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Buddhadharma : Fall 2013
82 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY FALL 2 0 1 3 what is true. What does that mean? It means that in the moment when we look and our mind instantly begins to form a clear and certain image, we see that con- struction. It is only then that we can rec- ognize its destructiveness. We see how in that moment a whole person—who is as vast as the universe—becomes an object in our mind. And you know what we do to objects; we throw them away when we have no more use for them. The remedy for such violence is to see with the unbiased eye of wisdom what is directly before you. When we see that each person, each circumstance, abides in its own state, we realize that whether or not it satisfies our sensual desires is no longer the most important thing. In our taking care of the Earth, we can move beyond doing so because we need to for our own benefit. That view is still not regarding the Earth as sacred unto itself. It’s not because of what you do for me that I should see you and regard you as a fully free and complete human being abiding in your own dharma state, but rather simply because you are. If I don’t or can’t yet see that, my vow is to practice so I can seeit.Myvowistoseehowyouare interdependent with everything. That includes me. You and I are interdepen- dent. That means that, even if I don’t yet understand how, in your arising I come into being. In your cessation, I cease to be. When you are disregarded, my humanity is injured. When you are liberated, my happiness is boundless. Thus on an everyday level, we have a deep and vested interest in each other. Perhaps this is the great imperative of our present time. Through practice we can discover how to allow the mind to find its natural equality. When mind ceases to create divisions and boundar- ies, then the world is without divisions and boundaries. Going further, we see that practice has not changed the nature of this world one inch. It doesn’t help make highs and lows equal; it shows us their basic equality, which has been present all along. Realizing this, we can appreciate and enjoy the tall mountain as tall, and the low mountain as low. SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. Choose from this collection of prints taken from the pages of our magazines. The selection includes works by such teachers, artists and contributors as New Yorker cartoonist David Sipress, Thich Nhat Hanh and Kaz Tanahashi. Visit the Shambhala Sun Online Store www.shambhalasun.com Buddha Shakyamuni, Courtesy of Wisdom Publications and Schneelöwe, Aitrang, Germany Archival Quality Dharma Art Prints at Great Prices