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Lions Roar : September 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2007 110 mindfulness of the body, which is why it is called a practice. My advice is to not go looking for results, but rather to commit yourself to being present in your body as a way of meeting life that reflects your deepest values. When you are willing to feel your own embodied presence no matter what conditions are arising, you have taken a major step toward your own liberation. The Body as a Gateway to Realizing Dharma Having discovered this profound level of access to your own embodied presence, you begin to use the body as a gateway to realizing the liberating insights of the other three foundations of mindfulness that the Buddha identified: mindfulness of feeling, mindfulness of mind, and mindfulness of dhammas. You begin to notice in your body how each moment of your experience is conditioned by pleas- ant, unpleasant, and neutral feelings—the Second Foundation of Mindfulness—and you observe that when you have no mind- fulness, what your mind says and does is largely determined by these feelings. Then you turn your attention to the state of the mind itself—the Third Foundation of Mindfulness. It is often easier to iden- tify the state of your mind by noting your body sensations rather than your emo- tions. Emotions are so charged and so en- grossing that perception of them becomes fuzzy, whereas the body tends to clearly manifest what’s happening. Finally, you can begin to look at the universal charac- teristics that the Buddha identified as they are manifesting in the body—the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness. You begin to see how the mind is hindered by desire, aversion, restlessness and worry, sloth and torpor, and doubt. You also notice the mental factors that lead to enlightenment, such as strong energy and equanimity. You probably have a felt sense of the Four Noble Truths, which are at the core of and encompass the Buddha’s teachings. The Four Noble Truths are: suffering— also described as stress, unease, or dis- satisfaction—inevitably arises when the Join us for Kessei (Monastic training period) held in spring and fall or for Sesshin. Limited scholarships available. For more information call 845.439.4566 or go to zenstudies.org Practice authentic Rinzai Zen as taught by Eido Shimano, one of the few Japanese Masters teaching in America today. DAI BOSATSU ENDO CHÖGYAL NAMKHAI NORBU Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has committed, for his lifetime, to give the essential transmission of Guruyoga on three anniversaries each year. These direct transmissions will be webcast instantaneously and simultaneously to the main Gars and local practice groups throughout North America and the world. 2007-2008 TRANSMISSION DATES Tsegyalgar East ◆ Dzogchen Community of America P. O. Box 277 ◆ Conway MA 01341 ◆ 413.369.4153 www.tsegyalgar.org Contact: