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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
human. Whether it’s love or beauty or pleasure, much of life is a search for particular emo- tional experiences. When people hear about things like nonattachment and mindfulness, they may fear they’ll have to give up their emotional life. Yet they also want to be free from the painful grip of emotion. What happens to our emotional life when we fully take up the Buddhist path? The Dzogchen PonloP RinPoche: I wouldn’t say that losing our emotions or thoughts is some- thing we need to worry about. When we meditate, they’re still there. They don’t go away. We couldn’t lose them, even if we wanted to [laughter]. ShaRon SalzbeRg: I’m reminded of something that Ajahn Chah, the Thai meditation master, said: “As you meditate, your mind will get quieter and quieter, like a still forest pool. Many wonderful and rare animals will come to drink at the pool, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha.” I love the image of the wonderful and rare animals. The stillness is not a constraint; it’s not holding down or repressing any experience. Everything still arrives, but what makes the buDDhaDhaRma: Many of us think of emotion as the most important part of life, the thing that makes us 47 summEr 2 00 8 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly