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Buddhadharma : Fall 2010
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly FALL 2 0 10 24 suffering is the transformative under- standing of karma and not-self—under- standing that wholesome mind states bring wholesome results and unwhole- some mind states bring unwholesome results, and seeing through the belief in a permanently abiding unchanging self. Tenzin WAngyAL rinPoche: It is not true that there is no self. There is no inherently existing self. When you realize there is no inherent existence of the self you begin to connect with your conventional, relative existence. Usually we don’t realize our relative existence because we experience ourselves as solidly existing. This seem- ingly solid self, or ego, is referred to as the karmic conceptual pain body. Basically, ego is the mind that imag- ines itself and its stories to be real. When we awaken the eye of wisdom, we are able to recognize the truth of imperma- nence and recognize that this self, this ego, this pain body, is actually a collec- tion of experiences that are in constant flux or change from moment to moment. When we experience the illusory nature of our pain body, we realize the conven- tional nature of the self. This is referred to as the recognition of emptiness— empty of the imputation of a fixed self. This recognition supports us to become free from the grasping mind, the mind that experiences our self and our world as solid and fixed. The way ignorance sees, the way the conceptual mind experiences the self— that self doesn’t exist. Recognizing this illusory nature, one cuts the root of ignorance, which is basically failing to recognize the truth of emptiness, which is the emptiness of the inherently existing self. This recognition is not a product of thought but is a direct experience. I often guide my students to experience directly the stillness of the body, the silence of speech, and the spaciousness of mind. This is our inner refuge. This is the healing space in which the production of ego —the thoughts, feelings, emotions, sensations—is free to arise, dwell, and then dissolve. Seeing this from moment to moment is recognizing the transitory VISIT THE SHAMBHALA SUN ONLINE STORE www.thebuddhadharma.com SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. SALE! Enjoy savings of up to 35% on our collection of dharma art – www.thebuddhadharma.com Own the Art that Wows Enjoy our collection of dharma art captured in beautiful archival quality giclée prints. Taken from the pages of the magazines, the gallery art includes pieces by well-known teachers, artists and contributors, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam Trungpa, Kaz Tanahashi, and cartoonist David Sipress. Enso, © Kazuaki Tanahashi