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Lions Roar : September 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2006 26 shocked. We wanted to be with them forever and clung to the hope that we would. We can learn to deal with imperma- nence gracefully, but this occurs only when we are able to recognize the errone- ous preconception of permanence, and to be mindful of the transient nature of people and things. TRUSTING THAT UNSATISFACTORY THINGS BRING HAPPINESS Whatever gives us pleasure also brings us problems: the perfect partner leaves us, our beloved child rebels, the promotion that elevates our status also increases the number of hours we have to work. The pleasures of cyclic existence continually let us down, yet we keep coming back for more, thinking that this time lasting hap- piness will ensue. We are like gamblers believing the next roll will bring fortune, like addicts craving the next fix. Through being mindful of the second distortion, we realize that most of what society has taught us and what we have taught our children about happiness is simply untrue. We must seek lasting hap- piness through eliminating the actual causes of misery—afflictive emotions and the actions (karma) motivated by them. BELIEVING THE UNATTRACTIVE TO BE ATTRACTIVE We cling to the attractiveness of our own bodies, and the bodies of others. The “body beautiful” is one of our favorite fixations. But if the body is so attractive, why do we go to so much effort to change it? We try desperately to make our body look better: dye our hair, gain or lose weight, and wear clothes that accentuate certain parts of our body. “Staying young” is a major commer- cial enterprise in this country. But what if we harmonized ourselves with reality? We are aging. Can we learn to be joyful with wrinkled skin, gray (or no) hair, lack of sexual interest, and sagging muscles? Ag- ing doesn’t have to be distressing, but our wrong view makes it so. GRASPING AT THINGS THAT HAVE NO INHERENT SELF The most detrimental distorted view sees a self in the body and mind. We think