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Lions Roar : March 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN MArcH 2009 18 has the sense that even though we’re not really sure about some- thing, we believe in it anyway. The faith we’re talking about here is based on knowing what we’re doing, not in hoping for the best. It’s as if we’ve checked our boat for holes and found none, so we set sail with a yearning to be completely engaged in practice because we’re certain that the teachings will work. The active in- gredient of our yearning manifests as strength and compassion. There are three kinds of faith. First is the faith of inspiration. Seeing a teacher, hearing the dharma, or visiting a meditation center, we feel an immediate inspiration. Faith suddenly arises as a very powerful hit. It hooks our mind and we become excited about it. We just know. But that kind of faith is not sustainable. We must supplement our inspiration with curiosity, from which the second kind of faith arises, understanding. We ask ourselves, “What made that person that way? Why is this place so powerful?” unless we inves- tigate our inspiration, we will lose our motivation to practice. So we get curious—reading, studying, and hearing dharma. That’s how we increase our understanding, which leads to a deeper kind of faith because we know why we were inspired in the first place. The third kind of faith is following through. Having been impressed, then curious, we now think, “I want to be like that, so I will follow this through.” The three kinds of faith naturally sequence into a potent driving force, combining inner strength and compassion. Being willing to give up, having trust, and yearning to go for- ward, we now need to be daring. But to do what? We dare to jump out of our samaric habitual tendencies into more dharmic ones. When we see ourselves falling into the “me” meditation, we emerge from our hallucination and courageously take a leap into a more open place. This can be as simple as giving up our place in line to someone in a hurry. If we dare to jump out of laziness, we might become slightly aggressive, so we also cultivate gentleness. That means slowing down so that we synchronize our intention with our speech and action. Our intention is to use the day as a spiritual path. What is the path? It is a place to grow. With gentleness, we provide the space and warmth for growth, but we don’t force progress—our own or others’. If we’re not in a rush with our own mind, we have the patience to let things unfold naturally. If we become too gentle, however, we might become feeble. So fearlessness comes next. In terms of how we engage in our life, we’re no longer second-guessing ourselves, because we’re not afraid of our mind. We can look at it head-on. Although we encounter obstacles, If we don’t understand impermanence, we remain under the influence of the protracted illusion that we are eternal. In other words, we become very comfortable in our habits. Perfect Gifts for Someone Who Has Everything. Perfect Gifts for Someone Who Has Nothing. MENTAL RESILIENCE Kamal Sarma ISBN 978-1-57731-625-1 BEGINNING ISBN 978-1-57731-441-7 ISBN 978-1-57731-632-9 ISBN 978-1-57731-559-9 ISBN 978-1-57731-167-6 ISBN 978-1-57731-580-3 LESS ISBN 978-1-57731-617-6 ISBN 978-1-57731-654-1 ISBN 978-1-57731-538-4 Perfect Gifts for Someone Who Has Ever NEW WORLD LIBRARY Please visit our website at www.newworldlibrary.com or call toll-free: 1-800-972-6657 ext. 52 “Buddhism has long enjoyed baffling ‘crazy wisdom’ teachers and paradoxical koans, and Warner’s punk iconoclasm fits in nicely.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “Like all great ideas, Less is disarmingly simple: know who you are, what you want to accomplish and why, and just do it, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of joy.” — NORMAN FISCHER, poet, Zen abbot and teacher, and author of Sailing Home