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Buddhadharma : Spring 2011
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly spring 2 0 11 86 countless times” as a caution that you should ease up on your religious practice. Arousing this mind countless times is the raw original life, the living and breathing raw life. As I said previously, to begin to practice shikantaza and to consequently say you get no affirmation and therefore you will quit this meaningless practice is a result of interpreting the statement “wake up to the Way-seeking mind countless times” idealistically. As a result, you will think how terribly difficult it is—“I have to arouse the Way-seeking mind countless times because I haven’t had satori yet. I want to have a satori experience and put everything right.” It’s as if when you were born and heard that from now on throughout your whole life you will have to continue breathing every minute, you think “Why can’t I just have one big breath and be done with it?” It is ridiculous. That’s why in the Hotsu Mujoshin, the quote about waking up countless times was followed by the statement, “However, if you understand that arousing the Way-seeking mind means one arousal and no further arousals—that practice is unlimited while realization is one awakening—you have not really heard the buddhadharma, you do not understand the buddhadharma, and you cannot connect with the buddha-dharma.” Which means that if you expect to be enlightened in one fell swoop, you will never understand this raw original life as it is. Even our biological existence is based on our breathing each moment through- out our lives—each time I breathe, I breathe a new life. Hence living your raw life is also like this; it is not some- thing you can think into existence. To live this raw life there is a proper pos- ture. That’s when you realize the Great Matter of a life of practice, and for the first time the true practice of shikan- taza begins. This is what is meant by “practice and enlightenment are one” or “practice beyond enlightenment.” That’s why Kodo Sawaki Roshi repeat- edly said: “Beginning-less satori and Endless Practice.” ➤ continued from page 31 Retreats with Lama Surya Das For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 585-348-7125. LAMA SURYA DAS was among the first spiritual explorers to encounter the great Tibetan masters in Asia. He embarked on two decades of study and practice, including more than eight years in secluded retreat. He began teaching in the U.S. with Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, who formally authorized him to transmit the teachings of Dzogchen—the Great Perfection. This is Lama Surya Das’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 12 books that draw on his 40 years of spiritual experience. His most recent work is The Mind is Mightier than the Sword: Enlightening the Mind, Opening the Heart. treat yourself to a week of perfection Retreats with Lama Surya Das There is a key that can unlock the wisdom and unlimited love that lies within us, and it is much closer than we imagine. This is the teaching of the Great Perfection. Introducing this natural wisdom and compassion is the life-work of Lama Surya Das. We invite you to join this renowned American Lama for a week of awakening to the joy of naturally-arising timeless awareness. Relax and sit in natural meditation: just-sitting, just-breathing, just-being. Rest in the sky-like nature of awareness itself. Each day we will eat delicious vegetarian food, enliven our bodies with Tibetan energy yoga, listen to the teachings of the Great Perfection, sit in natural meditation, chant, relax, take walks, breathe, be silent, ask questions, find answers, rest, and awaken. DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS View, Meditation and Action of the Great Perfection Joshua Tree, CA: March 12 – 20, 2011 Advanced Retreat* Austin, TX: April 30 – May, 7 , 2011 Natural Meditation, Dzogchen Meditation Garrison, NY: July 22 – 31, 2011 * prerequisites apply DZOGCHEN CENTER AWAKENING THE BUDDHA WITHIN