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Lions Roar : November 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2009 54 It is worthwhile to take advantage of anything that happens to you that has the nature of basic goodness. You begin to realize that there is nonaggression happening all around you in your life. with two eyes, and it is okay, fine. you have become a fully decent human being for the first time, but you do not have to proclaim that. you stop at red lights. you drive when it is green. It’s a bor- ing world. one has to take the first step. then you find that you still maintain the same old standing, which is sometimes terrible, sometimes good, but still standing steady. It is very humorous in some ways, maybe painfully so. maybe not! In any case, welcome to the warrior’s world. then you begin to realize that you have something in yourself that is fundamentally, basically good. It transcends the notion of good or bad. something that is worthwhile, wholesome, and healthy exists in all of us. For the first time, you are seeing the great eastern sun. goodness arises from discovering the vision of the great eastern sun. this goodness is basic or primordial goodness that you have. you possess it already. such goodness is synonymous with bravery. It is always there. Whenever you see a bright and beautiful color, you are witnessing your own inherent goodness. Whenever you hear a sweet and beautiful sound, you are hearing your own basic goodness. Whenever you taste something sweet or sour, you are experiencing your own basic goodness. If you are in a room and you open the door and walk outside, there is a sudden breeze of fresh air. such an experience may last only a second, but that whiff of fresh air is the smell of basic goodness. things like that are always happening to you, but you have been ignoring them, thinking that they are mundane and unim- portant, purely coincidences of an ordinary nature. however, it is worthwhile to take advantage of anything that happens to you that has that particular nature of goodness. you begin to realize that there is nonaggression happening all around you in your life, and you are able to feel the freshness of realizing your good- ness, again and again. but you can’t jump the gun. First, let us look at ourselves. If you put one hundred percent of your heart into facing yourself, then you connect with this unconditional goodness. Whereas, if you only put fifty percent into the situation, you are trying to bargain with the situation, and nothing very much will happen. When you are genuine in the fullest sense, you do not need the conditional judgment of good or bad, but you actually are good rather than you become good. If we face ourselves properly, fully, then we find that something else exists there, beyond facing ourselves. something exists in us that is basically awake, as opposed to asleep. We find something intrinsically cheerful and fundamentally pride-worthy. that is to say, we don’t have to con ourselves. We discover genuine one hundred percent gold, not even twenty-four karat. according to the buddhist tradition, that is discovering our buddhanature. In