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Lions Roar : September 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2006 72 action or negative action—but on the mo- tivation. Motivation is so important. So motivation means hatred, jealousy, com- passion, forgiveness, fear, all those emo- tions. Some action comes from serving without self-interest, genuine service and helping, not due to money or fame but genuine altruistic motivation. That really brings positive, useful, beneficial actions. Therefore when we realize that, then try to transform or reduce negative and try to increase positive. How? Understanding the contradiction of forces.” “And wrestling with them,” I said, but what I thought was, “Whew, that was a mouthful.” He tried to reduce it to simple terms: “Like once you recognize anger is bad— for myself, my body, my peace of mind, for my friend and the whole world on a global level—then you consider what is the opposite force? Compassion, love. Try to increase love and compassion. And why do I need loving-kindness toward others? Because it brings increased ben- efit to me. Not for next life but even in the moment. The more compassionate mind becomes something fuller. Self-confi- dence. Fearless determination.” This was something I could grasp. Though he talked in circles and fragment- ed sentences, with imperfect grammar, he nonetheless conveyed his meaning. The man is brilliant, there is no doubt. Part of his brilliance is his way of explaining Buddhist concepts, and the complexities of Tibetan Buddhism in particular, in a way that Westerners can comprehend. It was hard not to idolize him. “How do you keep people from hero- worshipping you?” I finally asked. “In the realistic way,” he replied and explained by small example: “Yesterday I met one sick girl. They brought her to me with some expectation. I said, ‘I can’t help you but I can give some advice.’ That is my limitation. I just share their worry, same worry. I can’t do anything, I accept the reality. So when I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk, that is reality. That is realistic. I don’t care what other people say or feel. Important is mindful- ness myself. I should not exaggerate from reality. I am human being, I am Buddhist. But in the name of humility, you can be- little yourself too much and then that is also not realistic. One of the important purposes of education is to try to reduce the gap between appearance and reality.” I got to witness his skillfulness with this “reality” after my interview ended, when some dozen Westerners, fresh from a three-month retreat nearby, filed in, bowing almost obnoxiously. Their leader pulled out a sheet of questions each had composed for His Holiness. They preced- ed their questions with elaborate intros like, “Holiness, in your infinite wisdom and with greatest respect for your thou- sands of lifetimes and bowing to the gods of compassion and...” Then they would launch into questions that, I am sure, were causing each of them great suffering. They were the most inane, selfish questions, of such a personal nature that there would be no way for His Holiness to offer guidance without spending hours (in some of their cases, years) in personal psychoanalysis finally an answer to pain in meditation The Monastery Store · Dharma Communications P.O. Box 156SS · Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 · (845) 688-7993 www.mountainseat.com *U.S . Patent Pending Developed by monastics at Zen Mountain Monastery in conjunction with physical therapists, physicians and kinesiologists, the Mountain Seat cushion and mat incorporate an ingenious blending of traditional designs with the best available orthopedic technology. The secret to their unmatched comfort is viscoelastic foam, the same miracle product used by NASA for cushioning against powerful G-forces. Resting on buckwheat hulls, the cushion’s viscoelastic foam responds to heat and pressure and “flows” to accommodate the contours of the body, encouraging proper alignment while easing the pain in the spine, back, hip joints, knees and ankles. The cushion comes in three sizes suitable for different body types and is made from sturdy handcrafted materials. For more information on these truly innovative products, or for assistance in selecting the best cushion for you, please contact: