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Buddhadharma : Winter 2007
buddhadharma| 15 |winter 2007 calm and tranquility of our meditation will spill over into our everyday lives. This approach is promoted by traditional Bud- dhism to a certain extent, because tranquility med- itation practice does calm our minds. You can see the benefits of having a regular meditation practice as you develop a greater sense of calm. When peo- ple act negatively toward you, you may no longer react in a volatile way. You keep your cool and feel proud that your meditation is working. Nonetheless, the Buddhist tradition has never promoted tranquility meditation as the way to deal with our emotional disturbances and negativities. We need to understand that our disturbing emo- tions will never go away through this kind of medi- tation, because calming the mind and emotions is not the same as transforming the mind. We may become better at handling our negative emotions when things are not too bad, but when we experi- ence some kind of crisis, our meditation practice won’t stop us from being thrown into deep states of depression, despair, or total confusion. We might even doubt the efficacy of meditation itself, feeling it does nothing more than a Band-Aid job if it only works when things are going moderately well. However, people only come to this conclusion if they have a wrong understanding of meditation. If we don’t equate calming the mind with mental transformation, we won’t make the mistake of thinking tranquility meditation is the aim of Bud- dhist practice. We need to think about the mind in terms of transformation, because that is the real aim of Buddhism. FrOm “emOtiOns and meditatiOn” By traleg kyaBgOn rinPOche. PuBlished in the snOW liOn neWsletter, summer 2007. HADlEYHOOPER “ enlightenment is not a state of minD” Students recall their encounters with Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in David Chadwick’s book, Zen is Right Here. during a break in one of the early sesshins at Sokoji, a student returning to his seat early straightened a picture on the wall before he sat down on his cush- ion. Only he and Suzuki Roshi were in the zendo at the time. After a moment, Suzuki got up to leave the room. He walked down the aisle, stopped at the picture, returned it to its crooked position, and continued out the door. ~A student asked, “does a Zen master suffer in a different way than his students suffer?” Suzuki answered, “In the same way. If not, I don’t think he is good enough.” ~Once in a lecture Suzuki Roshi said, “Hell is not punishment, it’s training.” ~A student asked Suzuki Roshi if he kept an eye on his students to see if they were following the Buddhist precepts. “I don’t pay any attention to whether you’re following the precepts or not,” he answered. “I just notice how you are with one another.” ~After a lecture a young man asked Suzuki Roshi what he thought about LSd. All he said was, “Enlightenment is not a state of mind.” ~In dokusan a student repeated something that Suzuki Roshi had said in a lecture. Suzuki shook his head. “No?” the student asked. “But you said...” “When I said it, it was true,” Suzuki answered. “When you said it, it was false.” FrOm zen is right here: teaching stOries and anecdOtes OF shunryu suzuki, edited By david chadWick. PuBlished By shamBhala PuBlicatiOns, 2007. the real aim of meDitation Meditation is not about calming the emotions, says Traleg Rinpoche; it’s about transforming the mind. Many people have the idea that meditation is a way to avoid dealing with their negative emotions, just as they use it to deal with anxiety, stress, worry, and agitated states of mind. They see meditation as a way of calming themselves down and reach for the meditation cushion instead of a prozac tablet. We hope that our meditation practice will make our unpleasant experiences disappear. We think we’ll become less angry and agitated and that the KarmaTriyanaDharmachakraWoodstockNewYork The Kagyu Monlam Book: A Compilation for Recitation, by His Holiness Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje Translated by the Kagyu Monlam Translation Team: Ringu Tulku, Yeshe Gyamtso, and Karma Choepel U.S. Edition: Tibetan, English, phoneticization. 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