The topics of freedom, happiness, and ignorance are turning out to be a fertile ground for my daily reflection.
I usually make a post on this blog every other day. On the days in-between, I try to post a quote on Twitter. The maximum number of characters for a Twitter post is 140. It’s a nice challenge to find a quote that fits. I also try to find quotes that loosely go along with the theme of my latest blog post.
Today, I tried to fit a wonderful poem on the natural freedom of the mind by Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche into my Twitter post. It quickly became apparent that the poem wouldn’t fit. Sometimes, I take the liberty to slightly shorten a quote. For example, replacing “and” with “&,” or leaving off a comma here and there to shave off a few characters. With a poem, that is really not possible.
So I thought I could take the “freedom” to change my self-imposed schedule and post this poem on my blog. Here is Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche’s tribute to the freedom of the mind:
Natural Great Peace
Rest in natural great peace
This exhausted mind
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought,
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
— Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche