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Lions Roar : September 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2011 71 about passionate love, sexual love. We are talking about a love of human beings, of the planet—the love of seeing a little flower growing out of the earth at a cer- tain time of the year. If you have the capacity to find love in beauty, that is the door opener of true love. True love comes from looking at a beautiful day and the feeling that comes from that. Perhaps you don’t have the words for it, but you just feel, “Ah, gosh, what a wonderful day,” and that particular moment makes you happy. You see beauty and you embrace it—that is love. What or where is this “beyond” that you refer to? Oh, that’s a deep question. Let’s start with meditation. There is a stage in practice where you don’t faint, you don’t black out, but you are in a space. In this space you are able to stop the conscious mind, the one that constantly talks and gives you all kinds of information from your eyes, your ears, your nose. When you’re able to get into that space, that is “beyond.” That’s where you find truth. In this stage of my life, I personally believe that you get truth from your subconscious mind and by meditating you get into the sub- conscious mind. Meditation opens the space I call “beyond.” What does it mean for you as a rock singer that your newest album is about prayer? It means that people who work in the arts need prayer as much as anyone else. I don’t separate my work as a rock singer from prayer. When I went on stage to make a living, I made people happy with my work. The feedback was always that I inspired people to get out and help them- selves to go forward, to practice Bud- dhism. Everything has been very positive and that’s because of my spiritual practice. I feel alone now—my mother is gone, my sister is gone. But I have two sons, I have my relationship with my partner, Erwin, and I have my practice. I feel that I have help. The practice takes care of me. If you practice, you will see that this is exactly what it does. ♦ Like a great river, the dharma is deep and wide. Because the dharma addresses the deepest questions of life, we publish Buddhadharma for those pursuing a long-term practice and study of Buddhism. Because it benefits a wide range of people, we offer a Buddhist-inspired perspective on all the important issues of life today in the Shambhala Sun. And for those who may not be looking for a new religion or philosophy but want to bring the scientifically proven benefits of meditation into their lives, we are launching our important new initiative, Mindful: Living with Awareness and Compassion, and www.mindful.org. The Shambhala Sun Foundation is devoted to serving the dharma fully, in both its depth and breadth. Your contribution will enable us to fulfill this important mission—to help the dharma put down deep and genuine roots in the West, and bring its wisdom and practice to all who need it. To donate online, go to www.shambhalasun.com/donate. Or you can call toll-free at 1-877-422-8404 ext. 36, or mail your contribution to Shambhala Sun, 1426 Pearl St., Ste. 420, Boulder, CO, 80302- 5340, or in Canada to Shambhala Sun, 1660 Hollis St., Ste. 701, Halifax NS B3J 1V7 SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. Buddhadharma THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SHAMBHALA SUN BUDDHISM CULTURE MEDITATION LIFE Help Us Serve the Dharma