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Lions Roar : January 2015
we often BrinG the dharMa into our life only when things come to a painful point—when we are facing a cross- roads or experiencing confusion. Then we go into our library, dust off a Buddhist book, and crack it open. We’re trying to find something that can help us, but what would really help is to bring the dharma into our daily life by practicing and studying it every day. To live the dharma we have to have the dharma within us. To have the dharma within us, we need to reeducate and rewire ourselves so that when we experience something, we automati- cally see it through dharmic eyes. We do that by becoming so deeply familiar with the teachings that they become incorpo- rated into our body, speech, and mind. Then we know what to do when we encounter a situation—the dharmic response comes naturally. Engaging with dharma daily isn’t just a mind thing; through the posture of meditation, it is also a body thing and it relates to speech as well. Speech is a way of accessing the truth; it’s an ave- nue for developing wisdom and virtue. The symbol of the Bud- dha’s teaching—the wheel of the dharma with one male deer PHOTOBYNOELLEBUSKE and one female deer—suggests that the first step in our trans- formation is to listen. If we cannot listen, we cannot remember the teachings. If we cannot remember, we cannot contemplate or meditate. The teachings must be absorbed somehow. When we first begin meditation practice, the process of incor- porating the dharma into our life is awkward because we’re still not that familiar with it. We look at whatever is happening to us and around us and think, “Is this karma, like what I read about? Is this suffering? Is it emptiness? Is it selflessness?” In the edu- cation system of more traditional Buddhist cultures, students spend their early years just memorizing. This is a highly effective method for bringing the dharma into your day. The teachings you memorize will soak into your mind and make an imprint. After a while, snippets you have memorized or qualities you have contemplated will begin to pop into your head at random times—while you’re practicing, for instance, or driving down the road, or having an argument at work. Without effort, the teachings will even begin to affect your dreams and daydreams. Scrolling through Facebook posts, you might find yourself recognizing the reality of impermanence or actively sending compassion to others. Like seeds in a garden, words of wisdom blossom as you cultivate them. Then the structure of the words and the words Learning by Heart When you study teachings daily, they pop into your mind more often and you begin to understand them more deeply. In time, says Sakyong MiphaM, the words fall away, and you fall away, too. Only the dharma remains. Sakyong MiphaM Rinpoche’s most recent book is The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure. SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2015 13