Don’t Be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid

Date Posted:
November 2013

A student advised that the more she works with her mind, the more aware she is of her fears. Everything scares her. Suicidal thoughts have resurfaced, but she said these do not last, as she has Rinpoche’s picture on her altar and his words in her heart.

My most dear, most kind, precious Kayla,
Thank you for your letter. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha have the qualities to liberate you from the lower realms and samsara, and by relying on them and taking refuge in them, you don't have to be scared at all of other things. The other method I suggest you use when you are afraid is to think that the real I is not there.

The real I that we have believed and trusted in since beginningless time is not there. We have been wandering in samsara and suffering because of this ignorance. Think that the I that exists is merely labeled by the mind and even that merely labeled one that exists is not inside the body nor on the body. Even though the I exists in mere name, it is neither inside the body nor outside the body—it exists by relating to the aggregates. So, meditate one-pointedly on this, while analyzing.

Thank you very much.

With much love and prayer...