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Lions Roar : November 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2006 70 There’s a beautiful image in the Buddhist teachings: our mind is like the surface of a mirror. The quality of a mirror is to reflect all kinds of images—angry faces, smiling faces, sad faces, bland faces—but they don’t penetrate the mirror. They don’t belong to the mirror. If they did, they would obstruct ev- ery other image. An angry face would stay there, and the smil- ing face could never emerge. Similarly, there is pure awareness, pure consciousness, from which all kinds of thoughts arise. If that is the case, then the afflictive emotions are simply tied to causes and conditions. By training the mind, using the right antidotes, replacing hatred with loving-kindness or greed with inner freedom, you could change your mental landscape. That’s meditation. Meditation is a very exotic word, but in fact, it simply means to become familiar with a way of being, to cultivate inner qualities. RICHARD GERE: In fact, everyone is meditating anyhow, meaning that we habituate ourselves to mind states. Most of us are habituated to egocentricity, self-cherishing, to anger and hatred. We meditate on blood, essentially. We have to find a radical new way to meditate on higher qualities of love and compassion, forgiveness, altruism, cherishing the other in- stead of the self. Perhaps we ought to explore this concept of a self. In your own experience of working with this idea of self, what have you discovered? MATTHIEU RICARD: Once, I was translating for His Holi- ness the Dalai Lama in France and he was speaking about the idea of selflessness, which is a strange notion for a Western au- dience. At the break, there were many, many questions about PHOTO©ROBERTA.RIPPS