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Buddhadharma : Summer 2007
summer 2007| 22 |buddhadharma friend, someone that you sense has real ized more wisdom and liberation within them than you have. It follows that we can have more than one spiritual friend in our lives. It’s more a matter of freedom and choice than a question of loyalty. As an example, at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center we have had three guiding teachers for the past many years. Members can choose to work with oneofusortwoofusorallthreeofus. One may start with one of us and then move to another. For our part, there is no sense of attachment or expectation that someone should be working with us in an enduring way. Of course, many people do work with one of us over the long term, but what really matters is that it is a ben eficial relationship. Knowing whether you should be with one teacher or another has to do with trust and affectionate resonance, as well as a sense that, at least at times, you are being stretched. Is it someone you are learning from? In this case, it’s not that you don’t appreciate what you have, it’s that you feel you might have a better fit with another teacher. Maybe you would, maybe you wouldn’t, but there is no prob lem in finding out. In any case, it’s always best that when you leave one teacher for another, you do so with gratitude for what you have learned. The other side of this, of course, is that you do have to be with a teacher long enough to let that person get to know you. As trust grows, more is possible in the teacheryogi relationship. The par ticular patterns and habits and torments of the heart can be seen more clearly by the teacher, which can really benefit the yogi. Geography is not unimportant. In the midst of our full lives, it can be very ben eficial to practice at a center that is close to you. On the other hand, going out of your way or letting go of convenience to study with someone you want to study with is also highly beneficial because it points to one’s commitment and dedica tion. And of course, it is great when the person you want to work with lives close to you as well. To me, you sound perhaps a bit too focused on getting or not getting some thing instead of recognizing that there is nothing to get or get rid of. Why don’t you have a chat with your current teacher and talk this out? June 5–10 BORN AS THE EARTH Wilderness Training Program Camping and canoeing, orienteering, survival skills August 10 –12 FINDING OUR WAY TOGETHER Wilderness Family Retreat Discovering comfort and each other in the wilderness August 13–19 THE COLOR OF WATER Exploration of Art in Nature Creativity, wilderness and Zen practice Zen Environmental Studies Institute and Zen Mountain Monastery Summer 2007 Schedule with John Daido Loori, Roshi and the Monastery Staff For more information call 845-688-2228 or see our website www.mro.org/zmm/retreats/ For more information: Call (970) 879-5425 or visit www.mingyur.org www.garrisoninstitute.org A Summer Retreat with Yongey Mingyur Dorje Rinpoche June 29 to July 5, 2007 Garrison Institute Garrison, NY Mingyur Rinpoche will present methods for transforming negativity and confusion in everyday life. This retreat is appropriate for students of all levels. Rinpoche will also be offering direct instructions on the nature of mind to more experienced practitioners.