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Lions Roar : May 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2012 29 illustrates this approach. If you throw a stone at a dog, the dog will chase after the stone. If you throw a stone at a lion, the lion will chase after you! The dog will continue to chase stones, but the lion will be finished with it once and for all. Look directly at the source of each thought rather than following its trail. Habits are conditional and fabricated by thoughts. These patterns of thought and action are the result of our failure to discover their source. Habits are a form of energy, and energy emerges and subsides like waves on the surface of the ocean. When you recognize the source, the energy will self- liberate upon arising; it will not result in more habitual behavior. Your practice is to find the source of the stone. You can continue to behave like a restless dog chasing after each thought, or you can pounce like a fearless lion and discover that the source of your thoughts is pure energy arising from emptiness. In this state of timeless purity, nothing truly comes into existence and nothing solidly exists, so there is no obstruction. If you have the courage to rest in this vast space, the fictions that fuel your enslaving habits will find no fertile ground in which to grow. We should not reject our thoughts and feelings, since they are all valid. However, our thoughts and feelings cause us prob- lems when we cling to them as if they were fixed and unchanging. When we abide in the empty and spacious nature of self and phenomena, we are free from all confu- sion. Therefore, let everything arise as sheer inspiration. Let everything be a cel- ebration. Whatever arises is perfectly fine, but if nothing arises, that is fine, too. With a flexible mind, we can direct our lives with sophistication. We will be beyond corrup- tion, and no matter what happens, we will be above the fray, so to speak. When we recognize the luminous quality of our true nature, clear essence will appear every- where. This is amazing indeed! ♦ Excerpted from Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath, by Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche. © 2012 by Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, California. The Tibetan Nuns Project supports, educates, and empowers more than 700 Tibetan nuns living in northern India, representing all Tibetan Buddhist lineages. For a dollar a day, you can help a nun freely practice her religion and become a self-reliant member of the community—and the modern world. www.tnp.org TNP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Tibetan Nuns Project