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Lions Roar : July 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN jULy 2009 18 are gentle with ourselves, we are naturally gentle with others. Part of being gentle with others is not blaming them. Finding someone to blame is a sidetrack that derails us from the path. If we are gentle with others, we are not trying to fight with the world. This is how we engage in enlightened society. If gentleness is the key, the method is mindfulness. In a sense, speed is the disease of our times. It’s always there and it’s very hard to extract ourselves from it. But speed is in fact just a hallucination, a self- imposed reality that we can change. Being mindful cuts speed. Being present cuts speed. Paying attention cuts speed. If we cut speed and relax with what’s going on in our life right now, kindness and patience will naturally come about. My father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, said, “We hold in our hands the ability to help the world.” Even in the current atmo- sphere of trepidation and insecurity, it’s important to realize that our basic good- ness has not changed. Good times or bad times, the basic-goodness meter does not go up or down. Its stock remains the same. Our own natural richness is here. The qualities of the Buddha are unwavering. We practice in order to remember that. If we are practicing being present for our lives, we are doing the best possible thing, yet we may still face obstacles. When some- thing is good or virtuous, it is often very difficult. When things are contaminated or bad, they are often easy and seductive. The Buddha faced big challenges before he at- tained enlightenment. In reading biogra- phies of great teachers, I am amazed by the difficulties that they all went through. My father’s generation of great Tibetan teach- ers went through inconceivable hardships and unimaginable loss, from which they emerged with an unequivocal dedication If we cut speed and relax with what’s going on in our life right now, kindness and patience will naturally come about. The New York Times bestselling author of The Joy of Living Finding Freedom in the Age of Anxiety HarmonyBooks.com Mingyur.org Embracing Change and Finding Freedom YongEY MingYur rinpoChE with Eric Swanson Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters and the author of the New York Times bestselling The Joy of Living. in Joyful Wisdom, he addresses the timely and timeless problem of anxiety and teaches us how to overcome the problems of everyday life and experience a profound sense of well-being. “Compelling, readable, and informed.” —Buddhadharma Praise for The Joy of Living Friday, July 10th thru Sunday July 12th At Buddhafield in Millerton, New York Buddhafield is a pristine sanctuary with breathtaking views of the Berkshire foothills. H .E . Shyalpa Rinpoche is a Tibetan lama, and the founder and spiritual director of Buddhafield. His Eminence is blessed by many great Dzogchen lineage lamas and embodies the qualities of a true Dzogchen master. $50/day (lunch included). Scholarships available for students and those on a fixed income. For more information, visit www.shyalparinpoche.org or contact