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Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche teaches through verse, pointing out the essence of a teaching.  Enjoy the quotes.


Effort and Relaxation

Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche    
Quote of the Week   
February 4, 2011



Effort and Relaxation

Sometimes you need to put a lot of effort into practice and sometimes you
need to take it easy, so both are important. Beginners need to put in effort, in
the middle you relax a bit, and at the end you are perfectly relaxed. But
again, if you are too attached to relaxation, then you become tight.  So do not
be attached to relaxation, either.

It is just like when you first learn to drive a car. When you first learn to drive
a car, you are very, very conscientious. You have to be, otherwise you will
not know what to do. Cnce you have learned how to drive, you can be
relaxed and drive naturally. But if you are too relaxed while driving a car,
that can be a problem too. That is why it the meditation instructions are: "Let
go and relax, and straighten up and be alert." So, it has both qualities. The
same two notions can be found in the three classic Mahamudra instructions,
which are: No distraction, no meditation, let go and relax. Relax but do not
be attached to relaxation. It is like that. 


-From a teaching given at Vajra Vidya Thrangu House, Oxford, United
Kingdom, 2000. Translated by Ari Goldfield.