Buddha by Nature

Buddha by nature, a teaching by Lama Shenpen to a student at a low point in their life

Lama Shenpen talks to a student experiencing a particularly low point in their life.

A student writes:

“I’m tired of everything- practice, life, courage, compassion. How to care again?”

Lama Shenpen:

Thank you for writing to me about your situation.  It sounds as if you might be exhausted…and/or have lost heart.

You do care though – you care deeply but where is the life-force that keeps us going?Tibetans would call this life-force being low and it’s time to really be gentle on yourself and take care of yourself…

It is hard to advise you at a distance like this but you will care again, you will find that spark again.  Sometimes it just seems to disappear and then it is as if we have to tread water and not panic till it re-surfaces, when everything comes to life again.

Until then it is important not to be hard on yourself, blame yourself, feel bad about yourself.  In your heart of hearts you know you are good.  It is just that sometimes the life-energy drops so low that it’s a major feat just to get out of bed in the morning.

So congratulate yourself on that – on every little step you take, every time you manage to smile or laugh in spite of whatever it is you are experiencing. There is light at the end of the tunnel. There always is because we are Buddha by nature. It is worth aspiring to know what that really means…