How to Calm Our Ambitious Mind

These words of wisdom from Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche teach us how to calm our ambitious mind with shamatha meditation, simply concentrating on our breathing.

Spend a moment contemplating this quote and then read my story below.

Less Ambition, Less Disturbance

The beautiful thing about having less obsessions and ambitions—and just sitting straight and watching the breathing—is that nothing will disturb us. Things only disturb us when we have an aim. When we have an aim, we become obsessed. Say our aim is to go somewhere, but somebody parks right in front of our car, blocking us. If something gets in the way of our aim, it becomes a terrible thing. If we don’t have an aim, though, it doesn’t matter.
– Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, “Do Nothing”
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse RinpocheDzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

In 1975, I visited Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, more commonly known as Osho, at his ashram in Pune, India. After a very long journey and very little sleep, I attended the daily dharma talks and on the second day, my question was read first. I have written about this previously in Be Nobody and “I speak as if I am speaking on my own self” – Osho. His answer to my question, which I won’t repeat here, was:

An ambitious mind cannot love. It is impossible,because he has first to fulfill his ambition. He has to sacrifice everything for it. He will go on sacrificing his love. Look at ambitious people – if they are after money they always postpone love. Tomorrow when they have accumulated a lot of money then they will be in love; right now it is impossible, it is not in any way practical; right now they cannot afford it. Love is a relaxation and they are running after something to achieve – a goal. Maybe it is money, maybe it is power, prestige, politics. How can they love now? They cannot be here and now – and love is a phenomenon of here and now. Love exists only in the present, ambition exists in the future: love and ambition never meet.- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Tao: The Three Treasures, volume 1

My experience with Rajneesh was wonderful. When I found out he allowed violence in the groups, I abandoned the Rajaneeshies but remain fond of the person and his way of teaching. I consider him to be one of my root teachers.

What other good reports have you heard about Osho / Rajneesh?

Books by Osho

Absolute Tao: Subtle is the way to love, happiness and truth (TAO – The Three Treasures)


Moving beyond the usual interpretations of this classic Chinese text — that of using it as an indicator of what to do next or attempting to predict the future — Osho is using the Tao Te Ching as Lao Tzu intended: to ignite the flame of individual awareness and insight.

His c… [Read More…]

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