Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Introduction to Buddhism”
This quote really hit home for me today. My husband called me while I was on my lunch break to tell me he got into a car wreck; he had blacked out or fallen asleep at the wheel while sitting at a light at an intersection, and woke up as he hit the curb and then a pole. The paramedics checked him out at the scene and then took him to the hospital; I told my boss and left to go to the hospital. He’s mostly OK, but not allowed to drive until he gets checked out by our family doctor and probably a neurologist.
It’s times like these that we really need to rely on our Dharma practice. I can’t say that my mind was perfectly calm and peaceful through the whole ordeal, but I think I was calmer than I would have been 5 or 6 years ago before I started studying and practicing Buddhadharma. After I got off the phone with my husband after the first call to tell me he had gotten into a wreck, the word “accept” popped into my mind; just accept the situation as it is since there was nothing I could do at the moment, but practice patient acceptance. Now I’m continuing to practice patience while we sort out the situation with our insurance company, hospital bills, a rental car while the car is in the shop etc.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Modern Buddhism”
Happy Mother’s Day!