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Lions Roar : March 2013
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2013 56 “Truth, love, and awareness” is Brach’s secularized articulation of the three jewels of Buddhism—the teacher, Buddha; the teach- ing, dharma; and the community, sangha. She’s opted for this nonreligious language because she feels the search for true refuge and its three gateways are universal. In the context of Buddhism, truth is dharma, love is sangha, and awareness is Buddha. But in Christian terms, claims Brach, “the Father is awareness, the Son is the living truth of this moment-to-moment experience, and when awareness and moment-to-moment experience are in relationship, there is love, which is the Holy Ghost.” To help us connect more deeply to our own inner life, with each other, and with the world around us, Brach teaches a tech- nique called RAIN. This acronym, originally coined by Vipas- sana teacher Michele McDonald, stands for: Recognize what is happening; Allow life to be just as it is; Investigate inner experience with kindness; and rest in the Natural state of awareness or nonidentification. In her own life, Brach began regularly implementing RAIN when she realized how much separation she created between herself and others whenever she judged, resented, or blamed people or situations, even subtly. To explain how RAIN is prac- ticed, she offers an example from her own life: Brach went on holiday with her family and found herself “down on every- body for all their different neuroses, even the family dog for begging at the table.” So she put on her parka, headed outside for a walk, and started with “R,” recognize. Annoyed, irritated, blaming—she recognized how she was feeling. Moving on to “A,” she allowed those feelings to be there, without adding more judgment. Then she engaged in “I” and investigated the tight knot in her chest. “I asked that tight knot what it believed,” says Brach. “And its views were that nobody was cooperating with my agenda for having a harmonious time and I was falling short. It believed that my son is the one who’s not doing such-and-such and it’s my fault that so-and-so is not getting along.” Brach breathed into the place that was upset and sent a message of gentleness and kindness inward. That enabled some space, some ten- derness, to open up inside. Then the “N” of RAIN—resting in the natural state of aware- ness—was able to unfold effortlessly. Now when she brought to mind the different members of her family, Brach could still see their neuroses but no longer felt aversion or judgment. These family members were her loved ones. RAIN invites a shift in identity, says Brach. It helps transform an angry, blaming person into a tender presence that gently holds what- ever’s going on. “That’s the gift of Buddhism,” Brach concludes. “The whole fruit of our path and practice is to wake up from who we thought we were, which is usually separate and deficient in some way, and to rest in the vastness of heart and awareness that is our true nature.” WHEN COUPLES COME IN to see psychotherapist John Wel- wood, they often begin by complaining, “We’re so different.” “Well, guess what?” says Welwood. “That’s called relation- ship.” Both globally and personally, we tend to feel threatened by difference. Yet it’s possible to celebrate it and learn from it. Welwood is a longtime Vajrayana Buddhist who is the author of groundbreaking books such as Perfect Love, Imperfect Rela- tionships and Toward a Psychology of Awakening. Like Brach, he “What these two traditions share,” Tara Brach says, “is shining a light on the rejected, unprocessed parts of the psyche.” PHOTOBYJONATHANFOUST