“Whatever arises in our mind—whether it’s a thought, an emotion, a sensation, or a perception—is the arising of coemergent wisdom. It is the radiation of the mind’s emptiness and clarity. Every arising is a temporary arising—one thought comes and goes, then another thought comes and goes.
All our thoughts and emotions just appear and disappear.
This is very important, because we usually grasp at whatever occurs. For instance, when sadness arises, we hold on to this feeling and think, “I am so sad, I am so depressed.” But from the Mahamudra point of view, what has happened?
A feeling has arisen in the mind, like a cloud. Like a cloud, it appears and then it disappears, and that’s all there is to it. This time it is sadness arising, the next time it may be happiness, the next time it may be anger, and later it may be kindness. All sorts of things arise, like wildflowers in a spring meadow. All sorts of flowers grow; all sorts of thoughts and emotions arise. They are all okay; they’re nothing special.
When we understand what our thoughts and feelings are, and we experience them in this way, we are able to let them come and let them go.”
~ Confusion Arises as Wisdom: Gampopa’s Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra by Ringu Tulku
“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”
Living in this world feels like I’m in the middle yeah
And when it’s going wrong, it’s far too much to bear
Watching news on tv, looks like we’re all so little yeah
Life’s pushing us around like we won’t change a thing
Living day to day like there’s not another one
One step at a time, just grateful that I’m alive
It’s easier to see the dark, painful side of things
But when I look back, I’m learning from everything
No we can’t let hope burn out
If we hold peace inside ourselves
Though I know that this life lives inside of me
It can feel like the world’s crashing down
When I’m lost in the pain life is frightening
But I remember love can bring it all around
Yeah someday our love will bring it all around
Members of a SWAT force take part in drills in Hainan province. A four-member SWAT team in Kunming succeeded in shooting five attackers. Photo: Xinhua
The SWAT team leader deployed to the scene as knife-wielding attackers hacked passengers to death at Kunming railway station said he shot five terrorists in 15 seconds, preventing further bloodshed.
After twice firing warning shots, captain Zhang Jun (his real name was withheld for security purposes) gunned down a masked woman who lunged at him with a knife, before rapidly shooting another four of the attackers, the Legal Daily newspaper reported.
Zhang and his three-man Yunnan Kunming SWAT team were patrolling the city of three million people when they received an emergency call to drive to the station.
Watch: SWAT team leader recounts brush with death
I didn’t have time to think, I shot them as fast as I could. After I shot all five, the first one, also the nearest to me, stood up again and threw a knife at me. Luckily I tilted my head
Zhang Jun, SWAT leader
CCTV said the crack team arrived 10 minutes after the attack had started, only to be greeted by scenes of chaos. Crowds were fleeing and the attackers – who government officials have said were terrorists from the restive Xinjiang region – were randomly stabbing and slashing civilians.
“Put down the knife,” Zhang shouted at the attackers after firing a shot overhead, causing them to turn their deadly blades towards him.
Zhang – the only team member with an automatic rifle – fired another warning shot but the attackers continued to advance, he said.
Leading the pack running towards him was a female assailant wearing a burka-like black mask. When she was almost upon him Zhang shot her.
“The closest one to me was less than two metres [away]. If I hesitated for one more second, I would be dead now,” Zhang said.
The other four assailants did not back down, however.
“I didn’t have time to think, I shot them as fast as I could,” said Zhang. “After I shot all five, the first one, also the nearest to me, stood up again and threw a knife at me. Luckily I tilted my head.”
The entire attack at the railway station lasted for about 25 minutes, leaving 33 dead and more than 140 injured, including several policemen.
Xinhua reported that the thugs – eight in total – may have received training beforehand, as they appeared to be expert at hacking people down on the spot. Chaos and crowds left defenceless civilians struggling to fin an escape route.
Blood is seen on the ground outside after a knife attack at Kunming railway station. Photo: Reuters
The SWAT leader, whose team is under the Kunming Public Security Bureau’s Guandu substation, said Saturday’s attack was his first real crisis operation. He said the experience would stay with him for the rest of his life.
“I didn’t have time to be scared. Everything was counted in seconds, from me getting out of the car to shooting. If I had thought twice and didn’t take down the terrorists, more civilians would be injured or killed,” said Zhang.
State-run broadcaster CCTV aired the interview with Zhang nationwide. The other three SWAT members have yet to come forward with their accounts.