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Lions Roar : January 2015
emotions. Emotions do not disappear, but—when tamed and transmuted—they can shine like a jewel in our lives. As many great teachers of meditation tell us, we should be delighted that we have our thoughts and emotions; they are the marks of being alive. At the same time, we don’t want to be dizzy for eternity, spin- ning the wheel of life ever faster within this existence and from one existence to another. Thus, we return to the image of the Buddha, the one who woke up from the dream and stopped spinning the illusions that drive our suffering. He made it pos- sible for others to do the same, by sharing his example. Shakya- muni and other buddhas may be naked or dressed in rich brocade. There are some who wear monastic robes, some who sit on elephants or stand on tigers, and some who wear their emotions as diadems or jeweled necklaces. These displays of awakened mind may be inspiring, but there is a difference between imitating the outer trappings of the buddhas and emulating their state of mind. We may think that, if we sit up really tall, tuck in our chin, and either close our eyes or lower our gaze and rest our hands in a meditative gesture, this is all that’s required. Well, it will help, actually. But if we have a self-satisfied internal grin, then our peaceful pose may be more deceptive than liberating. We have to open to ourselves and, rather than trying to cage our emotions and calling this a spiritual achievement, we have to work with them. For me, for now, I’ll continue to invite all my rampant thoughts and emotions to join me in retreat. At least for the duration of the retreat, I’m not inflicting them on anyone else! And who knows, maybe one day the Buddha will also show up. I’m sure he or she will. I’ve had glimpses. ♦ SHAMBHALA MOUNTAIN CENTER Transformative Retreats Inspiring Presenters Contemplative Environment Just two hours from Denver in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. For more information, to see our full listing of programs, or to request a free catalog: 1.888 .788.7221 shambhalamountain.org Each year we offer over a hundred group retreats and programs in personal growth and contemplative wisdom traditions from around the world. Experience the magic for yourself. SHAMBHALA MOUNTAIN CENTER Transformative Retreats Transformative Retreats Transformative Retreats Transformative Retreats Inspiring Presenters Inspiring Presenters Inspiring Presenters Inspiring Presenters Contemplative Environment Contemplative Environment Contemplative Environment Contemplative Environment Just two hours from Denver in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. For more information, to see our full listing of programs, or to request a free catalog: 1.888 .788.7221 shambhalamountain.org Each year we offer over a hundred Each year we offer over a hundred group retreats and programs in personal group retreats and programs in personal growth and contemplative wisdom growth and contemplative wisdom traditions from around the world. traditions from around the world. Experience the magic for yourself. The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training I January 30 – February 1 Tibetan Yoga of Breath Anyen Rinpoche & Allison Choying Zangmo Febraury 27 – March 1 Retreat and Renewal Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our prisinte mountain environment. Join in part or all of the scheduled activities: meditation (with instruction), yoga, guided hiking with our land steward, a tour of the Great Stupa, films, evening talks, and discussion. January16–18 | February6–8 SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2015 28