In “Abandon Stretching the Legs,” a module of the Living in the Path program, Lama Zopa Rinpoche tells us to give up being lazy in our pursuit of understanding the nature of samsara and samsaric pleasures and to generate bodhichitta and strive to achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible.

In this short video Emily Hsu gives an introduction to the four-line verse: “Abandon stretching the legs. / Give up entering samsara. / Vajrasattva, the great king, / Urges again and again.” She explains that the first line reminds us to stop being lazy by remembering that death is definite and can happen any time; the second line reminds us to stop being fooled by samsaric pleasures; and the third and fourth lines exhort us to cherish others and strive to achieve enlightenment for their sake. 

Watch “Abandon Stretching the Legs – An Exhortation to Give Up Laziness” on YouTube:

A more detailed explanation of this verse can be found in the Living in the Path module “Abandon Stretching the Legs.” 

All of the modules of the Living in the Path program are available on the FPMT Online Center. This program is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their personal practice and develop the realizations of the path to enlightenment by relying on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s heart advice and teachings. As the teachings often assume familiarity with the lamrim, participants are recommended to have previously received teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Emily Hsu is a graduate of the first FPMT Masters Program 1998-2004 and in 2005 completed a ten-month solitary retreat in Spain. She began teaching at Gyalwa Gyatso in California in 2006 and became resident teacher there in 2012. Emily is an FPMT registered teacher.

Living in the Path is an FPMT Education program.