The ultimate discovery in meditation is the experience of a pure mind—clear, luminous and free from fear. However, it takes consistent practice to achieve this. After all, the mind is like a spoiled child running wild. But we cannot understand the nature of our minds if we cannot slow them down to really examine them. Our job is to be the parents, to tame our minds.

Taming, however, is not the same as control. We cannot simply tell our minds: Stop thinking! First, this directive is in itself a thought. Moreover, like that spoiled child the mind will simply start thinking of something else.

Instead of trying to force ourselves to concentrate, we must practice accepting what comes up in our thoughts, while learning how to bring our minds back to a single point of focus.

Eventually we are able to hold our concentration on one thought. Having developed that focus, we can use it to thoroughly explore and comprehend, through meditation, the realities of impermanence, selflessness, and emptiness.

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Meaning of Abbreviations

* The following day is a missing or a double date accroding to Tibetan calendar.
BA Amitabha Buddha Day
BD Baden: unfavourable for putting up flags
BM Medicine Buddha Day
BS Shakyamuni Buddha Day
DP Dharmapala Day
LD Ludok: unfavourable for Naga Offering
LT Luthep: favourable for Naga Offering
ME Moon Eclipse: great day for accumulation of merit
NG Ngenpa Guzom: unfavourable for new project, e.g. gathering, inauguration
NN Nyinag: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
SE Sun Eclipse: a greater day for accumulation of merit
SN Shakngen: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
TN Tashi Nyima: auspicious day in a general sense
YK Yenkong: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
ZC Zangpo Chuzom: auspicious day, good for gathering

Duchen great anniversaries, special days of Buddha Shakyamuni, etc., good for accumulating merits.
Tsezang good days for accumulating merits
Naga Powerful long-lived serpent-like beings who inhabit in water, guard great treasure. Some great protectors of the Dharma are nagas such as Eight Major Nagas.