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Buddhadharma : Summer 2012
SUMMER 2 0 1 2 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 19 EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO TEACHERS@THEBUDDHADHARMA.COM NARAYAN LIEBENSON GRADY: The Buddha answers your question beautifully and suc- cinctly in the Bahiya Sutra. He says, “You should train yourself thus: Whenever you see a form, simply see; whenever you hear a sound, simply hear; whenever you taste a flavor, simply taste; whenever you feel a sen- sation, simply feel; whenever a thought arises, let it just be a thought. Then ‘you’ will not exist; whenever ‘you’ do not exist, you will not be found in this world, another world, or in between. That is the end of suffering.” Remember, everything the Buddha taught had to do with suffering and the end of suf- fering. His teaching was not so much a phi- losophy as much as a practical path, leading to the end of sorrow and lamentation. From this perspective, the question might be: Is suffering occurring right now? If so, can it be released? The practice is to investigate the nature of reality in such a way as to bring inner free- dom. The key is to let go of attachment, espe- cially attachment to the thought or sense of an inherently existing solid self. We see that what we call the self is empty of intrinsic real- ity and that identifying with anything as being me, mine, or myself is dukkha. The meditat- ing mind is also empty of inherent existence. “Mind” is sometimes defined as the activi- ties of mind; thoughts, intentions, percep- tions, and mental states. Other times, what is meant by “mind” is consciousness or aware- ness. In a way, there are many minds, not just When we meditate, who or what is meditating? Is it mind? How is the brain/body involved? If meditation is ultimately about mind seeing its own true nature, how are we to understand the mind that meditates? (LEFT–RIGHT):BARBARAWENGER,JANINEGULDENER,MARYLANG ZENKEI BLANCHE HARTMAN is former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center GESHE TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE is a lineage holder of the Bön Dzogchen tradition of Tibet NARAYAN LIEBENSON GRADY is a guiding teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center ASK THE TEACHERS Q