If you cannot stop worrying over something
in the past or what might happen in the future,
shift your focus to the inhalation and exhalation of your breath.
Or recite this mantra:
om mani padme hum.
Since the mind cannot concentrate on two things simultaneously,
either of these meditations causes the former worry to fade.
The XIV Dalai Lama
Assailed by afflictions, we discover Dharma
And find the way to liberation. Thank you, evil forces!
When sorrows invade the mind, we discover Dharma
And find lasting happiness. Thank you, sorrows!
Through harm caused by spirits we discover Dharma
And find fearlessness. Thank you, ghosts and demons!
Through people’s hate we discover Dharma
And find benefits and happiness. Thank you, those who hate us!
Through cruel adversity, we discover Dharma
And find the unchanging way. Thank you, adversity!
Through being impelled to by others, we discover Dharma
And find the essential meaning. Thank you, all who drive us on!
We dedicate our merit to you all, to repay your kindness.
Even if you can recite the whole Tripitaka by heart,
even if you know the entire Dharma,
if you don’t have the guru’s advice,
there will be a gap between you and the Dharma when you practice.
Atisha Dipankara Shrijnana
Whether we sit with our arms folded this way,
and our legs crossed that way is of little consequence.
But it is extremely important,
to check and see if whatever meditation we do is an actual remedy for our suffering.
We stop the one who can’t cease from seeking things outside,
and practice with our bodies with a posture that seeks absolutely nothing.
This is zazen