The six paramitas are the invaluable qualities that we strive to work on and bring into our daily practice of the Dharma. They aid us in improving our relationship with the Dharma and in understanding the teachings of the Buddha.
I really enjoy talking about joyful diligence, because it can be most challenging for practitioners. Joyful diligence can be best experienced when we read a great teaching and feel a heart connection and mind connection to the teaching and a teacher.
Within practice there are various focuses, it is influenced by the external and the internal environment. Knowing how to rest in emptiness allows us to be less provoked by the stresses of either one, and appropriately able to center our mental energy on various points of the practice.
The variations in the practice, the changes we undergo as a result of practice, the insights and the circumstance under which we practice all point us in the direction of the middle path.
As a woman after years of practice I find now my middle path in the land of dakinis and dakini practices. They illuminate my path and transform circumstances in ways that are not possible for the mind to predict in advance. Dakini practices are not predictable. They require us to remain steady and simultaneously open and letting go and always present, like in a dance.
The middle path for each woman is different and she needs to be able to discover her own inner balance and learn to maintain it. Practice over the years becomes something essential and something very enjoyable. It teaches us to deepen the intimacy with our own heart.
When we ‘fall off the wagon’ at the beginning, we must understand that that too is part of the practice. It take time to develop compassion toward oneself. This becomes a natural ground of meditation where you can sow seeds of compassion within your own being and also for others. As your commitment deepens you understand the natural mind and are able to stabilize the Rikpa you continue to enter into a more dynamic relationship with your mind. The unexpected intensities of life dissolve in the natural mind and act as sparks to deepen the Rikpa.
I encourage everyone to have a good relationship with practice and with yourself. It is essential to be able to rest in peace. Only then can you give to others.
We can only give to others those things that we have plenty off. That is natural.
In your practice you will discover yourself and who you are, you will let go of who you are not. In life you will be able to integrate practice to offer more compassion, have greater peace, patience and remain in your seat so you are not seeking.
Rev. Dr. K. Sonan Wangmo