The horse is the symbol of energy and effort in Buddhist practice. Revered eleventh-century yogi, Milarepa, poetically illustrates the mind’s often untamed potential. Surely a true dressage meditation…..
In the mountain hermitage which is my body,
In the temple of my breast
At the summit of the triangle of my heart,
The horse which is my mind flies like the wind.
He gallops on the plains of great bliss.
If he persists, he will attain the rank of a victorious Buddha.
Going backward, he cuts the root of samsara;
Going forward he reaches the high land of buddhahood.
Astride such a horse, one attains the highest illumination.