Shambhala Sun | September 2014
Obstacles on the Path
If there’s a rock in your path, you have to move it, go
around it, or climb over it. The same is true in meditation, says SAKYONG MIPHAM. You can’t just pretend obstacles aren’t there. You have to relate to
In meditation, we are on a journey from here to whatever we
are trying to accomplish, be it mindfulness, peace, or compassion. We are
developing the ability to have a fuller experience of our lives. But as we gain
understanding and insight, there is a buildup of residue, which in Tibetan we
call döns, or obstacles. An obstacle is something that cuts the line of
our intention. If, while sitting in meditation with the motivation of
benefiting others, we realize we are thinking about work, then obviously our intention
has been cut. We are no longer on our intended journey.
The tricky thing is that we don’t always know when obstacles
are arising. To detect them, we have to know our mind and our intention. The
point is to be vigilant as we practice. As we settle our mind through
meditation, any kind of imperfection in our character becomes stronger. With
awareness, we can manifest our own genuineness about any obstacle we face.
Intention is important.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s most recent book is The
Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure.