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Lions Roar : January 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2010 19 The world is becoming ever more crowded, speedy, anxious, and intense. Under such conditions, our tendency is to become less compassionate, more aggressive, and more prideful. i feel that culti- vating peace is the only way that the human race is going to survive. how do we live a life of peace? by first discovering our peace- ful nature. in “peacefully abiding,” or shamatha meditation, we train in continually bringing our focus back to an object such as the breath. we learn to gather the mind at deeper and deeper levels in order to relax in its innate peace, which manifests as stability, clarity, and strength. Peaceful abiding meditation is not escapism; it is realism. only the foolish think that they can find salvation outside themselves. when beings don’t trust their own nature, they become agitated. That turns into blaming others, which becomes vengeance and destruction. even if we destroy something, in the end we are just left with our own mind. The path of peace is one of exertion and diligence in working with the mind. it is said that our minds are inherently scattered in six ways, because each of the six sense perceptions—sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and mind—has its own consciousness. on top of that, fantasies and fears scatter our mind so far beyond our sense perceptions that it takes consistent practice to bring it back and place it on the breath. shamatha meditation gives us the skillful means to handle our mind. it’s as if we were training a wild horse. The first step is to develop some rapport with where we are right now. if we just sit down and grab the mind, it’s going to fight back. so we shouldn’t just blaze in and throw on the shamatha technique like a saddle on an untamed horse. First developing the quality of self-awareness— knowing who we are and what we’re doing—is very important. so when we sit down on the cushion to meditate, we start by taking a look at what is happening in our life, which is the outer circle of our practice. shamatha in everyday life is a feeling of things working, of orderliness, fluidity, and an absence of con- flict. without some degree of peaceful abiding in our daily life, there is always going to be struggle going on. That struggle might even keep us from going deeper in our meditation. The next circle of shamatha is self-reflection. This is the first stage of formal practice. we begin by reflecting on how we’re feel- ing. we might ask, “do i feel happy or sad? do i feel anxious? what was my basic state of mind before i began to practice?” when we have emotional difficulties, it is often because we haven’t been paying attention to who we are. we might think we’re great practitioners, when in reality the same old neuroses are playing PhoTobyJensKarlsson,www.chaPTer3.neT Sakyong MiphaM Rinpoche is the spiritual leader of Shambhala, an international network of Buddhist meditation and retreat centers. he is the author of Turning the mind into an ally and ruling your world. Peace in the Fast Lane Uncovering our inherent peaceful nature and cultivating its qualities in our daily lives, says Sakyong MiphaM Rinpoche, is essential for the survival of humanity.