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Buddhadharma : Winter 2017
Buddhadharma: The PracTiTioner’s QuarTerly 77 BUDDHIST PRACTITIONERS are all too familiar with the ups and downs of meditative experience, but most have no idea why certain experiences occur while others never happen. When our practice hits a low point, we don’t know how to pull ourselves out. And even when our practice is strong, we don’t know how to sustain it. In truth, on those rare occasions when we do slip into a peaceful, clear state of mind in meditation, we’re most often like a blind cat that has caught a dead mouse. Human experience is complex; what shapes our lives changes from moment to moment with our perception. From the Yogacara, or consciousness-only, perspective, our subtle momentary mental states, or factors, determine the quality and experience of our lives. We are habituated to behave and perceive in patterned ways. If we want to change, we must transform the patterns of our mental life. One of the primary reasons we struggle with this is that we don’t know what’s present in our minds. When we lack awareness of the Integrating Yogacara in Your Practice Guo Gu (OPPOSITE)FlicKr.coM/photos/sheehanraziel photo | Sheehan H. Ahmed