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Lions Roar : November 2012
While the life was rigorous and difficult to get used to, I felt happy and content there. I stayed long enough so the tem- plate of monastic life remains engraved on my spirit, a reference point for my life. Although my life now is more compli- cated, inside I still live at Tassajara. I know that if my material circumstances became reduced, I could be happy with less— maybe happier. I don’t need to panic when the stock market lurches or cower when it seems that our “way of life” might change in the future. Here’s a good practice: if you have an extra room in your house, practice visual- izing one or more of your friends or rela- tives living in that room. You may think it would be hard to live with lots of people, as our ancestors once did and people all over the world still do. Maybe so. But if—as we did as Tassajara, and as my wife and I often did later with our small chil- dren on rainy days indoors—you practice silent periods during the day and main- tain simple rules for ethical and courteous conduct, then living together can be quite good. Maybe more satisfying than private living in private homes that are empty most of the time. A few years ago I spent a day thinking about the future with a small group of engineers, social scientists, and political theorists. One of the engineers said that despite the enormity of the problem, cli- mate change can be greatly meliorated, because the technical solutions to do it are available. But, he said, that makes no difference, since the political possibility of applying the solutions is pretty much zero. Ultimately, climate change—and probably all our social problems—are less technical than moral problems, a collec- tive failure of imagination and courage, a narrowness of heart. At the end of the meeting I said, “If we are in for hard times, it will go much bet- ter if our collective attitude is patience, kindness, love, and compassion, rather than panic and selfishness. So maybe the cultivation of these good qualities is really important now.” Everyone in the room seemed to agree. That would not be a crazy thing to do. ♦ SHAMBHALA MOUNTAIN CENTER RELAX. OPEN. DEEPEN. For more information about these and our other year-round programs, or to learn about financial aid, please visit our website. Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human Shastri Holly Gayley September 7 – 9 Simplicity Retreat Charley Rosicky & Ron West September 14 – 16 Creating the Work You Love Rick Jarow November 2 – 4 Embodied Listening: Unbinding the Body, Finding the Felt Sense David Rome & Hope Martin November 9 – 12 Learn to Meditate: Turning the Mind into an Ally November 30 – Dec 2 The Practice of Recovery: Living Free from Addiction Kevin Griffin December 6 – 9 Buddhist Lack: The Karma of Money, Fame and Sex David Loy December 7 – 9 Shambhala Meditation Dathün: Feeling, Being and Touching Basic Goodness Shastri Daniel Hessey & Shastri Holly Gayley December 14 – January 12 Red Feather Lakes | Colorado PROGRAMHIGHLIGHTS|SHAMBHALAMOUNTAIN.ORG|888.788.7221 SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2012 25