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Lions Roar : May 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2006 24 may learn to focus intensely on the breath or on sounds. Here we may begin to be “awake,” but often only to a very narrow segment of reality. Again, concentration is not a bad thing—it’s just limited, in that it shuts most of life out. However, it’s cer- tainly useful in helping the mind and body to settle down. Also, if done intensely and for a long period of time, it can set the stage for brief breakthroughs out of our normal mode of perceiving reality. The best example of this is in the Zen practice of koan study, where our normal bubble of perception may be temporarily broken through when the koan is solved. But the bubble usually closes again quite quickly, and then we’re on to the next koan, and the next, often ignoring what’s happen- ing in the rest of our life. There may be moments of great insight, but as soon as these moments end, we may be just as an- gry or fearful as ever. This is a key point. When practice doesn’t bring more awareness and clarity into our everyday life, hopefully we will realize that something is lacking, and thus become motivated to explore the next aspect on the awareness continuum. This is generally called mindfulness, al- though more precisely, it is the practice of ordinary mind. Here we begin to pay more precise attention to our thoughts, our emotions, our activities, and our strategies of behavior. We begin to clearly see the beliefs that run our lives. We see the repeating patterns that keep us stuck in our own particular modes of suffer- ing. We see the basic fears out of which our beliefs and behaviors arise. And we learn what it means to observe and fully feel these fears without getting consumed by them. If we persevere in this aspect of the awareness continuum, our solid patterns gradually become more and more porous, and our emotional reactions no longer dictate how we live. In this sense, we are living more awake. Yet, this is still only one aspect of awareness. We can become very aware of our personal tendencies, and begin to live a more open and genu- ine life but still have a very limited aware- ness of reality. We may even get stuck in ~ Presents a Summer Retreat ~ Yongey Mingyur Dorje Rinpoche is the son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, one of the great Dzogchen masters of our time. Mingyur Rinpoche was recog- nized by H. H. the 16th Karmapa as the 7th incarnation of the great terton Yongey Mingyur Dorje. He teaches widely in North America, Europe and Asia, and is known for his ability to convey the Buddha’s teachings in a fresh, profound and straightforward style. Teaching from his upcoming book The Buddha, the Brain, and the Science of Happiness, Mingyur Rinpoche will guide students through the entire path from the brilliant ‘ground’ of our inner nature to the ‘fruit’ of freedom and peace. Rinpoche will be joined by three scientists who are at the forefront of exploring the meeting of Western science and the Buddha’s teachings. These scientists will add the knowledge gained from the laboratory to this exploration of human transformation. Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D is the Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison. Antoine Lutz, Ph.D is a scientist at the Keck Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Al Shapere, Ph.D is a theoretical physicist working at the University of Kentucky. June 29 - July 5, 2006 Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY For more information call (970) 879-5425 or visit www.mingyur.org www.garrisoninstitute.org PhotobyMarvinMoore Yongey Mingyur Dorje Rinpoche The Buddha, the Brain, and the Science of Happiness