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Buddhadharma : Spring 2017
spring 2 0 1 7 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 17 of a concrete reference point to cultivate by meditating, do not stray into ordinary deluded diffusion, even for a single moment. Instead, make sure that every aspect of your daily activities is embraced by an undis- tracted presence of mind. Whatever occurs and whatever you experience, strengthen your conviction that they are all insubstan- tial and magical illusions, so that you can experience this in the bardo as well. In short, at all times and in every situa- tion, make sure that whatever you do turns into the sacred dharma and dedicate every virtuous action toward enlightenment. By doing so, you will fulfill your guru’s wishes and be of service to the Buddha’s dharma; you will repay your parents’ kindness and spontaneously accomplish the benefit of yourself and others. Please keep this in your heart. Even if you were to have met me in person, I would have had no superior advice to give you, so bring it into your practice in every moment and in every situation. FROM A NEW TRANSLATION By ERIK PEMA KuNSANG POSTED ON LEVEKuNST.COM What are you doing here? Rebecca Li says that if you’ve lost sight of why you practice, it’s time to ask yourself some hard questions. Ask yourself, do I really want to understand my mind? The reason I bring this up is that I have worked with people who have been practicing for thirty years and they don’t know why. They attend a seven- or ten-day retreat, two or three times a year, yet they don’t realize that deep down they don’t believe in the importance of the present moment. They are just hoping that if they sit their butt on this cushion long enough, something will happen. Ask yourself: what am I doing here? Do you know? Is it clear in your mind? It takes time, actual effort, and a willingness to ask ourselves challenging questions, especially for some of us who have been doing the practice for some time. We may not want to find out we don’t know what we’re doing. It’s kind of embarrassing. But we need to ask. FROM chan MagazIne, SuMMER 2016 look at your resistance Sebene Selassie explains how to go deeper into the dharma work of diversity and inclusivity. To really engage in this work, there has to be some level of genuine motivation. If you have no interest at all, you might want to look at what that resistance or lack of