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Lions Roar : September 2015
minutiae that make up a day, so self-absorbed in the big project you have to do, that the blessings, the magic, the stillness, and the vastness escape you. You never emerge from your cocoon, except for when there’s a noise that’s so loud you can’t help but notice it or something shocks you or captures your eye. Then for a moment you stick your head out and realize, “Wow! Look at that sky! Look at that squirrel! Look at that person!” T HE GREAT FOURTEENTH-CENTURY Tibetan teacher Longchenpa talked about our useless and meaningless focus on the details—getting so caught up we don’t see what is in front of our nose. He said that this useless focus extends moment by moment into a continuum, and days, months, and even whole lives go by. Do you spend your whole time just thinking about things, distracting yourself with your own mind, completely lost in thought? I know this habit so well myself. It is the human pre- dicament. It is what the Buddha recognized and what all the living teachers since then have recognized. This is what we are up against. “Yes, but...,” we say. Yes, but... I have a job to do, there is a deadline, there is an endless amount of email I have to deal with, I have cooking and cleaning and errands. How are we supposed to juggle all that we have to do in a day, in a week, in a month, without missing our precious opportunity to experi- ence who we really are? Not only do we have a precious human life, but that precious human life is made up of precious human days, and those pre- cious human days are made up of precious human moments. How we spend them is really important. Yes, we do have jobs to do—we don’t just sit around meditating all day, even at a Buddhist monastery. We have the real nitty-gritty of relation- ships—how we live together, how we rub up against each other. Going off by ourselves, getting away from the people we think SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2015 39