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Buddhadharma : Summer 2009
25 summer 2 00 9 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly By contrast, my root teacher, Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak, is a peaceful teacher. I truly appreciate and enjoy this relationship, but there have been times because of his peaceful nature that I dis- played a tendency to negotiate and not completely follow his advice. When I did this, no one challenged or tested me. At times, I was able to recognize my ten- dency and reinforce my efforts to follow his advice, but there were times I was not even able to see that I had stopped following his advice. Nothing should interfere with the relationship between you, the student, and an authentic teacher. Once you have examined and accepted a teacher, your job is to grow, and nothing else. The teacher is the teacher, and in the teacher/student relationship, the stu- dent clearly needs to give up more than the teacher does. But in the West we have all seen examples of students who approach the dharma with personal ambition or an agenda to fulfill. To the extent that a student is unable to see this, it is easy to give up following the path, or turn against the teacher or fel- low students when ambitions are not fulfilled, mistaking injury to ego with actual harm. If one’s heart is blocked, one will have a difficult time discerning the difference and will judge wrongly. If one’s heart is open and clear, one can find a way to discern the difference, and continue to deepen the relationship with one’s teacher and, ultimately, oneself. narayan lieBenson grady: The expres- sion of wrath is never appropriate or skillful in the teacher/student rela- tionship, given that the word “wrath” means vengeful anger. It is important, however, to distin- guish between selfish anger aligned with a personal agenda, and the forceful use of energy in the service of compassion and liberation. The trouble is, this is not so easy; there is a lot of potential for misinterpreting strong energy. Some of our interpretation depends on our conditioning and experiences. What appears to be wrath to one person may be experienced as spiritual urgency and July arts month a one-month residential program where zen training and creative practice meet June 30 - July 26, 2009 mountainsandriversorderofzenbuddhism zen brush clay painting voice flowers John stevens meredith monk marcia wang shibata pat steir mn. Jody hoJin kimmel Zen Mountain Monastery mount tremper, new york John Daido Loori, Abbot Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, resident priest 845.688.2228 www.mro.org 30 CHURCH STREET, BARNET, VERMONT 05821 samadhicushions.com 1.800.331.7751 A COMPLETE ONLINE SOURCE FOR MEDITATORS. SINCE 1975. 000582 582 582 5 00 AAARN RN RN TTT, BA BA BA i 3 VE VE VE 30303030 TRE TRE TREEEE CHU CHU CHURRRCCCHS HS HSTTT NT0 TT0 111 EEETTT MON MON MON Don’t just do somethinngg. Sit there. MEDITATION CUSHIONS MEDITATION BENCHES GONGS INCENSE MALAS MEDITATION TABLES BOOKS AND MEDIA BEGINNER SETS Sales support Karmê Chöling here in Vermont and other Shambhala Buddhist Centers worldwide.