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Lions Roar : March 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN MArcH 2010 30 When you’re going somewhere you need signs on the road to guide you, and these statues and these images are signs for us. you write a good deal about meditation in The Tao of Wu. it seems that sometimes you’re talking about contemplation or being quiet, and sometimes you’re talking about zazen. yeah, I was speaking on both. To me, read- ing is meditating and playing is meditat- ing. you have meditation and you have meditation in action. When Bodhidharma went to teach Buddhism, to help spread Buddhism in China, the monks were tired. Their bodies weren’t strong. They would meditate good, but they’d fall asleep. So Bodhidharma gave them kung fu, a physi- cal way to meditate. Then, with a strong body and a strong mind, they could reach this nirvana or phase of enlightenment that their heart was yearning for. In my own personal life, I meditate both ways. At the top of my property there is this little pagoda-type structure. I go up there and sit for hours. Sometimes I sit with my eyes closed in a meditative position. Some- times I sit with my eyes open. Sometimes— and I don’t suggest this to others—I smoke my little bit of weed and relax. But the main thing I am doing is calming my heart and body and letting myself speak to myself. That’s one of the main goals of meditation, I think. To have yourself speak to yourself. you do both qigong and kung fu. yeah. I tell everybody around me, if you’re not going to work out for an hour, then do ten minutes every day to let your muscles and your mind have the memory of what they’re supposed to be doing. Bodhidharma told the monks that if they followed his practice for one hundred days they’d change their If a word gets the message through, then it’s not a negative word. Making the point clearer is what words are for. Donate, shop, share—you can help the Shambhala Sun spread the wisdom of meditation and genuine dharma in a world that needs it more than ever. We’re more than just a magazine—through our websites, sponsorships, conferences, and programs we serve Buddhist commu- nities of all traditions and host a national conversation on dharma in the modern world. Here are three ways we can work together to fulfill this important mission. DONATE Your donation will help us continue our valuable work in these difficult times. The need for dharma has never been greater, and with your support, the Shambhala Sun will continue to introduce the wisdom of meditation and contemplative practice to hundreds of thousands of readers every issue. Donate online: Go to www.shambhalasun.com/donate Call toll-free: 1-877 -422-8404 ext. 34 Mail a donation: Shambhala Sun Foundation US: 1345 Spruce St., Boulder CO 80302-4886 Canada: 1660 Hollis St., #701, Halifax NS B3J 1V7 SHOP Support the Shambhala Sun with your purchase at our Online Gallery. Go to www.shambhalasun.com/gallery to purchase beautiful archival quality art prints from the pages of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma. Great for yourself or as a gift. SHARE Give a gift subscription and share the dharma with friends and family. And if you usually buy the Shambhala Sun on the newsstand, please subscribe using one of the special cards in this issue. It’s a great deal for you and a great way to help the Sun. 3 Ways You Can Help the Shambhala Sun SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner ’s Quarterly.