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Lions Roar : July 2010
CULTIVATING A CULTURE OF AWAKENING Mindfulness retreats with the Monks & Nuns in the tradition of ZEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH 2010 TOUR THE WORLD WE BECOME July 21-25 Deer Park Monaster Escondido, CA HAPPINESS IS THE WAY August 4-8 Blue Cliff Monastery, Walker Valley, NY BE THE CHANGE August 20-25 YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO (( Dear friends, if you look deeply enough, you will see me in the Retreat, walking with you, sitting with you, breathing with you. I feel clearly that I am in you and you are in me. In this Retreat, you will witness the talent of the Sangha: You will see that Thay is already well continued by the Sangha, and the presence of the Sangha carries Thay' s presence ' - Thich Nhat Hanh People of all ages, experiences and backgrounds are warmly welcome! For more information and registration: vvvvvv.tnhtour.org or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 34 SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2010 find him. He is somewhere in the market- place, with the other fishermen. The only way you will know him is that wherever he goes, withered trees burst into bloom. In Judaism the Tzaddik is the equiva- lent of the Zen Fisherman, someone who has attained true wisdom and ripeness. A story is told of a Tzaddik who was on his way to synagogue for Kol Nidre prayers on the eve of Yom Kippur. These are prayers for forgiveness at the holiest time of the year. When he didn't arrive, the congrega- tion became worried and set out to search for him. He was finally found-in a near- by house cradling a baby. Shocked, the congregation asked him what happened. The Tzaddik said that on In Jewish practice, true kindness arises froll1 the mitzvot, specific thoughts and actions to be used at the appropriate till1es. the way to synagogue, he passed a home and heard a baby crying loudly. When he checked to make sure the child was all right, he found the baby alone. Distressed, the Tzaddik immediately picked him up and rocked him in his arms. Rather than go to synagogue for the prayers, he stayed and comforted the baby. There was noth- ing else he could do. Both Zen and Jewish practice continually return us to everyday reality, to this moment and all it asks from us. When we are ripe, we simply give unconditionally whatever is needed, with no thought of ourselves or of being someone special. The Tzaddik com- forting the baby was the deepest prayer- like the Zen Fisherman laughing with oth- ers while sitting anonymously on a pier. Both were concerned only with taking the very best care of life. The true fruit and test of both practices is kindness, expressed in all kinds of ways, wherever the practitioner may go. When a person lives in that man- ner, the withered branches of whomever she touches naturally come back to life. .