GROUNDLESS VULNERABILITY

In TRAINING by Erik Pema Kunsang3 Comments

The more vulnerable you are willing to be, the more invincible you are. Quite often vulnerability is felt as a weakness, being at the mercy of other people’s self-centered demands. It calls for courage and how do we find this courage? The shieldless naked heart is the armor of the true warrior. The very moment we take a step back from what we call ourselves and allow room enough in the field of experience, this inner spaciousness is the most wonderful medicine against fear, claustrophobia and the timidity of dualistic mind.

We could explore this paradox a little more. It’s a strange fact. Rather than talking about hypothetical situations from the past, explore it now, in the present. The training in open heart is the most authentic meditation practice.

Allowing room in yourself completely transforms the warfare mentality of ego, regarding each sound, each moment of seeing as a possible opponent. The weapons of display hurled towards you turn into a rain of flowers that move freely through the vastness of open mind.

This is transcending duality, being victorious in the battle. The courage to experience in a raw and naked manner ensures victory in each moment, beyond winning and losing. In this open way of experiencing, we discover how vulnerability makes our naked heart truly invincible.

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Erik Pema Kunsang

Erik Pema Kunsang

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Translator of ancient Buddhist scriptures, author, bridge-builder to modern life, Buddhist teacher & meditation instructor. Board of director at 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha. Founder of Rangjung Yeshe Publications and LEVEKUNST art of life. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author. Erik’s website & retreats.

Black and white photo by Florent Chaudemanche, Viêt Nam &  photo of dandelion Brigitte Werner, Canada.

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  1. Erik Pema Kunsang Author

    Today I found this in my inbox, with a long delay. Sorry about that.

    Dear Erik,

    Thank you so much for your amazing translation work throughout all
    these years, your treasure trove of scriptural translations has been a
    great inspiration to me and many others. Please continue to do so for
    the benefit of all sentient beings!

    I’ve also been an avid reader of the Levekunst since its beginning,
    and had been deeply inspired by the scope and depth of the articles.
    Wanting to repay your kindness for presenting this portal, but lacking
    in any sort of insight or realization at all, I figured perhaps I
    could start by presenting a Traditional Chinese translation of the
    article you posted yesterday.

    To tell you a little bit about myself: My name is Vince Li, or Losang
    Thubten, as given by my genla Geshe Norbu Dorje from Sera Je. I’m
    originally from Hong Kong. …

    Please find my translation below.

    May all be auspicious and perfect with your activities! Sarva Mangalam!

    -Losang Thubten

    一種無有依附的脆弱感
    GROUNDLESS VULNERABILITY

    欄目:修心 作者:艾瑞克·班瑪根桑
    2016年7月6日
    In TRAINING by Erik Pema Kunsang.

    一個人越願意讓自己接受傷害,她便越不會受到任何傷害。我們經常會覺得受傷害是一種軟弱的表現,因為它意味著你進入了一種徹底被別人擺佈的狀況
    。其實要做到這一點很需要一種勇氣,而我們究竟如何能找到這種勇氣呢?作為一個真正的勇士,她所披戴的鎧甲就是一顆毫無防範的、赤裸裸的心。當我們願意從這個所謂的自我之中往後退一步,給予自己空間去真正的去體驗人生的時候,這樣的一種內在的空間可以說是對治恐懼、窒息感以及分別念所帶來的怯懦等各方面最有效的靈丹妙藥。
    The more vulnerable you are willing to be, the more invincible you
    are. Quite often vulnerability is felt as a weakness, being at the
    mercy of other people’s self-centered demands. It calls for courage
    and how do we find this courage? The shieldless naked heart is the
    armor of the true warrior. The very moment we take a step back from
    what we call ourselves and allow room enough in the field of
    experience, this inner spaciousness is the most wonderful medicine
    against fear, claustrophobia and the timidity of dualistic mind.

    讓我們花點時間更深入地探討一下這個看來如此矛盾的實況。與其去談論發生在過去的一些情境,我們更應該去探討這一刻,這當下發生的狀況。這便是所謂的修心──修煉一顆真正開放的心──也就是最真實的一種禪修。
    We could explore this paradox a little more. It’s a strange fact.
    Rather than talking about hypothetical situations from the past,
    explore it now, in the present. The training in open heart is the most
    authentic meditation practice.

    當我們能夠給予自己內心一點空間的時候,它能夠將我們平時把一切的聲音、每一個當下看作為敵人的一種敵對思維————一種源於我執的思維————徹底轉化。顯現中所化現出的各種武器在此時會變成一場花蔓雨,在你遼闊且開放的心中任意飄翔。
    Allowing room in yourself completely transforms the warfare mentality
    of ego, regarding each sound, each moment of seeing as a possible
    opponent. The weapons of display hurled towards you turn into a rain
    of flowers that move freely through the vastness of open mind.

    這就是所謂的“超越二元對立”;所謂的“勝利”
    。憑著願意以不經改造而赤裸的心去體驗生命的這股勇氣,它能夠保證我們在每一個當下中獲得勝利;一個超越勝負的勝利。通過以這種完全開放的心去體驗人生,我們赤裸的心便能夠成就真正的不敗。
    This is transcending duality, being victorious in the battle. The
    courage to experience in a raw and naked manner ensures victory in
    each moment, beyond winning and losing. In this open way of
    experiencing, we discover how vulnerability makes our naked heart
    truly invincible.

  2. Beautiful crisp article. In fact the presence of firm willingness to be vulnerable/exposed is the sign that because of greater level of understanding of oneself his/her ego level has come down considerably or he/she has enough courage to resist the influence of conditioning (compulsive habitual thinking) .

    To have such state is not so easy. There are a no of methods prescribed by various wise men, but I think observing one’s own thoughts, speech and actions is the easiest and least mental energy consuming and no separate time is required for that.

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