Observing our heart

“Although much of the [ground]work has already been done for us [by the enlightened beings of the past and present], we still have to use our own experience to arrive at our own unshakable confidence. We have to observe our heart, over and over again, both when it’s open and when it’s closed. We have to contrast the experience of tsewa [warmth, affection and tenderness] with the experience of being absorbed in our small self. We have to attend to and contemplate our tender heart until we value it as the enlightened ones do – until we value tsewa above all other things.”

~ Dzigar Kongtrul, Training in Tenderness

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