The text turns to training the mind on the stages of the path of advanced level practitioners. Part of a series of teachings on the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa. Visit Gomchen Lamrim Study Guide for a full list of contemplation points for the series.
- The disadvantages of apathy toward strangers
- Short reflection on equanimity
- How the mind is extremely narrow when there is attachment or anger
- We are the ones who create the categories of friends, enemies and strangers
- How to turn your mind toward equanimity and away from bias
Gomchen lamrim 61: Equanimity (download)
- Consider friend, enemy and stranger as follows:
- Think of a dear friend for whom you have positive feelings. Are you attached? Why do you have that attachment?
- Now think of someone you really can’t stand. Ask yourself why you feel that way. Without judging your responses, listen to the reasons your mind gives.
- Then think of some strangers, where you don’t have feelings one way or the other. Ask yourself why you feel apathy towards that person.
- What is the common thread that you notice when doing this contemplation?
- Venerable Chodron said that WE are the ones that create these categories and then put beings in them. Contemplate this and see how it operates in your own life.
- Consider how changeable these categories are, using examples from your own life.
- Cultivate a sense of equanimity, balancing the bias you hold for friend, enemy and stranger.