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Lions Roar : November 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN NoveMBer 2009 18 next day, and the day after that. if that building is real, it will be here today and in ten billion lifetimes.” our assump- tions of permanence melt in the glare of the truth. nothing in the phenomenal world is permanent. if the body were permanent, there would be no birth and death. we would not need to eat because we would never be hungry. if feelings were permanent, we would not go from misery to elation in the course of an hour or a day. if the tranquillity and steadiness we feel in meditation were permanent, we would never suffer the agitation of our mind bouncing around continu- ously, wanting more entertainment and stimulation. we can contemplate the self in the same way. we regard ourselves as real; we nourish this belief in one another. when the five skandhas, or “heaps”— form, feeling, perception, formation, and consciousness—come together, we think that this body and mind are “me” and “mine.” we have layers and layers of opinions and preferences, and we mis- take them for a self. if somebody tells us about selflessness or impermanence, we are immediately insulted: “How dare you question my being!” without a sec- ond thought, we assume that we are who we think we are. selflessness is too subtle to see direct- ly, so to get a glimpse, we look at what we can already see. the quietness of medi- tation offers an opportunity to witness how the entity of “me” comes into be- ing. we produce thoughts, which hook together to solidify into an experience that we call real. but what we are experi- encing is dependent on many causes and When we contemplate impermanence, it’s as if the teachings grab us by the collar, saying, “Just stop for a second and look at what’s really going on.” When you need support during difficult times, help is within reach. Sandra Scales, Ph.D., has been providing confidential and convenient telephone consultations for more than 20 years. She is instrumental in unraveling difficult issues and bringing about meaningful change. Her approach combines Buddhist and Western psychology and offers practical solutions. call 831.661.0321 to schedule a consultation Sandra Scales, Ph.D. Author of Sacred Voices of the Nyingma Masters www.sandrascales.com Is Anyone Listening?