Try to break your cushion by sitting, don’t try to break your shoes by going too much - Longchen Nyingthig Vietnam

Try to break your cushion by sitting, don’t try to break your shoes by going too much

That is not useful. We need to control oneself like Milarepa was a good example. He did not go too much. He kept himself in a quiet place because only that way he can check his mind easily. If you go ten directions, your mind are all over and cannot bring back. Therefore, I think we should do this. There is a saying in Tibetan: “Sitting is much more powerful than going. By going around you can break your shoes but you don’t get much. Sitting can break your cushion but you can get something by chanting at least”. This is very important saying in Tibetan. So try to break your cushion by sitting, don’t try to break your shoes by going too much. That is my thinking and it is very important.

Generally, we can see sitting is harder than going. Right? Going is easier. “I go there, I go here.” Sit here quietly for half hour. You don’t want to sit there too long because “I am bored now, I am tired and I want to sleep,” then you are not sitting correctly. So it is much harder. And sitting means you are doing something real, but walking does not mean much. Maybe you are just hanging around and watching the external things. Sitting means you are watching internal things, so there is the difference. And not easy to do the sitting [as compared with] going.

 

  Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche, “DEVOTION IS ESSENTIAL – Not Intellighence or Smartness”

 

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