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Lions Roar : May 2013
GREAT PLAINS ZEN CENTER W 7762 Falk Rd, Monroe, WI 53566. (608) 325-6248, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greatplainszen.org • Sunday evening zazen in Palatine, IL. Daily schedule, monthly sesshin, summer residential practice period in Munroe, WI. White Plum Asanga. Teacher: Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi. MILWAUKEE SHAMBHALA CENTER 2344 N Oakland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4322. (414) 277-8020, email@example.com, www.milwaukee. shambhala.org • Explore our diverse programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent goodness, gentleness and humor. ROOTED IN MINDFULNESS 4040 N Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005. (414) 882-8932, info@RootedInMindfulness.org, www.RootedInMindfulness. org • Universal Dharma Center. Supporting mindfulness, wis- dom, and compassion. Beginning classes, deepening practice, group meditation, retreats. Open to all. By donation. SPIRIT ROOM 111 Broadway, Fargo, ND 58102. (701) 237-0230, (701) 364-0997, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.spiritroom.net • Shambhala Meditation Sangha: Shamata, Tonglen, Lojong practice Wednesday evenings 7:30; Individual Meditation Instruction in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche by appointment; Prairie Sky Sangha Vipassana Insight Meditation Tuesday evenings 7:15; Yoga and Meditation Retreat Days bi-monthly; Center for Interfaith Projects; Shambhala Book Club. STILL POINT ZEN BUDDHIST TEMPLE 4347 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48208. (313) 831-1005, email@example.com, www.stillpointzenbuddhist temple.org • Sunday family services at 10 am; public meditation at 10:30 am and 5 pm. Monthly and quarterly retreats; meditation classes; seminars and workshops; seminary. Guiding teacher: Koho Vincent Anila. TERGAR INTERNATIONAL 706 N 1st St, Ste 112, Minneapolis, MN 55401. (612) 460- 8837, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tergar.org • Tuesday meditation 7 pm; check website for other centers and pro- gram dates. Summer retreats in NE, NW and MN. UDUMBARA ZEN CENTER 501 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60202. (847) 475-3264, Fax: (847) 475-8937, email@example.com, www.udumbarazen.org • Bodhisattva, priest & chaplaincy training. Head Teacher is Diane Martin, Soto Zen. ZEN LIFE & MEDITATION CENTER OF CHICAGO 163 N Humphrey Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302. (708) 445-1651, www.zlmc.org • Offering a comprehensive core curriculum for living a Zen-inspired life of openness, empathy and clarity. Teacher: Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse. SOUTH CHAPEL HILL ZEN CENTER PO Box 16302, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. (919) 967-0861, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chzc.org • A Soto Zen temple with daily meditation in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Teacher: Josho Pat Phelan. ` DAOIST TRADITIONS 382 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. (828) 225-3993, (828)255-3306, email@example.com, www. daoisttraditions.edu • Accredited Masters’ Degree. A program in Classical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, steeped in the Spirit of Daoism and teachings by Jeffrey Yuen. FLOWERING LOTUS MEDITATION & RETREAT CENTER 204 S Clark St, Magnolia, MS 39652. (504) 905-4090, Fax: (888) 807-7051, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. floweringlotusmeditation.org • Monthly donation based retreats (mostly vipassana meditation), yoga retreats, New Orleans sitting group, diverse population, vegetarian, avail- able for rent, capacity: 45 yogis, elegant environment. FORT WORTH MEDITATION 312 W Leuda St, Fort Worth, TX 76104. (817) 290-2117, email@example.com, www.For tWor thMeditation. org • Group Meditation classes held Thursday evenings Action Vajrayana action, like that of the previous yanas, is based on wisdom and compassion. It has its root in mindful- ness and awareness. But at this level, com- passionate activity becomes more radical, even wrathful, and totally uncompromis- ing. Such action is described as having four forms or energies: pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and destroying. There is a no-nonsense approach to obstacles, and a determination to clear away fearlessly any- thing that threatens to undermine one’s progress on the path to the realization of the sacred, wakeful nature of reality. In the Vajrayana we recognize that physical gestures, sounds and utterances, and thoughts are all gateways to awakening and should be worked with and respected. We see that all aspects of our experience, and the environment as a whole, are workable on the path to enlightenment. The Vajrayana is a complete world. Once you enter it, every action becomes a mes- sage of the teaching. There is no boundary and nowhere to hide. Treasure The three-yana journey I have been describing is not a linear journey. You repeatedly circle back to the beginning and start over again. Each time you think you have reached a break- through, you find that there is further to go, and it becomes clear that an accom- plishment at one level can become an obstacle at the next. However, you keep going, drawn by the lure of the treasure, the promise of awakening, the yearning for freedom. If you follow the map with enough persistence, maybe you will find it. There it will be: X marks the spot. Or maybe the search itself is the treasure. Maybe you have been carrying the trea- sure with you all along. o JUDY LIEF is a Buddhist teacher and the edi- tor of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, a new three-volume series presenting the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Seminary teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The author of Making Friends with Death, Lief teaches a contemplative approach to facing death and working with the dying and leads an annual retreat for women touched by cancer entitled Courageous Women, Fearless Living. Journey to Awakening continued from page 73 empty, accommodating birth and death, samsara and nirvana, all phenomena. Meditation Vajrayana practices can be divided into those with form and those that are more formless. Naturally, the foun- dation for embarking on these advanced practices is your training in shamatha and vipashyana, and in the Mahayana mind training and compassion practices. Visualization practices make use of the mind’s natural tendency to form pic- tures. In visualization practice you create an image in your mind of a deity, and you evoke the wisdom and power of that deity, identifying the deity with those qualities in your own nature. Visualization practices are done in the context of liturgies, or sadhanas, that include meditation, the recitation of mantras, and ritual gestures, or mudras. In tantra, there are many deities representing different types of realization. For instance, Avalokiteshvara represents compassion and Manjushri represents wisdom. However, it is important to understand that these dei- ties are unlike more well-known theistic concepts, such as a creator God. Tantric deities are luminous yet empty, and they arise and dissolve out of emptiness in the process of visualization. They embody our own enlightened nature. Vajrayana formless practice is the epit- ome of simplicity and relaxation. This experience is sometimes referred to as being like an old dog. There is a carefree, confident, and nonstriving approach to meditation and a letting go of pretense. Trungpa Rinpoche talked about this as being content to be the lowest of the low. There is an exhaustion of egoic ambition. Vajrayana practices are meant to be transmitted directly by an accomplished master to students who are well-trained and prepared to enter into them fully. They are not taken up casually. The per- sonal relationship between teacher and student is paramount. The meeting of the dedication of the teacher and the devo- tion of the students provides the essential spark for Vajrayana practices to take root. SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2013 92