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Lions Roar : May 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2012 27 DESTRUCTIVE HABITS AND CARELESS BEHAVIOR are the cause of our suffering. If we seek to live our lives fully, we should not become trapped in our routines. When a bee settles on a flower to suck its nectar, it is intoxicated by the taste. Unaware that night is descending, the bee is trapped in the flower as the petals slowly close. As human beings, we should use our intel- ligence and hone our awareness so that our habits do not shackle us and rob us of our freedom. Discursive thoughts and afflictive emotions obscure the naturally expansive and luminous nature of mind. Awareness is lost when we narrowly focus on ourselves and what the “I” experi- ences. This tunnel vision creates the breeding ground for a strong sense of ego. When we cannot transcend our ordinary, habitual ways of thinking, we become mired in our confusion. Not rec- ognizing the pristine nature of mind, we suffer because there is a great deal of attachment to the “I.” An endless stream of thoughts, with one thought linked to the next, traps us in a perpetual cycle of confusion and pain. Each thought should remain in its own place. It would not make sense to drag a caterpillar from its cocoon and expect it to make honey; that would be unnatural. Similarly, if you placed a honeybee in a cocoon, it would not know how to transform into a butterfly. So the caterpillar should remain in its cocoon, and PAINTINGBYMATTHEWFISCHER,COURTESYOFBRIDGETTEMAYERGALLERY,PHILADELPHIA,PA The Beautiful Energy of Thoughts Working with our thoughts is the greatest challenge in meditation—maybe in life. SHYALPA TENZIN RINPOCHE tells us how we can experience them as freedom not imprisonment. SHYALPA TENZIN RINPOCHE is the spiritual guide of Shyalpa Monastery in Kathmandu, the founder of the Tibetan Refugee Childrenʼs Fund, and the head of Rangrig Yeshe, a nonprofit that organizes teachings and retreats throughout the United States.