Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Drala - From The Buddha Walks Into A Bar

“When starting off on the path of meditation, it is helpful to create an environment that encourages the quality of wakefulness in our being. There is a Tibetan term, drala, which can be translated as “energy above aggression”. This energy is inherent in our being and in our surroundings. It is most present when we pay attention to what is going on around us. It is the energy we experience when we are not tuned in to our internal chatter and aggression, but instead tuned into our environment.

Take a moment and think about how you feel when you wake up in the morning and your room is a mess. You get up to stumble to the bathroom, and as you are avoiding a pile of clothes, you trip over your laptop, kicking it across the room. You’re already swearing at yourself, and you have only been awake for two minutes.

Now visualize waking up to a room that is spotless. You walk carefree to the bathroom, look at yourself in a clean mirror, and smile. Drala is the energy that is produced when you have taken care of the details of your life so that everything has a certain radiance to it.”

Lodro Rinzler “The Buddha Walks Into A Bar”


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