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Buddhadharma : Spri 2007
buddhadharma| 41 |spring 2007 sense, it is truly a blessing. the arrival of pain cuts through the unique bondage of this moment, liberating us into dharmakaya. at the moment of freedom, we see just how much expectation we’ve been having, how much we’ve been identifying with some relative situation or experience. being cut through in this way can be experienced as hor- rific, humorous, frightening, sad, inspiring, and so on. but in any case, it leaves us with an apprecia- tion of the sacredness of the experience of pain as an incursion of supreme wisdom in our lives. Open, Fearless, and Creative Discovering pain as the dharmakaya and as the sambhogakaya are practices that are initially devel- oped on the meditation cushion. after we have trained in these practices in formal meditation, we can then apply them anytime and anywhere. Discovering physical pain as the nirmanakaya is a practice that can be engaged directly in the post-meditative state simply by looking – again, from within nonconceptual mind – at the impact of the pain we may be feeling. When we approach physical pain through these Mahamudra instructions, we find that far from being trapped and defeated, we are able to work with it in an increasingly open, fearless, and cre- ative way. Finally, our growing familiarity with, and skill in relating to, our pain in Mahamudra practice can lead us into and through the process of dying. Skirt, 1990 (detail) Cloth and glass ©KiKismiTh,CourTesypACewilDensTein,neWyorK.phoToBy:D.JAmesDee/CourTesypACewilDensTein,neWyorK