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Buddhadharma : Fall 2013
58 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY FALL 2 0 1 3 This is a concordant experience of the fourth moment—the entry into the realm where time, and therefore you, disappear. These magical states, akin to what psycholo- gists call the state of “flow” and athletes refer to as the “zone,” don’t have to be accidental. The zone of the fourth moment can be cultivated by training the mind to be present. In this regard, as Zen teacher Baker Roshi puts it, mindfulness makes you “accident prone.” The more you practice mindfulness, the more you stumble into the zone. Those who achieve shamatha can rest their minds in meditative absorption, or samadhi, and taste immortality. They have tripped into the deathless zone of total presence. Despite the complexity of the bardos, the meditations that prepare us for them don’t need to be complex. Simplicity and relaxation are two key instructions for the bardos. Don’t underesti- mate the power of mindfulness. The Indian mas- ter Naropa said, “Since the consciousness [in the bardo] has no support, it is difficult to stabilize mindful intention. But if one can maintain mind- fulness, traversing the path will be trouble-free. Meditating for one session in that intermediate state may be liberating.” PHOTO | FLORIANA BARBU