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Buddhadharma : Spring 2011
42 There is neither virtue in what is meager; nor evil in what is bountiful. Regardless of wealth or poverty, when the mind of greed arises people lose their beautiful minds. The buddha mind is the mind that knows what is sufficient. —Eihei Dogen LaY BuDDhisT PraCTiCe affords us a wide latitude in which to practice and learn what is sufficient. in householder life, we can cut our expenses to the bone and throw all our belongings in a river, or we can live in some other extreme, practice. what is meditation about if not bringing awareness to the heightened situations in life? it’s relatively easy to feel at ease on the meditation cushion when you’ve received a big bonus at work. it’s harder when you’ve just lost your job. working mindfully with such difficulties can actually show us that awareness is more effective than we thought. it’s not only about smoothing things out, it’s also about looking into dark corners. equanimity is about finding balance in the midst of chaos, not trying to banish conflict from our lives. Trouble with money can help us learn about ourselves. embracing poverty and giving up whatever is not essential, as is practiced in many monastic traditions, isn’t practical for lauRa JoMon MaRTin is a licensed clinical social worker and teaches Mindfulness-Based stress Reduction in Portland, oregon. she is a student of Jan Chozen Bays Roshi and zen teacher hogen Bays at the zen Community of oregon. CaRolyn Rose GiMian is the editor of Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery, and other works by Chögyam Trungpa, including his Collected Works. she is the founding director of the shambhala archives, based in halifax, nova scotia. most of us living in north america today. To overcome our money “neurosis” we have to actually work with money and the emotions that arise. if we can slay the Lords of Material- ism in everyday life, we may be able to help others see beyond Their sway. Then we may begin to learn how much is enough, how much is too much, and how we can use our resources to help others. so working with money is also an opportunity to learn about generosity. The first stage is often recognizing miserliness—the poverty mentality. if we don’t admit we’re holding onto some- thing, how can we let go? The Buddha recommended we begin to develop generosity by taking something in one hand and giv- ing it to the other. This sounds rather silly. however, i just tried it with my iPhone. i held it in my left hand, intensified my feeling of loving my gadget, and then gave it to my right hand. i felt a little sense of loss and emptiness when i passed the phone from hand to hand. how much more could be learned if i actually gave the phone away? in the Buddhist tradition, a real act of generosity is described as “giving the giver.” But giving the iPhone—or any gift—is a place to start. • practicing Financial awareness Laura Jomon Martin suggests ways to identify our habitual patterns and attitudes around money and to foster a more generous outlook. spending money for things and experiences that cause more problems in our lives or the lives of others. regardless of how we express our lives financially, observing our behavior with money reveals how we approach everything—shining a light on our assumptions, habits, relationships. Mindfulness of money is a powerful practice. here are a few ways to become more aware of our financial behavior. Track spending to the penny: Many people experience vague- ness when it comes to money. This can be expressed in not balancing the checkbook, being unclear about regular income and expenses, or living in chaos, anxiety, avoidance, obses- sion, or resentment about money. a demanding but rewarding antidote to this is to track spending to the penny. Carrying a small notebook to tally cash expenditures, keeping receipts, balancing the checkbook, and noting automated transactions can help create a clearer picture—especially when you add it Jimgimianpatrickgreen