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Buddhadharma : Fall 2005
fall 2005| 22 |buddhadharma with that, i would not proceed with such a relationship. in our ordinary lifestyle in the West, it is healthier to bring dharma practice into our lives than to avoid the challenges of life in order to practice the dharma. Developing a loving relationship with a partner can be an opportunity to bring dharma practice into everyday life. it is important to discover the basic goodness in all situations and to develop compas- sion for all beings. The daily opportuni- ties that arise when living closely with another can be the spark that encourages this on a very practical level. Buddhism says to renounce attach- ment and eventually achieve enlighten- ment. We don’t do that right away. We have that goal in mind and work in each moment with our attachment. Every single thing we do is attachment – wear- ing clothes, earning money, even asking a question. no matter which way you ask a question, it has to do with attach- ment. With no attachment, there are no questions! So in the relative sense, we work with attachment. There are obvi- ous attachments we want to get rid of, such as being overly attached to our partner or greedy with our possessions. These attachments clearly bring suffer- ing, and we should directly cut them. And there are some attachments that are useful – such as attachment to our dharma teachers and dharma practice, which will guide us and support us towards our final goal of attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. in marriage, we can work with attachments every day and transform them into love or one of the four immeasurables: love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Being in relation- ship provides ample opportunity for that process of transformation. WE WOUlD lIkE TO THANk the following people and organizations for their assis- tance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly: Sylvan Barnet & William Burto • Dai-En Bennage • noelle Blalock • Tony Bland • Barbara Casey • Daniel Collins • Michael Conklin • Peter Cunningham • Dang ngo Photography • Ahna Fender • Karen Gutowski • Lobsang Jampa • Meiko Jones • Shane Michael Manieri • Stephanie Merzel • Melissa A. Moy • Michael David Murphy • Shotai de la Rosa • Heather Ryan • Sandra Scales • Brian Spielmann • R. Pyx Sutherland • Tanya Takacs • Libby Vigeon • Rick Wallace • Bar-Romei Watt • Barbara Wenger DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST dzogchen the natural great perfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYA DAS Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by many to be "the teaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate, essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are held across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS Santa Rosa, CA Fall October 8 –16, 2005 Garrison, NY Winter December 30, 2005 – January 8, 2006 Joshua Tr ee,CA Spring March 25– April 2, 2006 Garrison, NY Summer July 15– 30, 2006 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY • NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVAT E, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE 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 617-628 -1702. LAMA SURYA DAS is the author of Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss and Spiritual Tr ansformation. He is also the noted author of the Awakening Trilogy: Awakening the Buddha Within, Awakening to the Sacred, and Awakening the Buddhist Heart. Lama Surya Das is a Lineage Holder of the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the Rimé (non-sectarian) tradition. For over thirty years, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, he has studied with the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism.With his open and lively style, he is particularly effective in the transmission of Buddhism by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight, as well as methods of practice, in a manner accessible to all. Main House at Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York “Home of the Eight Gates Training Matrix” Abbot: John Daido Loori, Roshi Fire Lotus City Temple – Zen Center of New York City “Because the fire burns, the lotus blooms.” Resident Teacher: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei Dharma Communications “Support for your spiritual practice.” Media support for spiritual practice at home Society of Mountains and Rivers “World-wide spiritual community.” Network of affiliate groups from New Jersey to New Zealand National Buddhist Prison Sangha “Finding the freedom within.” Director: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei Zen Environmental Studies Institute “On behalf of wilderness.” Retreat sites in the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains For information, contact us at: Zen Mountain Monastery P.O. Box 197SS · Mt.Tremper, NY 12457 (845) 688-2228 · email@example.com See our award-winning web site at www.mro.org for a comprehensive overview of the MRO. Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism