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Buddhadharma : Summer 2019
24 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY just as we are, not bringing anything with us. Whether we are cross ing to the other side of this life or simply passing from one phase of life to another, we endeavor to enter emptyhanded. Tibetan Bön Buddhist teachings tell us that transitions themselves—even the great transition at the end of this life—are not the cause of suffering; it is our insistence on trying to take things with us that’s the problem. We can’t take anything, and in trying to do so we disturb our minds. So, our practice is to work with ourselves and that sense of attachment, because we all find something—usually many things—to become attached to. When you walked into the room where you are now sitting, at the very moment of entering, how fully did you walk in? How conscious were you as you crossed the threshold? How much of your “stuff”— your stories, plans, replayed conversations, the lingering discomfort in your mind and emotions—did you bring in with you? Every moment of transition is an opportunity to practice awareness and clarity, to learn about ourselves, to see the ways we become stuck, and to let go. Each time we practice this, we can reflect a little more and be open to seeing our habitual patterns. We must pay attention and be willing to change. And if we find ourselves resisting change, we can pray that we will change: “I know I need to change. May I change. Give me the strength to change.” Different transitions challenge our attachments in different ways. Just going from one day to another—Friday into Saturday—is not so hard for most of us. But what about going from one season to another, one year to another, one job to another, one relationship to another? Each of these transitions becomes harder as our attach ments and expectations around them increase. Perhaps you are used to being able to get up and run or jog each day. There may come a