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Lions Roar : May 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2007 59 OON A VERY BASIC LEVEL all beings think that they should be happy. When life becomes difficult or painful, we feel that something has gone wrong. This wouldn’t be a big problem except for the fact that when we feel something’s gone wrong, we’re willing to do anything to feel OK again. Even start a fight. According to the Buddhist teachings, difficulty is inevi- table in human life. For one thing, we cannot escape the reality of death. But there are also the realities of aging, of illness, of not getting what we want, and of getting what we don’t want. These kinds of difficulties are facts of life. Even if you were the Buddha himself, if you were a fully enlightened person, you would experience death, illness, aging, and sorrow at losing what you love. All of these things would happen to you. If you got burned or cut, it would hurt. But the Buddhist teachings also say that this is not really what causes us misery in our lives. What causes misery is always trying to get away from the facts of life, always trying to avoid pain and seek happiness—this sense of ours that there could be lasting security and happiness available to us if we could only do the right thing. In this very lifetime we can do ourselves and this planet a great favor and turn this very old way of think- ing upside down. As Shantideva, author of Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, points out, suffering has a great deal to teach us. If we use the opportunity when it arises, suffering will motivate us to look for answers. Many people, including myself, came to the spiritual path be- cause of deep unhappiness. Suffering can also teach us empathy for others who are in the same boat. Further- more, suffering can humble us. Even the most arrogant among us can be softened by the loss of someone dear. PEMA CHÖDRÖN is an American Buddhist nun in the lin- eage of the renowned meditation master Chögyam Trungpa and resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. Her many popular books include When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You. This teaching is from her most recent book, Prac- ticing Peace in Times of War, from Shambhala Publications. SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2007 59 Upside Down Turn Your Thinking PHOTOBYROBINHOLLAND We base our lives on seeking happiness and avoiding suffering, but the best thing we can do for ourselves—and for the planet—is to turn this whole way of thinking upside down. PEMA CHÖDRÖN shows us Buddhism’s radical side.