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Lions Roar : November 2014
F we want to Know how to bring dharma practice into our twenty-first-cen- tury life, there are basically two things we can do, one with our brain and the other with our heart. they are the two key practices of Buddhists. What we can do with our brain is to understand the nature of interdependence. interdependence isn’t just another concept from the Buddhist playbook. a genuine glimpse of interdependence can help us overcome the divide we feel within ourselves and with the rest of the world. What we can do with our heart is to develop true kindness and compassion. We should never underestimate the power of the heart to empower and wake us up, once we’ve genuinely connected with it. understanding interdependence begins with examining the concepts of individual- ity and independence as we normally view them in Western cultures. then we look at them from a dharmic perspective, which includes an altruistic motivation. When our intention is compassion, individuality and independence become a basis for develop- ing an understanding of interdependence. the process of examining these three i’s—individuality, independence, and inter- dependence—becomes a way of familiarizing ourselves with our minds. these con- The Three I’s of Twenty-First-Century Dharma dzoGChen PonloP rInPoChe on how the Buddhist take on individuality and independence leads us to a deeper understanding of interdependence. Left: Journey of my teacher, 2011, collage, silk brocade and scripture, 200 x 200 cm (78 3⁄4 x 78 3⁄4 in). By Tenzing Rigdol, courtesy of Rossi & Rossi and the artist. I SHAMBHALA SUN NoveMBer 2014 29