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Lions Roar : September 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2011 89 DZOGCHEN CENTER AWAKENING THE BUDDHA WITHIN Awakening to this natural wisdom and compassion is the practice of Dzogchen—Natural Great Perfection. In his new book, Buddha Standard Time, Lama Surya Das shows how we can make every moment an expression of our true Buddha-like nature. Join Lama Surya for an awakening retreat and see why Ram Das says of his new book, “If you want your future moments to sparkle with ecstatic awareness, read this book.” Discover what Thich Nhat Hanh means when he says that Lama Surya’s book offers, “A wealth of inspiration and practical tips for enjoying the Kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, now.” AWAKENING RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYA DAS Awakening the Buddha Within Annapolis, MD September 30 – October 1, 2011 Buddha Standard Time Tibetan Mongolian Cultural Center, Bloomington, IN October 6 – October 8, 2011 For Information and Registration: www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 585-348-7125. Based on his 40 years of spiritual experience, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, Lama Surya Das is a master at transmitting to Westerners the teachings of the Great Perfection. Many students have found that this is Lama Surya’s special gift— his ability to transmit the very pith of these instructions with expansive warmth, poetry and abundant good humor. He has often said “my mission is transmission.” He has reached millions through the publication of 13 books, including his latest, Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now. The Realm of Kuntuzangpo Advanced Dzogchen Retreat (prerequisites apply) Dzogchen Osel Ling, Austin, TX October 15 – October 22, 2011 Natural Meditation, Dzogchen Meditation With Guest Teachers Mirabai Bush & Tulku Sherab Dorje Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY January 1 – January 8, 2012 "AS CHOGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE ONCE SAID, 'We are far more Buddha-like than we know.'" – Lama Surya Das in Awakening the Buddha Within "AS CHOGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE ONCE SAID, 'We are far more Buddha-like than we know.'" – Lama Surya Das in Awakening the Buddha Within the time—or passion or admiration—but someone who will take your hand and step with you into the insane flood of need and desire and emotion and connec- tion, and, eyes wide open, watch it all and feel it fully. Together. To become each other’s object of medi- tation is a good problem-solving method- ology when it comes to love. WISDOM In all my thinking about the nature of wisdom, there is only one thing I can say about it with any confidence: it has noth- ing to do with me or my little understand- ings or insights, not that there is anything wrong with them. It has more to do, it seems, with giving up on the idea of “my” wisdom and instead making a relation- ship to wisdom itself, the field of intelli- gence that underlies, encapsulates, gives rise to, and is utterly indifferent to “me.” When I try to love my husband from a place of thinking I know what is going on between us or I know what love is, I fail to connect with him. When I am able to disengage from my ideas about who either of us is or should be or what love itself should look like, and meet him in a place beyond knowing, I see again and again that wisdom, groundlessness, and love are absolutely inseparable. So—whether our connection feels joyous, contentious, dull, or shocking—we begin again. And again. AFTER THE FIGHTS, daily irritations, and completely unpredictable disappear- ances and resurgences of love and desire, I have given up trying to analyze or control what makes us argue or reconcile. Instead, the best I can do is look at each disconnect, the teeny ones and the seemingly insur- mountable ones, as yet another chance to step beyond my comfort zone and into a deeper (and more uncomfortable) love. When I try to hold our relationship in the cradle of loving-kindness in just this way, our difficulties become ornaments in the crazy dance of love. ♦ Making It Work continued from page 38