using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Lions Roar : May 2007
if we continue to dwell on it, for it is really our fixation that intensifies any negative impact. That’s why it is so important to investigate the real causes of our suffering rather than assume that our initial responses are always undeniably true and correct. As Chandrakirti claims: Attachment to one’s own belief, Aversion for another’s view: all this is thought. A life without challenges and difficulties would hardly be worth living. While we know this to be true, we all still tend to drift into lazi- ness rather than approach life with a courageous and expansive attitude. However, even when we manage to pamper ourselves, it never seems enough; we continue to rail against our misfor- tunes and find fault with what we have, focus- ing on what we don’t have. People who have experienced a few knocks and difficulties and have learned to handle them effectively usually survive much better than people who have been spoiled from the beginning. It is only when we tame our egoistic drives that we can disrupt our ingrained behaviors and develop real character. Handling difficulties and coming out of them a better person are the whole purpose of the lojong teachings, but we can only do that if we aren’t con- stantly defending our egos. Because the ego is un- able to face difficult situations, preferring to indulge instead in emotional dramas and negative states of mind, it blames everyone else for its problems. And it is in that sense that the degree to which we experience pain and suffering depends on us rather than on the external circumstances themselves. When we blame others, we are really only giving them power over us, and completely disempowering ourselves as a conse- quence. Taking responsibility for our own lives, on the other hand, empowers us and cures our tendency to victimize ourselves in any given situation. The following two slogans address the way in which we handle adversity by dealing directly with our self-obsession; the first relates to ourselves, while the second relates to others. SLOGAN: Drive all blames into one As ordinary sentient beings, we are governed by our own selfish needs. Our history books are filled with well-known personalities who ended in ruin as a direct result of the lying, cheating, mur- 42 SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2007 Bamiyan Reborn I The Skillful Means of Relative Bodhichitta When we suffer from events that are beyond our control, it makes our suffering infinitely worse if we regard ourselves as victims. Since most of our emotional experiences are the direct result of how we interpret and personalize the events in our lives, the real factor in determining how things affect us is the skill with which we handle our own responses. It is easy to see that no two indi- viduals ever respond the same way to a given situation, so we need to ask ourselves how one person can remain largely untouched by an event when someone else is completely devastated by it. The explanation lies in their respective responses. For exam- ple, while it is quite common to experience some envy at first when hearing of another’s success in an area where we feel our- selves weak, that experience will affect us even more profoundly