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Buddhadharma : Fall 2016
fall 2016 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 47 relationship with compassion and wisdom. Then, as we enter Dzogchen, Mahamudra, or tantric teach- ings in the Tibetan tradition, we become increas- ingly oriented to seeing that the bodhisattvas and buddhas are not external. They have always been part of us. They are not external; the external- ity is only skillful means until we get to a point where we’ve dissolved enough of the musculature that’s holding on to an ordinary, limited sense of self. It’s like the ice cracking and the ocean seeping through, and the ocean is infinite, and you realize that Manjushri is really you and your compassion is Avalokiteshvara. That discovery is a very impor- tant development in our practice. Perhaps it’s the Tibetan way of saying, “If you meet the Buddha on deeply into the heart of the practice, where we shed all of the limiting views that beset us, this becomes an organic process. Do your practice, and in the practice, there’s an outcome. There is a fruit, and we can look at that fruit. We know a baker when he bakes. BuDDhADhARMA: As practitioners, how can we skill- fully relate to traditional bodhisattva representa- tions such as Avalokiteshvara or Manjushri? ANNE KLEIN: Initially we see bodhisattvas as great beings and as inspiring symbols of wonderful quali- ties. They inspire us; they open us to a sense of wonder. By admiring them, we gain a very personal PHOTO | rio achmar