the Three Worlds, the almost-unbeaten… the Bodhisatva!” (applause; cheers)

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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7 Responses to In This Corner…

  1. Yonten says:

    Fantastic analogy, thank you so much Tashi la! Humbly – Yonten

  2. dharma pen says:

    This is so inspiring, Tashi, Thank you! It made me think of a truly bad pun: Float like a Bodhisattva, sting like a Buddha. Yes. I went there. 🙂

  3. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年09月9日 (週二) 7:52 PM 寫道﹕

    WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “Living in samsara is like climbing into the ring with Rocky Marciano or Muhammad Ali (is my age showing?). We may think that we have the best view of Madison Square Garden between punches to the gut and the head, but we can be sure that another fist is co”

  4. Cheryla says:

    What images – I had to chuckle….and I had to see truth in that chuckle. cheryla

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