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Three Types of Encouragement

Accumulating merit is also based on complete trust in the three types of encouragement. These are not slogans but lines of encouragement for all the slogans. They are:

Grant your blessing if it is better for me to be sick.
Grant your blessing if it is better for me to survive.
Grant your blessing if it is better for me to be dead.

In order to receive something, there first has to be a sense of openness, giving, surrendering. It is not being concerned with yourself; it is simply letting things be. Whatever comes up, be grateful to it. It is like saying: “Let the rain fall” or “Let the earth shake.” We are trying to let go of our possessiveness altogether. So, if it is better for us to get sick, we let it be so. It is letting things be in their own way: “Whatever happens, I would like to let go of this problem of holding back.”

From “Accumulating Merit,” in Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness, pages 56 to 57.

 

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