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Snow Lion of Perkiness – The 4 Dignities — Zen Life & Meditation Middle, Chicago



SNOW LION

In Tibet it is mentioned that the Snow Lion is present in meadows at excessive elevations. He roams freely amongst wild flowers and recent air. He is perky as a result of he’s uplifted and cheerful. If you’re grounded in your observe by way of the meekness of the Tiger, your self-discipline arises as an natural, uplifted high quality. And since this self-discipline isn’t depending on any circumstances, it’s unconditional. 

Chogyam Trungpa says there are two phases of perkiness. The primary is having an uplifted and joyful thoughts. Regardless of how troublesome your circumstances you’ll be able to carry your self up; you’ll be able to cheer your self up and your potential to do that brings huge confidence in your individual sanity. 

The second stage of perky isn’t being dragged down by doubt. If you find yourself ungrounded you start to doubt your self. This creates nervousness, paranoia, and conceitedness. The Snow Lion overcomes this doubt and retains you from descending into additional negativity which in Buddhism is known as the decrease realms. 

Within the first realm you might be trapped by residing purely for the sake of survival, residing impulsively on the degree of a pure animal intuition. Within the second realm you might be trapped in a poverty mentality that experiences fixed starvation and worry of shedding your life. And within the third, you might be in a state of fixed anger, warfare and turmoil. You might be at battle with actuality itself. 

The Snow Lion frees you from these decrease realms and offers beginning to a joyful and pleasant relationship along with your world. 

NO ONE TO BLAME

Whenever you doubt your self, you’ll be able to simply turn out to be defensive and strike out at others by way of anger, jealousy or extreme judgments. You blame others and also you usually discover you might be blaming your self as nicely. The self-discipline of the Snow Lion guards in opposition to this sort of unskillful conduct. Whenever you work along with your projections with integrity, you personal them. On this means you turn out to be a dignified human being proclaiming the dharma not simply in phrases however in your conduct and conduct. 

HEART OF THE MATTER

The Tiger of meekness grounds and orients you to a transparent and significant non secular path. This naturally results in additional readability and the joyful, uplifted perkiness of the Snow Lion. You uncover wealthy sources inside your self for responding to issues. You start to roam within the vastness of the highlands, the place the Snow Lion dances among the many recent wildflowers. You might be impressed to let go additional to belief your unhappy and tender coronary heart. 

Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse is the Abbot of the Zen Life & Meditation Middle. He has been instructing for over 30 years and training for 50 years. He’s additionally an artist and painter. He’s been doing digital work on his pc for the final 10 years. You may view his work at his website for Robert Althouse Tremendous Arts at www.althouseart.com.

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