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Lions Roar : January 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2012 31 is a place to die and a place to be born, equally, at the same time.” Our perspective on life tends to be choosy, he pointed out. We project a partial reality to suit ourselves, but the perspective of tantra takes in the whole picture. We would like things to be just one way—comfortable for us and never-ending—but there are unsettling dichotomies all over the place: As soon as we are born, we are starting to die. Whenever we’re happy, there is a tinge of sadness. We long to be united, but we know we are alone. We feel wretched, he observed. There is so much wrong with us. And at the same time, we are glorious. We are the buddhas of the future. In some sense, we are buddhas right now. If we can find the bravery to face the totality of our circum- stances—the negativity as well as the richness—a world of invigo- rating energy will reveal itself. The dichotomies begin to resolve themselves because we stop trying to ally ourselves with one smaller perspective or the other. For example, he taught, if we TAIL OF THE TIGER EARLY 1970s PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN