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Buddhadharma : Fall 2009
55 fall 2 00 9 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly of being. The body is not peripheral. Engagement with the body is at the heart of spirituality. It may be at a coarse level at the beginning, but if you go far enough in working with your body, you discover your fundamental being beyond time and space. tenzin WangyaL rinPoChe: In our tradition, we often talk about practice from the perspective of the body, the flow of the wind (prana), and the arising awareness of the mind. The average person can deal with the body much more easily than working immediately with the flow of wind, or energy, or the subtleties of awareness of the mind. So it’s good to start with posture, with a good sitting position, such as the five-point or seven- point posture. The moment somebody is sitting in one of those positions, all the channels and the chakras align, which sup- ports good flow of the wind, which supports awareness. Mind requires much less effort to be in the state of awareness. The role of the body, then, is to help the prana, and the prana helps the mind. If someone wanted to bypass the body and the wind, and try to directly force the mind into achieving sudden Students who don’t know how to place attention in the body and its various parts are much less likely to develop in their practice. They get stuck. —Phillip Moffitt (clockwisefromtopleft):davidmartinez;davidmartolomi;christinealicino;janineguldener awareness, that would be almost impossible. We also practice a physical yoga, trulkhor, with move- ments designed to open par- ticular chakras and channels, because in those chakras and channels, there are particular forms of prana, which are the direct cause of specific kinds of awareness. Whenever they are open and the winds are flow- ing better there, it’s easier for the mind to be aware. Work- ing with the body can avoid trying to force the mind to be quiet. When you try to tell the mind to sit quiet, it often does the opposite. If you’re trying