I <3 Pema!

 

‎”Each person’s life is like a mandala-

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 a vast, limitless circle

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 We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.

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We enter a room, and the room is our mandala.

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We get on the subway, and the subway car is our mandala,

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down to the teenager checking messages on her iPhone and the homeless man slumped in the corner.

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We go for a hike in the mountains, and everything as far as we can see is our mandala:

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the clouds, the trees, the snow on the peaks,

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even the rattlesnake coiled in the corner.

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We’re lying in a hospital bed, and the hospital is our mandala.

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We don’t set it up,

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we don’t get to choose what or who shows up in it.

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It is, As Chogyam Trungpa said, “the mandala that is never arranged but is always complete.”

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And we embrace it just as it is.

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Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening.

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From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually.

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There’s not a drop of rain or a pile of dog poop that appears in your life that isn’t the manifestation of enlightened energy,

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that isn’t a doorway to sacred world.

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But it’s up to you whether your life is a mandala of neurosis

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 or a mandala of sanity.”

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(From Pema’s newest book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change)
http://pemachodronfoundation.org/store/buy-books/#livingbeautifully

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