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Buddhadharma : Fall 2007
buddhadharma| 23 |fall 2007 agreement with your partner, bring that to mind when you sit down to do your meditation practice and allow yourself to feel the disturbance as it exists in you in that moment. Rather than focusing on what your partner did or did not say or do, look directly into your experience at that moment, without judging or elabo- rating upon it. Be aware of the tensions in your body, the quality of your breath and emotions, and the movement of your mind. Simply be with it. Allow your pos- ture and your breath to support you in being fully present. Discover the space of open awareness in the midst of your dis- comfort, and when the space opens up, rest there with clear attention. If you have accumulated tensions in your body, you may benefit from the prac- tice of yoga and breathing purification- exercises to help release these tensions. Also, if you are feeling overwhelmed, psychological counseling can provide an environment to safely examine and work through some of these feelings and help you to reduce this split you feel between the distress in your personal life and the relative peace of your practice. In the dharma, we endeavor to develop compassion for all sentient beings. When you engage in such an aspiration, con- sciously include your partner and family or anyone with whom you are having difficulty. Generate a clear intention and prayer that compassion and love will ripen in you in the midst of those chal- lenging relationships and the irritation and conflicts of daily life. Then, through the power of your practice and the ripen- ing of your intention, during these difficult moments you may find yourself spontane- ously open, or discover more willingness to be present, or at least recognize the possibility that this moment is an oppor- tunity to practice. In this way, we come to experience that daily life is dharma. You expressed concern about being a teacher. There are three levels of being a teacher: You teach something you have realized; you teach something you have understood but not yet realized; or you teach something you are reflecting upon and are in the process of understanding but have not yet realized. If you have a clear connection with your teacher and have been given his or her blessing and per- mission to teach, it is OK to do so. Every teacher does not have to be fully realized, but should be fully honest. His Holiness Menri Trizin 33rd, Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, “throne-holder” and spiritual leader of the Bon religion, will return to the USA to transmit the last of a three-part teaching on the uniquely Bon A-Tri Dzogchen meditation system. This teaching will include the practice of phowa (rainbow transformation) and A-Tri Dzogchen initiation. Students wishing to receive these teachings need not have attended any of the previous retreats. H. H. Menri Trizin 33rd WORLD LEADER OF BON TO GIVE THIRD A-TRI DZOGCHEN TEACHING IN USA October 30 – November 4, 2007 Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York For further information, visit www.bonfoundation.org California Institute of Integral Studies MA and PhD in Asian and Comparative Studies The study of spiritual discovery, Eastern religions, and sacred texts. For More Information 415.575.6154 • firstname.lastname@example.org 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103