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Lions Roar : September 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN SepteMBer 2009 55 habitual patterns—we are work- ing with our mind to break those patterns, and at this point, our emotions are no longer ordinary emotions; they are sacred. Why? because we are taking them onto the path, which is a sacred dharma journey. We are not talking about just intellectual dharma here, or the physical forms of the practice. We are talking about dharma that is alive in the movement of our thoughts and emotions. this is how we make the dharma present in our ordinary life, and it is how we can actually see a real transfor- mation taking place. if you grab every opportuni- ty to work with your mind—at home, at school, at work—you’ll end up with many more chances to work with strong emotions than in one hour of sitting on your cushion with some vague idea of “meditation.” in fact, your practice of working directly with your mind moment to moment will be much more powerful, because it will really change your mindstream. When you recognize an emotion with mindfulness, and penetrate it with some recognition of the nature of mind, that process is self-transforming. there’s nothing more you need to do. When you can work with your mind in this way, you will clearly see its effect, not just in you, but in the environment—on your family and on your community. the unerring path from the point of view of our own journey, the practice of dharma is nothing more than the practice of working with our mind. and particularly in challenging times, we need to remember that the path is a mixed bag. on one hand, there is a process of transformation taking place: in some areas, we are indeed overcoming obstacles and experiencing some level of psychological liberation. in other areas, however, we are still struggling, still engaged in negative, unproductive actions, and therefore experiencing the negative results of that. We are not always perfect and our life includes blunders and burdens of various kinds. one of the greatest yogis of our time, Khenpo tsultrim gyamtso rinpoche, says, “erring and erring, we walk the unerring path.” so, when we realize that we have made some mistakes in this life, or that we are caught up in a fit of emotion or fear, we should not take that to mean that we’re not progressing on the path or being suc- cessful in life. We are likely to feel that we’ve failed, but so long as we are working with our mind, apply- ing the dharma in whatever way we can, that is regarded as a success. as long as you make an effort to recognize and work with your emotions, thoughts, and any tendency to commit negative actions, you We are not always perfect and our life includes blunders and burdens of various kinds. But so long as we are working with our mind, apply- ing the dharma in whatever way we can, that is regarded as a success. The teachings of both the twelve steps and the Bud- dhist path have distilled for me into one idea: equanimity, accepting what is as what is. But that doesn’t mean I just roll over. Equanimity is not passivity. On the contrary, it creates a firm foundation for me to take action. For when I accept what is, I am not clinging to what used to be or wishing what might be, and I can step into doing what I can for myself and others, which helps bring me peace of mind, the antidote to despair. Anonymous My wife and I really be- gan feeling the economic squeeze early last summer. It became an excellent op- portunity for us to re-examine our tendency to clutch onto things around us when we’re stressed and the need to let go of that illusion. The finan- cial pressure we are living through brought with it an unexpected clarity of vision. Tim Collardey ➢ page 96