Bloedel Hall at St. Mark's Cathedral | Sep 2010
The practice of Tonglin is the meditative practice of sending and receiving. Absolute bodhicitta, the recognition that on some profound level there is no suffering. There may be unpleasant things, there may be difficulty, but the anguish and suffering doesn't really exist. The mind is light and there is peace at the heart of all. This understanding is what allows us to take in the suffering of others. The true nature of mind heals the suffering of the world.
We block out the suffering of others and even our own suffering. We have a very human underlying urge to self-protection. When we are willing to explore the nature of suffering and look closely at our internal experience, the lighter things become.
Seeing confusion as the emanation of the Buddha. We tend to become entangled and identify with confusion, or any conflictive emotional experience, and try to rid ourselves of it. Instead, look closely at confusion without resistance and experience it within the flow of our being. The flow is the natural foundation of life.