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Lions Roar : September 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2006 96 Zen Mountain Monastery Comprehensive introduction to Zen The Eight Gates of Zen training matrix Weekend and week-long retreats Study with experienced teachers A monastic and residential community Set in the beautiful Catskill Mountains (845) 688-2228 • email@example.com www.mro.org One-month Residential Programs DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST dzogchen the natural great perfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYA DAS Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by many to be "the teaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate, essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are held across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS Santa Rosa, CA Fall October 7 – 15, 2006 Garrison, NY Winter December 29, 2006 – January 7, 2007 Joshua Tree, CA Spring March 24 – April 1, 2007 Garrison, NY Summer July 14 – 29, 2007 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY • NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617-628 -1702. LAMA SURYA DAS is the author of the recently released Natural Radiance: Awakening to Your Great Perfection (Sounds True) and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be (Broadway Books). He is also the noted author of the Awakening Trilogy: Awakening the Buddha Within, Awakening to the Sacred, and Awakening the Buddhist Heart. Lama Surya Das is a Lineage Holder of the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the Rimé (non-sectarian) tradition. For over thirty years, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, he has studied with the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. With his open and lively style, he is particularly effective in the transmission of Buddhism by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight, as well as methods of practice, in a manner accessible to all. category, I also noticed that my mind was incredibly boring after drinking. And since having a few drinks, which gestured towards trust and companion- ship, was necessary to the work, I had to learn how to tolerate the full experience of my own meditation at its most mun- dane. This seemed not a large price to pay to be useful in this world, something that’s always in question. The big issue is always whether you can bear your own mind. Boredom was one of the obvious disadvantages of being around people who were having a few drinks, so it was a nice discovery that I was that way too. I also noticed that, regardless of its ap- parent quality, the meditation helped a lot. When people got overwrought, I didn’t have to. 4. Politics can also be the art of not having a self and of meeting the impossible. Politics and partisanship are usually a bit light in the department of not tak- ing yourself seriously, so Buddhism might have something to offer here. It could be one of the spiritual advantages of politics: if you don’t take yourself too seriously, you might stop taking yourself seriously at all. You might not bother to have a self that you have to cart around with you and feed and maintain. This goes in the opposite direction from Bismarck’s dictum: if you are not the person you have claimed to be, lim- ited in the ways you thought you were limited, then perhaps the world and other human beings are also not limited in the ways you thought. In this way poli- tics might be able to rest on taking away foundations and standing on nothing at all; it could be the art of the impossible. This means achieving things that no re- alistic person would believe could occur. And if you can do a small impossible thing, like walk around without a self, then perhaps you can do a large impos- Return to the World continued from page 59