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with “May others be happy” as the first thought. In that moment, the concept of self is completely evaporated. The bod- hisattva’s consciousness and the inten- tion to benefit others emerge together spontaneously. The transition between ordinary thoughts and bodhichitta happens as thoughts of others’ benefit begin to arise naturally and spontaneously. This is the pivotal step on the Mahayana path, for in it is the seed of full awakenment. It is the apex of concept and the lowest point of wisdom. It can be likened to dawn, which is both the brightest part of the night and the dimmest part of the day. In that light, wisdom is always there, and darkness is only a temporary state. Bodhichitta is known as the crown jewel of all the mind’s concepts, repre- senting power and authority. Random thoughts of others amid those of self- concern are like the settings on the crown. It is called “wish-fulfilling” because when this thought of others is the first thought, always dawning, the natural result is the fulfillment of our own and others’ wishes. Conceiving of the intention to achieve enlightenment in order to benefit others is a sign of maturity. It means that after spending eons at coarse and obscured levels of consciousness, considering only how to benefit the self, the bodhisattva has experienced a pivotal understanding: he or she sees that the self is a fabrication, simply a thought that has been animated by the mind, like a cartoon. Pondering this, the bodhisattva concludes that think- ing about the self only causes further suf- fering. It is the most confused, ignorant, and untrue thought possible—and the one on which many people base their entire lives. The bodhisattva understands that by gathering the various attributes of con- sciousness and body, the mind has created a bundle known as a “self.” Rather than feel the free-flowing quality of percep- tions and experiences, the mind has con- solidated them into one bale of hay—all because it could not handle interdepen- dence. From that moment onward, it has based all its experiences on this identity 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. Red Feather Lakes | Colorado SHAMBHALAMOUNTAIN.ORG|303.468.9640|888.788.7221 The Way of the Happy Woman®: Spring Renewal, Detox and Rejuvenation Sara Avant Stover March 14 – 17 The Power of Savasana Elysabeth Williamson March 29 – 31 Open Heart Retreat Susan Piver April5–8 Brush Spirit: The Expressive Art of Calligraphy Barbara Bash April 19 – 21 Confusion Arising as Wisdom Ringu Tulku Rinpoche April 19 – 21 One Breath, Twelve Steps: Buddhist Contemplative Practices for Recovery Kevin Griffin April 25 – 28 Relationship as a Path of Awakening Bruce Tift April 25 – 28 Retreat and Renewal Our center offers the vastness, stillness and gentle support that allows you to unwind, unplug, relax and reconnect. Daily optional yoga, massage and meditation March 20 – 24 May3–5 SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2013 14