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Lions Roar : January 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2011 38 here and there. But the moment we see it, something else pops into our mind—“What time is it? Is it time for lunch? Oh, look, a butterfly!”—and our insight is gone. Ironically, what blocks your view of your mind’s true nature— your buddha mind—is also your own mind, the part of your mind that is always busy, constantly involved in a steady stream of thoughts, emotions, and concepts. this busy mind is who you think you are. It is easier to see, like the face of the person standing right in front of you. For example, the thought you’re thinking right now is more obvious to you than your awareness of that thought. When you get angry, you pay more attention to what you’re angry about than to the actual source of your anger, where your anger is coming from. In other words, you notice what your mind is doing, but you don’t see the mind itself. you identify yourself with the contents of this busy mind—your thoughts, emotions, ideas—and end up thinking that all of this stuff is “me” and “how I am.” When you do that, it’s like being asleep and dreaming, and be- lieving that your dream images are true. If, for example, you dream that you’re being chased by a menacing stranger, it’s very scary and real. however, as soon as you wake up, both the stranger and your feelings of terror are simply gone, and you feel great relief. Fur- thermore, if you had known you were dreaming in the first place, then you wouldn’t have experienced any fear. In a similar way, in our ordinary life, we’re like dreamers be- lieving that the dream we’re having is real. We think we’re awake, but we’re not. We think that this busy mind of thoughts and emotions is who we truly are. But when we actually wake up, our misunderstanding about who we are—and the suffering that confusion brings—is gone. A Rebel Within If we could, we would probably all sink completely into this dream that passes for our waking life, but something keeps rous- ing us from our sleep. no matter how dazed and confused it gets, our drowsy self is always linked to complete wakefulness. that wakefulness has a sharp and penetrating quality. It’s our own in- telligence and clear awareness that have the ability to see through whatever blocks our view of our true self—the true nature of our mind. On the one hand, we’re used to our sleep and content with its dreams; on the other hand, our wakeful self is always shaking us up and turning on the lights, so to speak. this wakeful self, the true mind that is awake, wants out of the confines of sleep, out of illusion-like reality. While we’re locked away in our dream, it sees the potential for freedom. so it provokes, arouses, prods, and instigates until we’re inspired to take action. you could say we are living with a rebel within. this rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It is the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo of your confusion and suffering. What is this rebel buddha like? a troublemaker of heroic proportions. rebel buddha is the renegade that gets you to switch your allegiance from sleep to the awakened state. this means you have the power to wake up your dreaming self, the impostor that is pretending to be the real you. you have the means to break loose from whatever binds you to suffering and locks you in confusion. you are the champion of your own freedom. ultimately, the mission of rebel buddha is to instigate a revolution of mind. getting to Know Your Mind all the teachings of the Buddha have one clear message, which is that there is nothing more important than getting to know your own mind. the reason is simple—the source of our every suffer- ing is discovered within this mind. If we’re feeling anxious, that stress and worry are produced by this mind. If we’re overwrought by despair, that misery originates within our mind. On the other hand, if we’re madly in love and walking on air, that joy also arises from our mind. Pleasure and pain, simple and extreme, are experiences of mind. mind is the experiencer of each moment of our life and all that we perceive, think, and feel. therefore, the better we know our mind and how it works, the greater the possibility that we can free ourselves from the mental states that PhOtOBychrIstOPherhIPOlItOcurIel Graffiti by el mac and retna, 2007, Western Avenue, Hollywood, California