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Lions Roar : November 2012
ILLUSTRATIONBYRAYFENWICK Something to Believe In While belief can be just dogma or preconception, it can also be a guiding polestar that gives us a sense of direction. ELIZABETH MATTIS-NAMGYEL on the power of belief to move us out of a small, self-focused world and into a bigger way of being. MY FRIEND MARYANNE AND I WERE riding our horses together across the high open desert of the San Luis Valley when she surprised me with a question: she asked if I believed in rein- carnation. Since I’ve been a practicing Buddhist for over twenty- five years, it wasn’t the reincarnation part of the question that got me. It was the word “belief.” To me, belief describes a static way of looking at things, differ- ent from the more open, inquisitive qualities of mind that I have come to appreciate through my years of practice. This is not to say I disbelieve in reincarnation. After all, we seem to enter this world with already-established dispositions. Why, for instance, did Bobby Fischer have a predilection for chess? Why do children raised under the same roof often have such different characters? Why do I always want to be around horses? Furthermore, I find it difficult to envision life, which is primarily an experience of awareness, as a strictly material process. In other words, it doesn’t seem like the mind begins and ends with this body. And yes, the Buddha, whose teachings have deeply inspired me and opened up my life, did talk about his past lives. Yet as a Buddhist I never felt pushed to believe in reincarnation—to reach a solid conclusion. Instead, I have felt encouraged to stay open, to inquire. So when Maryanne asked her question, the word “belief ” seemed to undermine my understanding and experience of practice, which is investigative, lively, and interactive. Whether something is true or not is very important to us. In the world of science, we continuously strive to discover new truths, and these new truths render old truths obsolete. That says something about how “true” they were in the first place. This is SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2012 17