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Buddhadharma : Fall 2011
25 fall 2 01 1 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly mind itself, you cannot find anything, and in what you cannot find, you abide. Thought is the moving mind and not the nature of mind. You can think anything. You can create anything. When we allow thoughts, we can cre- ate incredible stories that make us laugh and make us cry. The more we identify with our stories and the one creating the stories, the more we are trapped in our pain. Freeing oneself from pain is not a matter of finding a better story. Instead, we must find the storyteller. Yet when we search for this storyteller, we cannot find anything solid that is itself not just another story. As we look directly, precisely, and nakedly at the thoughts, they cannot remain. As they dissolve, we may become aware of an observer of thoughts. So, we look directly and nakedly at this observer. Again, even the observer dis- solves and what remains is open and clear. There we abide in open aware- ness. Looking directly at our thoughts without further elaboration, we find that thought is like a cloud that dis- solves into the sky. We refer to this sky as the base of all, the source, or the great mother. With the absence of thought we see this space more clearly than with the presence of thought. But thought gives us a contrast experience, a doorway to discover the boundless space of being, which is not a product of the moving, thinking mind and is not experienced by this moving mind. The unbounded space of being is directly and nakedly perceived by awareness itself, rigpa. Because awareness and space are not separate, they are referred to as union. This union spontaneously gives birth to positive qualities, such as compassion. So in meditation practice, don’t do anything. Allow thought; it will dis- solve. If it is not dissolving, observe nakedly and see it dissolve. As we medi- tate, we become more and more famil- iar with the openness we experience as our grasping dissolves. In this way, we recognize our true nature as buddha and positive qualities are naturally and spontaneously available for the benefit of others. DZOGCHEN CENTER AWAKENING THE BUDDHA WITHIN Awakening to this natural wisdom and compassion is the practice of Dzogchen—Natural Great Perfection. In his new book, Buddha Standard Time, Lama Surya Das shows how we can make every moment an expression of our true Buddha-like nature. Join Lama Surya for an awakening retreat and see why Ram Das says of his new book, “If you want your future moments to sparkle with ecstatic awareness, read this book.” Discover what Thich Nhat Hanh means when he says that Lama Surya’s book offers, “A wealth of inspiration and practical tips for enjoying the Kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, now.” AWAKENING RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYA DAS Awakening the Buddha Within Annapolis, MD September 30 – October 1, 2011 Buddha Standard Time Tibetan Mongolian Cultural Center, Bloomington, IN October 6 – October 8, 2011 For Information and Registration: www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 585- 348-7125. Based on his 40 years of spiritual experience, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, Lama Surya Das is a master at transmitting to Westerners the teachings of the Great Perfection. Many students have found that this is Lama Surya’s special gift— his ability to transmit the very pith of these instructions with expansive warmth, poetry and abundant good humor. He has often said “my mission is transmission.” He has reached millions through the publication of 13 books, including his latest, Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now. The Realm of Kuntuzangpo Advanced Dzogchen Retreat (prerequisites apply) Dzogchen Osel Ling, Austin, TX October 15 – October 22, 2011 Natural Meditation, Dzogchen Meditation With Guest Teachers Mirabai Bush & Tulku Sherab Dorje Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY January 1 – January 8, 2012 "AS CHOGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE ONCE SAID, 'We are far more Buddha-like than we know.'" – Lama Surya Das in Awakening the Buddha Within "AS CHOGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE ONCE SAID, 'We are far more Buddha-like than we know.'" – Lama Surya Das in Awakening the Buddha Within