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Lions Roar : January 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2012 82 SUPERB SERVICE FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS SANTA FE & NEW MEXICO 888-832-5668 SUSANH@SUSANHARRISREALTY. COM We proudly participate in the Independent Brokers Network, a community-based real estate alliance For Inspiring Properties in Santa Fe & New Mexico We believe you’ll want to know us SUSAN C. HARRIS QUALIFYING BROKER, GRI, CRS TM Protestant, a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu. That’s why we called it the Shambhala Kingdom. A kingdom should have lots of dif- ferent spiritual disciplines in it. What he called kingdom here, he also referred to as enlight- ened society, where each person could realize they possessed basic goodness. Through group sitting practice married with con- templation of the warrior principles of fearlessness and gentle- ness, Shambhala training was designed to instill an appreciation of basic goodness in all its dimensions. If such seeds are planted one by one, our society could become an enlightened one. As with the Sadhana of Mahamudra and dharma art, the power of the Shambhala teachings lay not in an imposing ide- ology but in a direct perception of the world, described in this context as “discovering magic,” experiencing a quality known in Tibetan as drala: Drala could almost be called an entity. It is not quite on the level of a god or gods, but it is an individual strength that does exist. Therefore, we not only speak of drala principle, but we speak of meeting the “dralas.” The dralas are anything that connects you with the elemental quality of reality, anything that reminds you of the depth of perception. 8. Such Thunderstorm The late seventies and the eighties saw tremendous deepen- ing and maturation of the teachings and institutions Trungpa Rinpoche laid down. He presented the most refined levels of what he had been taught and had discovered. At times, these teachings could be hard to fathom, but he provided commentary so future generations could follow the footprints and see for themselves what they might reveal. By the end of his life, he had personally conducted thirteen Vajradhatu Seminaries, three-month train- ing programs in the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana teach- ings. Rigorous periods of all-day practice and study alternated in a way that had no precedent in the traditional training regimens Trungpa Rinpoche learned under. He told some it was his great- est achievement. In 1987, he died. And we had to let go. His death was com- memorated with great pageantry in a high meadow on the Ver- mont land where his journey in America had begun. Thousands paid tribute. Prominent Tibetan teachers, Zen masters, and other Buddhist teachers he had influenced, artists, poets, and politi- cians joined students who had walked the many paths he intro- duced. It was sad, and yet joyful. He left all of himself for all to see. Many more people in the future will derive benefit from his teaching than those who knew him in his lifetime. In his will, he left these parting words: Born a monk, died a king. Such thunderstorm does not stop. We will be haunting you along with the dralas. Jolly good luck! ♦