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SHAMBHALA SUN MArcH 2010 78 Jon kabat-Zinn continued from page 65 We have to deal with things as they are in the moment. So, it’s most effective to deal with them if you don’t perpetrate il- lusions on yourself about the nature of your experience, and then fall into wish- ful thinking or ambition that drives you to create more harm than good. When we delude ourselves about the true nature of our experience, we not only harm other people. We also harm our- selves, because we don’t befriend certain elements of who we are, of our basic con- nection to others and to our environment. That’s very sad and very unsatisfying. Healing and transformation are possible the moment we accept the actuality of things as they are—good, bad, or ugly— and then act on that understanding with imagination, kindness, and intentionality. This is not easy or painless, by any means, but it is both an embodiment of and a path toward wisdom and peace. In this regard, we are trying to create a way of speaking about mindfulness as a practice, a way of being, and also as the cul- mination of the practice in any given mo- ment that is so commonsensical that peo- ple will say, “Of course, that makes sense. It makes sense to be in the present moment, to be a little less judgmental or at least be aware of how judgmental I am. Why didn’t I notice this earlier? It’s so obvious.” Who can we rely on to do the work of bring- ing this message to more people? This is a huge challenge, given how impris- oned we are and how blinded by our own conditioning. It would be great if the Dalai lama could do it all by himself, but there simply isn’t enough of him and the other great teachers to go around. Plus, not ev- erybody can hear it in the language of the traditional meditation vehicles. So perhaps we need many highly dedicated and skillful meditation teachers, steeped in their own practice, to fulfill the need that’s waiting out there. There’s so much suffering in the world. Who are we not to respond to it in some way? That is why a lot of our efforts in MBSr go into professional training, to- dzogchen the natural great perfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS W ITH LAMA SURYA DA S Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by many to be "the teaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate, essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily inte grated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces u s to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are held across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS Joshua Tr e e , CA Spring March 20 – 28, 2010 Garrison, NY Summer July 23 – August 1, 2010 Garrison, NY Winter January 1 – 9, 2011 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY • NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail email@example.com, or call 617- 628 -1702. LAMA SURYA DAS is the author of The Mind is Mightier than the Sword (Doubleday, 2009), Buddha Is As Buddha Does (Harper San Francisco, 2007), as well as a number of other books including Letting Go of the Person You Used To Be and the Awakening Trilogy which includes the classic Awakening the Buddha Within (Broadway). Lama Surya is a Lineage holder of Tibetan Buddhism in the Rimé non-sectarian) tradition. For over thirty years, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, he has studied with the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. With his open and lively style, he is particularly effective in the transmission of Buddhism in viable Western forms by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight, as well as methods of practice, in a manner accessible to all. DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST