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Lions Roar : November 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2011 19 learned to join the inherent unity of our body and mind with our surroundings. We are successful, and we shine. Because we shine, we stand out, becoming beacons for others and for the world. Splendidness is a physical expression as well as a psychological one—the result of bravery in relationship to our physical being. Meditating with our whole body increases our realization. Eating in a bal- anced way brings energy. Moving ener- gizes us. As soon as we are at all disen- franchised from our physical well-being, our splendidness diminishes. Through bravery, we are fully activating our vital- ity. We are appreciating the preciousness of what we have obtained. Therefore we wholeheartedly embody every aspect of our physical domain. All the great teachers I have known embody splendidness: they understand the inseparability of the mind and body. This union of psychological and physical splendidness is connected with the notion of richness. That splendidness is therefore brilliant because our minds and bodies are the jewel from which bravery radiates. Having felt, touched, and sensed our own richness, we realize that it is a vast treasure trove, unending and self-perpetuating. Thus bravery comes from discovering our inexhaustible wealth. It allows us to be splendid to others—in contrast to what the British call “splendid isolation,” where we remain on our island, constantly sepa- rated from others. Because such a state is exhaustible, it is not truly splendid. Splen- didness is to be shared with others. When we smile with bravery, we have plenty to go around. Thus, our manifestation is splendidness. We exude unyielding confi- dence in basic goodness. Because we are brave, we cannot deceive ourselves. The feeling of splendidness is a direct experience that transcends interpreta- tion altogether. According to my father, it is “the essence of strength and bravery.” Initially, we might have thought that brav- ery was aggression or bravado. But rather splendidly, it turns out, the essence of strength and bravery is splendidness itself. The nature of true bravery is to feel the impressiveness of our own being. ♦ SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. Own a Beautiful Archival Quality Print Choose from among our collection of dharma art. These prints are taken from the pages of the magazines and include works by well-known teachers, artists and contributors, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Chogyam Trungpa and Kaz Tanahashi. Visit the Shambhala Sun Online Store www.shambhalasun.com Be Enchanted Own a Beautiful Archival Quality Print Own a Beautiful Archival Quality Print Own a Beautiful Archival Quality Print