Losar Tashi Delek and New Year’s Greetings from Tsoknyi Rinpoche:
All outer and inner conditions are dependently interconnected. We can see that outer circumstances have changed for the past year in the material world. The inner conditions of the physical elements and organs of our constitution have also changed due to interdependence. These are natural changes that are beyond our control.
However, there is something we can control—our mind. We each have the ability to guide and train our mind in a positive way.
How can we do this? We all need freedom in our mind, and that comes through continuous development of the good heart, the practices of meditation, mindfulness, love, compassion, and not being chicken-hearted in the face of small problems. We also need truthfulness and transparency with ourselves and need to be connected with essence love.
In short, we should be proud of whatever we do that is beneficial—whatever activities of body, speech and mind that directly or indirectly help ourselves and other beings. This develops inner strength. And inner strength doesn’t age (which is good news for our sangha!) So this is my wish and expectation for this year.