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Lions Roar : September 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2011 11 WHEN WE REALIZE THE POWER of aligning our mind and body with our surroundings, we are able to be dignified and courageous because synchronizing our thoughts, actions, and the environment allows full-blown bravery to manifest—both personally and socially. When we have the bravery to buck the continuous onslaught of our neurosis and the samsaric depres- sion of the world surrounding us, we experience basic goodness. The theme of bravery radiates throughout the Shambhala teachings, which were introduced to the West by my father, Chög- yam Trungpa Rinpoche. The first kind of bravery is being free of deception. Through meditation we are less seduced by afflic- tive emotions and habitual patterns, so we’re not as frightened by egolessness. We are able to leap into the moment—which is the second type of bravery. Having taken that leap, we gain the vision of the Great Eastern Sun, the third kind of bravery, which reveals the sacredness of our world. Through that sudden display of courage, our whole world is illuminated. As my father put it, “You begin to experience basic goodness reflected everywhere.” From that act of freshness, our mind is liberated from doubt and disbelief. Such a visionary approach leads to the fourth level of bravery: realizing the dignity of body and mind being synchronized. In this dark age, a predominant manifestation of doubt—and thus lack of bravery—is our idea that not paying attention and not having mindfulness is somehow pleasurable. Assuming that mind and body are two separate entities, we consider keeping them together to be hard work. Thus we might actually seek not being synchronized, with the result that realizing unsynchronized mind and body brings infirmity. With such disbelief in our inher- ent strength, the mind and body are disenfranchised. Sickness plagues the body, and disbelief plagues the mind—especially dis- belief regarding basic goodness. In truth, mind and body are inherently synchronized. We are intact now; we are already whole. This completeness is simply a manifestation of basic goodness. In relation to mind and body, “basic” means that the contained and the container are one. Because the belly of the vase protrudes, it is naturally synchronized with the water contained within it. Because there is a nervous sys- tem, the mind naturally has a place to integrate with the body. When a couple is united, they feel a primordial synchronicity that manifests as love. Being in sync brings a dignity that goes beyond either individual. When two beings feel this way, they glow. That completeness provides a spark for dignity to blaze. The Tibetan word for “dignity” is ziji. The “ji” in ziji means “glory”—honor won by accomplish- ment, or dignity achieved through grace. It is luster brought about through synchronicity. To be full human beings, we cannot PHOTO©BOBWINSETT/CORBIS When body and mind are synchronized, SAKYONG MIPHAM says, we can live with grace and dignity, grounded and in harmony with the world around us. In Sync SAKYONG MIPHAM is the spiritual leader of Shambhala, an interna- tional network of Buddhist meditation and retreat centers. He is the author of Turning the Mind Into an Ally and Ruling Your World. A Landmark Gathering of the Mindfulness Community If you’re committed to mindful living or want to learn more about the transformative power of mindfulness, join us for this ground-breaking conference on changing lives and creating a mindful society. In a rich program of talks, dialogue, practice, and breakout sessions, we will explore together all the ways that mindfulness benefits our lives and society, from health and relationships to education, leadership, and the environment. September 30–October 1, 2011 New York Society for Ethical Culture 2 West 64th Street (at Central Park West), New York City ` OMEGA Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD Founder of Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction Richard Davidson, PhD Center for Investigating Healthy Minds Janice Marturano Institute for Mindful Leadership Congressman Tim Ryan (D) Ohio creating a Creating a Mindful Society is a partnership of: For more information visit eOmega.org/mindfulnessNYC/ss