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Lions Roar : July 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2006 90 THE ZENDI THE WORLD'S FINEST PORTABLE ZAFU WWW.ZENBYDESIGN.COM TOLL FREE -1.866.905.0328 Find Renewal in this Healing Tradition Mount Blanc, Italy June 3-16, 2006 Mount Shasta 25th Annual Retreat in California Journey to one of the most spectacular places of power in the world. July 12-16, 2006 Japan August, 2006 Since 1979 thousands of happy & empowered participants Brant Secunda World famous shaman and healer. People come to Brant from around the world for healings. with DANCE OF THE DEER FOUNDATION CENTER FOR SHAMANIC STUDIES call 831.475.9560 email@example.com www.shamanism.com Ceremony • Healing • Rejuvenation • Prayer • Huichol Art The Healing Way of the Heart Experience Huichol Shamanism Seminars, Retreats & Pilgrimages Worldwide love a way to understanding, forgiveness, and peace. Of course this was all work. Just as cultivating a garden requires turning over the ground, pulling weeds, planting, and watering, doing the work of love is all about taking action. WHENEVER ANYONE ASKS me how they can begin the prac- tice of love I tell them giving is the place to start. In The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen offers this testimony: “Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity I know that I am moving from fear to love.” Salzberg sees giving as a way to purify the mind: “Giving is an inward state, a generosity of the spirit that extends to ourselves as well as to others.” Through giving we develop the mind of gratitude. Giving enables us to experience the fullness of abundance—not only the abundance we have, but the abundance in sharing. In sharing all that we have we become more. We awaken the heart of love. Dominator thinking and practice relies for its maintenance on the constant production of a feeling of lack, of the need to grasp. Giving love offers us a way to end this suffering—loving ourselves, extending that love to everything beyond the self, we experience wholeness. We are healed. The Buddha taught that we can create a love so strong that, as Salzberg states, our “minds become like a pure, flowing river that cannot be burned.” Such love is the foundation of spiritual awakening. If we are to create a worldwide culture of love then we need enlightened teachers to guide us. We need concrete strategies for practicing love in the midst of domination. Imagine all that would change for the better if every community in our nation had a center (a sangha) that would focus on the practice of love, of loving-kindness. All the great religious traditions share the be- lief that love is our reason for being. This shared understanding of love helps connect Buddhist traditions with Christian prac- tice. Those coming to Buddhism from Christian traditions ap- preciate the work that Thich Nhat Hanh has done to create a bridge connecting these spiritual paths. In Living Buddha, Living Christ he offers a vision of inclusiveness, reminding us that both Jesus and Buddha are doors we can walk through to find true love. He explains: “In Buddhism such a special door is deeply appreciated because that door allows us to enter the realm of mindfulness, loving-kindness, peace, and joy.” Sharing the tru- ism that there are many doors of teaching he states: “Each of us, by our practice and our loving-kindness, is capable of opening new dharma doors.” All of us who work toward creating a culture of love seek to share a real body of teaching that can reach everyone where we are. That was the lesson I learned at the conference last May—to be broad, to extend the circle of love beyond boundaries, bring- ing together people from different backgrounds and traditions, and feeling together the way love connects us. ♦ Worldwide Culture of Love continued from page 63