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Buddhadharma : Spring 2008
buddhadharma| 19 |spring 2008 WE Would likE to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly: • Ivan Cheng • mohan Corsiglia • • don farber • Laura ford • david Goldes • • Jolie Gorchov • Jonathan Hanley • • nisa Haron • merlijn Hoek • • Houldsworth Gallery • • Wen-Yan King • Kusou Gallery • • maureen mcnicholas • Ven. nyanatusita • • the rubin musuem of art • • dave mark Warren • david Yi • • Brent Young • that you are simply in a phase of adjust- ment. When you first start, it’s a bit like doing pushups. You may find that as you continue meditating, your body and mind will adjust to this new posture and your muscles will ache less. It is important to note whether the soreness continues beyond the sitting. If it doesn’t, it’s OK to continue with the sitting. sometimes our fear of discomfort is worse than the actual sensations of dis- comfort. However, if you are just gritting your teeth and trying to make it through to the end of a sitting session, you may want to inquire into your motivation. You may be pushing yourself unwisely, trying too hard to get something out of the practice. It would be wiser to practice with the intention of relaxing, accepting, and discovering how things are. also, if you push too hard you run the risk of quitting your practice at some point, whereas if you practice in a slow and steady way, you will be able to reap the fruit from practice your whole life. remember, the aim of practice is to cultivate wisdom and equanimity, not endurance. as for community, what you have read is true: taking refuge in the sangha of like-minded fellow practitioners is invaluable. It is one of the triple gems of Buddhist practice. However, we mustn’t be shortsighted in our definition of com- munity. Just because there isn’t anyone in your particular geographical area doesn’t mean that there aren’t countless beings all over the world who are practicing at this very moment. When you sit, try to remember that although you can’t see us, many people are sitting with you. VISIT THE SHAMBHALA SUN ONLINE GALLERY www.shambhalasun.com Bring Home theLove with art from the pages of the Shambhala Sun VISIT THE SHAMBHALA SUN ONL AM