Vraag maar raak: Rijkdom

vmrEen heleboel vragen kunnen in je opkomen als je begint met mediteren of bij het lezen van boeken over het boeddhisme. Sommige vragen zijn makkelijker te beantwoorden dan de ander. Soms moet je simpelweg iets ervaren, een andere keer verschaft het lezen van een boek al een hoop duidelijkheid. Om te helpen bij het beantwoorden van vragen heb ik een aantal leraren gevraagd me te helpen. Deze week zal de eerste vraag beantwoord worden door Shambhala leraar Gayle Van Gils.

What’s the difference between between wealth and being rich in the way that we usually understand it and the Shambhala understanding of those words?

Wealth as we usually use the term in western capitalistic society refers to an abundance of valuable material possessions. Rich is used in a very similar way…..to refer to an accumulation of money or precious substances, even large amounts of land or real estate.

In Shambhala, we regard familiarity with our true nature and a connection to the power and energy inherent in all of life to be true wealth, because it is that which brings us the greatest satisfaction in being alive. Wealthy in this sense is a sense of genuine joy and well-being that arises from being awake. Rich can be experienced as access through our sense perceptions to all the myriads of experiences available in each and every moment. When we don’t separate ourselves from others and from that which makes up our physical universe, we can appreciate and be part of the inherent richness that constantly surrounds and pervades our being.

Who is

1483667_10202433360972605_690271591_nGayle Van Gils is a shastri in Florida, USA. She has been a student of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1974. She is married to G Van Gils, and together they are the parents of Alex and Jonathan Van Gils. Gayle is a ceramic artist and a business consultant in addition to teaching in Shambhala. You can check out her website here: empowermentcircles.com


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