using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Buddhadharma : Summer 2013
84 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SUMMER 2 0 1 3 below the conscious level, which we wouldn’t normally catch if we were seeing dullness as an obstacle. The most important thing for working with our challenges, dullness in particular, is the quality of perseverance. It’s impor- tant to learn what it is to persevere regardless of how we may be feeling in the moment. We need to understand that it’s nec- essary to continue, not with the frame of mind that says “just do it,” which has a more militant flavor to it, but with a softer quality of understanding for our all-too-human struggles. Feel- ing dull or lazy or sleepy on the cushion, even for months at a time, is not a sign of failure on our part. These are just stages of practice that we go through. To understand them in that way is the essence of practicing loving-kindness toward ourselves. BUDDHADHARMA: What would you say to practitioners reading this who may feel like their meditation practice has stalled or gone off the rails in some way? What is the most important thing for them to remember? EZRA BAYDA: Life itself is our best teacher, much more so than any living person. Life has a way of constantly putting us up against ourselves, and if we’re fortunate enough to have the desire to keep learning, this adversity is where our deepest awakening takes place. There are certain qualities that we learn on the cushion, like the ability to persevere, to be curi- ous, and to be present, but my deepest learning has taken place off the cushion, in learning how to deal with life itself and understanding that adverse circumstances are my path. JUDITH SIMMER-BROWN: We need to remember that meditation practice is not a self-improvement project that is going to proceed according to our plan. When we really step inside our practice, we begin to tune in to who we are underneath it all. The most powerful thing I’ve learned in practice is to tune in to how I actually feel. Our tendency is to either bury or act on feeling but not to actually feel feeling—and I don’t mean a particular feeling but the felt sense that is underneath all feeling: our beating heart, our humanity, our buddhanature, or basic goodness. The most important thing is to connect with that, and then everything else is just our life. As Ezra was saying, our path is not a project, it’s life. It’s so powerful to realize that practice is fundamentally choiceless. It’s just about being a human being, about being able to connect with our humanity on a more complete level. KAMALA MASTERS: It’s important to remember to be patient with the unfolding and unfurling of our practice. When we practice mindful attention, along with honoring the precepts of nonharming and developing the wholesome qualities of the mind, the seeds of liberation are being nourished. In their own time, these seeds will sprout, break ground, and bear fruit. We really can’t rush the process. Sometimes patience can sound like a command, so it’s helpful to gently remind ourselves to relax around whatever is arising. If that can happen, then clarity, compassion, and liberating wisdom come naturally. ➤ continued from page 55 2 options: TM course A 3-year distant learning course + two 6-day onsite practice workshops TM course B 3-year distant learning course Beginning of course: October 2013 3-YEAR TIBETAN MEDICINE ONLINE COURSE WWW.TIBETANMEDICINE-EDU.ORG www.facebook.com/TME.tibetanmedicine The course gathers several tools: students study the theory with twelve textbooks based on «The Essentials of Gyud-shi», an extensive three- volume treatise written by Prof. Pasang Yonten Arya, that expounds, explains and comments the traditional Gyud-shi, the «Four medical Tantras». These texts are complemented by numerous recordings. About once a month, students have the possibility to directly ask questions to Dr Pasang Y. Arya, through an interactive online class. Practice training is given in intensive 6-day workshops in Europe (TM course A) under Dr Pasang Arya’s direct guidance. TME TIBETANMEDICINE E DUCATIONCENTER A very rare opportunity to study traditional Tibetan Medicine and its contemporary practice with the prominent senior Tibetan doctor Prof. PASANG YONTEN ARYA