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Buddhadharma : Fall 2017
52 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly fall 2017 Feeling Stuck? Good! by Ajahn Sucitto Awareness practice isn’t about throwing a bucket of loving-kindness, or metta, down your nerve-endings, or pushing for catharsis. It’s about maintaining a holistic awareness and letting that have its effects. Awareness is normally some- thing that is directed by volition (cetana), the conscious or semiconscious will to do, to be, or to have; we don’t necessarily recognize that it has an innate vitality and energy that can be brought to bear with a more empathic kind of intention. To put it more simply, we don’t have to do a whole lot—doing is already happening in a subtler way. When we attend to something and listen to it, awareness naturally brings the intention or dominant tone of that energy, or sankhara, to the object. In this stuck state, the sankhara that we encourage are those of trust and empathy, applied persistently and patiently. We locate the stuck energy in the body and listen to it empathically while bearing the overall bodily state in mind. Relating the localized stuckness to the wholeness is what generates the healing pattern. We’re not trying to change the stuckness, or even understand it, but rather to attend to it, feel it out, and listen to it. We’re no longer absorbed in the hostility or hopelessness or frustration of trying to do something to make it change. There at the edge of our ability to make and do, a purer intention—to listen and resonate fully—has to take the lead. Emotional and cognitive states will follow: a new balance or some understanding arises after, not before, we unlock. Fall 2010 See the True Nature, Then Let Go and Relax in That by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche One does not need to abandon thoughts. One does not need to make thoughts go away, because thoughts in their essence are self-arisen and self-liberated. According to the second turning of the wheel of dharma, just as thoughts arise, they are nothing other than the freedom from conceptual fabrications. Their true nature is beyond concept—as they appear and as they are liberated, their true nature is beyond concept. The whole point of Mahamudra is to see the true nature of thoughts. That’s what Mahamudra is—it’s nothing other than the true nature of thoughts. When you can see that, then thoughts are your friends. Mahamudra is the practice of not abandoning thoughts, not abandoning appearances, not abandoning disturbing emotions, not abandoning suffering, but bringing all these to the path and realizing that their true nature is self- arisen and self-liberated.