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Lions Roar : November 2013
2 options: TM course A 3-year distant learning course + two 6-day onsite practice workshops TM course B 3-year distant learning course Beginning of course: October 2013 3-YEAR TIBETAN MEDICINE ONLINE COURSE WWW.TIBETANMEDICINE-EDU.ORG www.facebook.com/TME.tibetanmedicine The course gathers several tools: students study the theory with twelve textbooks based on «The Essentials of Gyud-shi», an extensive three- volume treatise written by Prof. Pasang Yonten Arya, that expounds, explains and comments the traditional Gyud-shi, the «Four medical Tantras». These texts are complemented by numerous recordings. About once a month, students have the possibility to directly ask questions to Dr Pasang Y. Arya, through an interactive online class. Practice training is given in intensive 6-day workshops in Europe (TM course A) under Dr Pasang Arya’s direct guidance. TME TIBETANMEDICINE E DUCATIONCENTER A very rare opportunity to study traditional Tibetan Medicine and its contemporary practice with the prominent senior Tibetan doctor Prof. PASANG YONTEN ARYA We can’t be sure what’s down the road. But at Prentiss Smith & Company we believe that a disciplined investment approach, and attention to each client’s individual situation, can take an investor a long way. For a brochure that includes our performance record please call. TOLL FREE 800 -223-7851 The Long Run. PRENTISS SMITH & COMPANY, INC. Portfolio management for the socially conscious investor since 1982 Offices in Brattleboro & Burlington, Vermont • www.socialinvesting.com Alice Walker continued from page 35 being. I’m a me,” she says. “Whatever I create comes naturally from this being. Some people don’t like mangos, for instance. You’re free to not like mangos, to not like me. But that’s what this tree produces.” She goes on to say that her responsibility is only to create. After she’s done her part, it’s others’ responsibility to take, use, or discard what she’s created. Healing our ancestors, Walker believes, requires that we encounter them inside ourselves and understand the connec- tions between who we are today and who they were then. “If there are people back there who need working with, now is your chance,” she says. “You won’t have another chance outside of meditation to do the deep work of understanding how you got to be in whatever weirdness you are in.” The aim of deep-trench activity is not necessarily to forgive. It may in fact be more difficult and far-reaching than mere forgive- ness. Whether your ancestor was an indentured servant, beaten and hungry, or the holder of the whip, buying the title to anoth- er’s life, Walker says you have to “become this demon and learn to love them.” To tear down the walls of segregation, you have to start with the segregation in the heart. It seems impossible that desire can sometimes transform into devotion; but this has happened. And that is how I’ve survived: how the hole I carefully tended in the garden of my heart grew a heart to fill it. Those are the closing lines from “Desire,” one of the most mov- ing poems in Walker’s new collection, The World Will Follow Joy. “Joy” is one of Walker’s favorite words, as is “useful.” Joy can come from gathering pine cones and twigs and scrolls of euca- lyptus bark to make a fire, or from beholding the blooms on the rosebush in her garden—common, everyday miracles. “Joy is everywhere, closer to you than disasters usually,” says Walker. And joy can be put to good use. It’s the foundation for gratitude. It’s what fills the hole in the garden of the heart. Charlie the Yorkshire terrier, who is not much bigger than a Coulter pine cone, has been curled at Walker’s feet as we talk, but as I stand to leave, he revives, barking, growling, weaving circles of protest around me. “He doesn’t like people to leave,” Walker explains, scooping him up. Walker recognizes that someday she’ll be an ancestor herself, but she has no plans to leave soon—a relative of hers lived to be 125, so seventy isn’t intimidating. “I want to be a useful ancestor,” she tells me. “If I were a tree, I’d be fruiting and they’d eat up the fruit, spitting out the seeds, and more trees would come up from those seeds.” ♦ SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2013 82