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Buddhadharma : Fall 2010
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly FALL 2 0 10 8 We WouLd Like To ThAnk the following people and organizations for their assistance with this issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Jacinte Armstrong • Greg Cradick Dennis Crean • David Creswell • June Crow Terry Doyle • Drala Books & Gifts, Halifax Joe Evans • Julie Frasier • Christine Haggarty Roshi Joan Halifax • Richard & Alice Haspray Marvin Moore Photography Beth Mulligan • Craig Munro • Hugh O’Neill Alan Rabold • Mary Remington Rubin Museum of Art • Kazuaki Tanahashi Shari & Robert Vogler • Atelier Erwin Wurm other people sitting quietly in the room, the shadow of the lamp against the wall, the brush of your hair against your ear, the pull of your clothes against your skin—then your pain is one of a hun- dred elements of your consciousness at that moment. And that is pain you can live with, because it’s merely one of the multitude of sensations in your life. This is certainly not passively accept- ing pain. I avoid the word “acceptance” because it does not convey how active, creative, dynamic, and energetic the pro- cess is by which we learn to stay with and pay attention to our pain. As J. David Creswell discovered from his brain imaging study, the brain is very active when we’re paying attention: “By sim- ply observing and noticing how you’re responding, you’re actually enlisting resources to regulate that response.” A participant in one of my pain workshops complained all day of his knee pain as I led the group in mindful- ness practices involving slow awareness movements, walking backward to break neural habits, and awareness of breath- ing while speaking. At the end of the day he pronounced his pain sadly undi- minished. But more than a year later I received a letter from him thanking me for that day. He said he had been pas- sively at the mercy of his pain until that day of neural exercises demonstrated to him how active he could be in his own perception of pain. He didn’t realize it until later, but the profound teaching for him had been that he could do something about it. firstname.lastname@example.org / 434.263.6304 / www.ligmincha.org / www.ligminchastore.org To subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter, visit VoiceOfClearLight.org GESHÉ TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE Author of THE TIBETAN YOGAS OF DREAM AND SLEEP Oct. 6–10, 2010 Sleep of Clear Light Oct. 2, 2010 New Directions in the Dialogue Between Buddhism and Science A powerful tool for awakening to the luminous awareness that is the true nature of the mind, sleep yoga helps us to integrate all mo- ments — waking, sleeping, meditation, and even death — with the clear light of awareness. During this retreat, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will teach the images and visualizations of the practice as well as physical Tibetan yoga exercises that support meditative awareness by clearing obstacles of the body, energy and mind. To learn more, register online, or enter the broadcast site contact: 2010 Free Live Internet Broadcasts With Geshé Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Receive dzogchen teachings from the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition. Sun., Oct. 10, 12–1:15 p.m. ET: Guided dzogchen practice Tues., Oct. 12, 7–8:30 p.m. ET:The Power of Openness Tues., Nov. 16, 7–8:30 p.m. ET: Nourishing Your Inner Being Geshé Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is renowned for his engaging teaching style, his ability to make profound teachings highly rele- vant and practical, and his skill in bringing Western students to clear, direct understanding through personal experience. Tenzin Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha Institute. He is the author of The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep; Tibetan Sound Healing; Wonders of the Natural Mind; and Healing With Form, Energy and Light. Ligmincha Institute at Serenity Ridge, Nelson County, Va. The Sleep Yoga Practice from the Tibetan Bon Buddhist Tradition A one-day workshop in conjunction with the Div. of Perceptual Studies within the Dept. of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia