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Buddhadharma : Fall 2007
fall 2007| 22 |buddhadharma in is an unconditional peace – peace that is present in all circumstances. The only way to know this kind of peace is to expand what you are calling “meditation.” A true understanding of the Buddha’s teaching reveals that every moment is an essential moment in which to practice. Can you bring the same mind to the stress, anxiety, worry, and anger that you experience in your daily life as you do to the calm and tranquility that you experience in formal meditation periods? Also remember that fantasy, even if about wholesome subjects such as a life of meditation, only takes away from one’s life and causes it to remain fragmented. The trick is to use each moment that you are thinking “I wish I could meditate” to actually meditate. To actually meditate means to be aware that this thought is occurring and to observe your mind. In that moment, ask yourself, what is hap- pening? What is the quality of your heart? Can you relax and observe this moment as it is? Can you accept all mind states as they are? Lastly, it’s important to bring your real life to your teacher. We all want to pres- ent ourselves in the best possible way to the people we look up to, but if you don’t bring your true situation and struggles to interviews, the help and guidance that you receive will be quite limited. geshe tenZin wangyaL rinPoChe: Dharma is a profound and complete psychological as well as spiritual path and can address the apparent split between the psychological and spiritual well-being you describe. If your meditation practice has become a means to simply sit by yourself and be quiet, you are subtly escaping your life, and the benefits of your practice will be short-lived. Bringing your life to the cush- ion is essential; we should not separate our spiritual life from our worldly life, but rather seek to integrate them and rec- ognize that our daily life is dharma. How can practice and daily life be integrated? It is important to take the opportunity to reflect upon the precious- ness of your human birth. Also, consider the amount of suffering evident in this world and reflect upon the gifts of your situation. From that base of support, bring the issues and challenges of your personal life directly into your practice, working with your body, breath, and mind. For instance, if you’ve had a dis- 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 Abbot John Daido Loori ZEN MOUNTA IN MONASTERY ONE MONTH RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM For more information email@example.com or visit our award-winning website www.mro.org Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism Comprehensive introduction to Zen The Eight Gates of training matrix Weekend and week-long retreats and sesshins Monastic and lay residential community Set on 250 acres in the Catskills surrounded by a nature preserve Easily accessible from all northeast cities Konrad Ryushin Marchaj Resident Priest