I take refuge in my own mind!
This phrase is ultimately the goal in Buddhism, but I am not a Buddha yet.
Therefore, I pray for help not for material wealth but for inner strength.
Recently, I have been repeating the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche. In my heart, I pray for inner strength and understanding of past actions.
One evening, I dreamed. I was with a tiger during this dream but not the usual tiger. This tiger spoke to me.
First, when I was near the tiger, he reached out to bite me.
I asked, “Why did you try to bite me.”
The tiger replied, “It’s my nature. I cannot help it.”
We then walked together down the road. He stood on two feet and walked with me.
The dream ended.
The mind is complex, so I don’t have a smart interpretation of the dream, but I sometimes feel I do not have control over my thoughts and actions. The body moves in the direction the mind points, and we all do wild or crazy things without thinking if they are right.
It’s our nature.
However, it is also our nature to overcome four billion years of evolution and evolve our minds toward freedom or liberation from the five poisons:
To counteract these five poisons, there are antidotes: mindfulness. Watching our mind! Meditating on its true nature! Practicing positive action toward all sentient beings!
Sometimes I feel guilty if I don’t do things correctly, but I am starting to relax after the tiger bit me. He represents me! The tiger bit me to say that I have yet to reach buddhahood or tame my wild nature. But, I will one day. Meanwhile, relax. Take a step into the wilderness of the mind and work toward perfecting it over time.
I take refuge in the tiger of my mind!
May these five poisons arrive so that I can confront them!
May we all confront our struggles to benefit others!