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Lions Roar : July 2010
D oschen Meditation and Retreat Center RANGJUNG YESHE GOMDE California ..... SUMMER 2010 ELIZABETH MATTIS-NAMGYEL June 17 - 20 Faith: Beyond Doubt and Belief Living a meaningful life in the midst of change CHÖKYI NYIMA RINPOCHE July 28 - August 1 Training the Mind, Taming the Heart Fundamental wisdom teachings July 31 - August 8 Dzogchen Intensive: Training in the Essential Nature Profound and pithy heart instructions ANIDEKYICHODRON July 8 - 11 Chod Practice Retreat Cutting through attachment July 15 - 18 Tara Retreat Study with an inspiring practitioner PHAKCHOK RINPOCHE September 24 - 26 Graded Stages of Mahamudra Inspiration from a dynamic teacher firstname.lastname@example.org I 707 925 0201 I www.gomdeusa.orgILeggett.CA 22 SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2010 pleasurable, appropriation is more plea- sure-oriented. We revel in our infatua- tion with pleasure. This is possible with any activity, including meditation. When we're sowing the seeds for attachment, we are laying the ground for future moments or future lifetimes. In trying to possess something, we're without a higher view, the view of emptiness. We have now watered the conscious- ness in such a way that it is ready to give birth. This is known as existence, the tenth nidana. First there was ignorance; and then formative action, getting every- thing ready. Now, at the level of existence, everything has come together, and we are on the cusp of producing the next birth. The time before we die is considered an especially potent time in terms of the ac- tual outcome of our life. After existence, we have birth. The next life, Lifetime C, is born from whatever situa- tion we are in. Our actions have caused us to be born among other people or beings who have similar karma. And what is this birth the basis for? It is the basis for suffering. The last nidana is aging and death. This is not aging in the sense of getting gray or fat. As soon as we are born, we begin to age. Birth is a painful experience, and between birth and death we experience suffering. Death is the end of that continuum. Seeing how the twelve nidanas arise dependently is a process of enlightening our own ignorance. Contemplating even one nidana as part of our daily meditation offers a tangible and profound way to see how the mind, the self, and phenomena work. It helps us become aware of habit- ual tendencies that have affected our ac- tions for a long time, such as thinking that the self is real. Understanding the nidanas helps us relate with the environment, which is created by a continual play of internal and external interdependencies. When we freeze or fixate, our meditative awareness will encourage us to step back and ask, How am I moving through time and space? How am I affecting my environment, and how is it affecting me? Knowing how our actions create the future, we can choose which karmic seeds to water. .