In MINDFULNESS by Erik Pema Kunsang11 Comments


To soar effortlessly, the mighty eagle needs two wings.
One is just not enough.
My teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche often said this to illustrate,
that a sublime balance of mind is needed
when facing challenges,
both from outside and from inside oneself.
In good times and bad times, a much coveted secret
is how to maintain an even keel,
no matter what happens.

We need an inner sanctuary,
which is easy to access and easy to be.
Equanimity is the very essence
of an authentic meditation state.
It can be cultivated now
and enjoyed for the rest of your life.
The access point is this present moment,
right now, while you read these three verses:

Suspend your attention,
fire the referee,
allow experience to surge through,
raw and naked.

Don’t give in to the urge
to shield your sensitive heart from pain,
just remain even.
Open mind is by itself compassionate.

Don’t give in to seeking
the pleasure of an inner high,
just remain even.
Equanimity is in itself sublime ease.

Whenever I think of this immense benefit,
the choice comes so easily.
The balance needs less effort by practice.
Otherwise you would be like the eagle trying to fly with only one wing,
my teacher said.

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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.

Music: Erik Satie Gnossienne 1 performed by the Steinway Artist Alessio Nanni, piano, Italy.

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    In Spanish / en español :

    Por Erik Pema Kunsang

    Para volar sin esfuerzo, la poderosa águila necesita dos alas.
    Una no es suficiente.
    Mi maestro, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, a menudo decía esto para ilustrar
    que un sublime equilibrio mental es necesario
    cuando se enfrentan retos,
    tanto desde fuera como desde dentro de uno mismo.
    En tiempos buenos y malos, un secreto muy codiciado
    es cómo mantener una quilla nivelada,
    sin importar lo que pase.

    Necesitamos un santuario interior,
    que sea de fácil de acceder y fácil de ser.
    La ecuanimidad es la esencia misma
    de un auténtico estado de meditación.
    Puede ser cultivado ahora
    y disfrutado por el resto de tu vida.
    El punto de acceso es este momento presente,
    ahora mismo, mientras lees estos tres versos:

    Suspende tu atención,
    despide al árbitro,
    permite a la experiencia que emerja,
    cruda y desnuda.

    No cedas a la premura
    de proteger a tu sensible corazón del dolor,
    sólo permanece ecuánime.
    La mente abierta es por sí misma compasiva.

    No cedas a la búsqueda
    del placer de una emoción interior,
    sólo permanece ecuánime.
    La ecuanimidad, en sí misma, es naturalidad sublime.

    Siempre que pienso en este inmenso beneficio,
    la elección surge con mucha facilidad.
    El equilibrio requiere menos esfuerzo con la práctica.
    De lo contrario, sería como el águila tratando de volar con una sola ala,
    decía mi maestro.

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    It’s so!

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    Kære Erik
    Dit digt er jo den essentielle praksis. Andet er overflødigt.
    Kærlig hilsen erik c

  4. Frans Stiene

    Thanks Erik,
    Have a wonderful week! And keep writing those lovely teachings.

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    Truly lovely. But one note: I believe the photo is a vulture, rather than an eagle. Was that intentional?

  6. Frans Stiene

    I thought so that you had witten them, but wasn’t sure if they were from a text or so.
    I really enjoy reading them. Would you mind if I share them with my students?

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    Thank you Erik,
    for this teaching.

  8. Frans Stiene

    Beautiful verses Erik, did you write them? They are a wonderful tool to contemplate.

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