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Buddhadharma : Winter 2007
winter 2007| 20 |buddhadharma release them and become more familiar with open awareness. As you experience more clarity and openness in your body, breath, and mind, rest in the space that has become clearer. Bring clear attention to that opening. In that openness you can discover peace and freedom. That open- ness is the source of limitless positive qual- ities. This discovery is the real purpose of impermanence practice. Each one of us can realize: “Yes, it is true, I am dying. Not only am I dying, but thousands are dying at this very moment.” death is not personal. It is not a failure. It happens to all living beings. Acceptance is important, and that is why a daily prayer in Buddhist liturgy concludes with the line: “Bless me to understand impermanence deeply.” Once we understand and accept the truth of impermanence, the power of that acceptance supports us to continuously expose hidden fears and attachments and release the restrictions of those hopes and fears, allowing each of us to live fully and well in this moment, whatever the condi- tions of the moment present. Genes are also conditions and are not primordi- ally true. don’t limit your experience by thinking that your condition is genetically determined and that’s it. Release that view into openness. If you are modifying your diet, don’t think, “I have cancer and I might die, so I need to eat this food.” Instead, allow what you eat to nourish you as you live fully and well in this moment. At the very moment you discover anxi- ety or fear, release it through the support of your dharma practice. Each moment you release tension and anxiety or abandon negative thoughts, you can experience a glimpse of open space in you. Recognizing and resting in the space that has become clearer, you develop increasing familiarity with the openness of your natural mind and cut the habit of hope and fear that binds all living beings in suffering. This open awareness is the best medicine for living and for dying. narayan lieBensOn grady: We all live with the fact of impermanence, whether or not we have a life-threatening disease. When we are very ill, however, we may be able to see more clearly and directly how utterly unpredictable life truly is and the inevita- bility that each of us will die in some way, at some time. dharma practice helps us to work with this insight. ➤ TIBETAN SOUND HEALING Tibetan Sound Healing Book and CD $19.95 plus S&H Availablefrom Ligmincha Institute’s BOOKSTORE &TIBET SHOP firstname.lastname@example.org To ll Free: 866.522.5269 www.ligminchastore.org Seven Guided Practicesfor Clearing Obstacles, AccessingPositive Qualities, and UncoveringYour Inherent Wisdom, SoundsTrue, 2006 Newbook by Te nzin Wa ngyalRinpoche ForTenzin Wa ngyalRinpoche's worldwide teaching schedule please go to www.ligmincha.org 2007 U.S. Te aching Schedule forTenzinRinpoche Sept. 27-30, Chamma Ling, Crestone,CO Sherab Chamma: Wisdom Loving Mother E-mail: ChammaLing@Ligmincha.org;www.chammaling.org Oct. 10-14, Charlottesville,VA Chöd; Ligmincha’s AnnualFallRetreat Nov. 16-18,Berkeley,CA Tr ansforming Ordinary Perceptioninto Bliss: The Five-FoldTeaching of theDzogchen Master Dawa Gyaltsen E-mail:email@example.com Dec. 27, 2007-Jan.1, 2008, Charlottesville,VA The ExperientialTransmissionof The ZhangZhung Nyen Gyu AnnualWinterDzogchen Retreat E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org