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Lions Roar : September 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2006 97 Tibetan Portable Altar Case Hand-crafted in Dharamsala $69 12" high - Ideal for 5" to 7" statues Orders for cases and statues at www.tibetarts.com email: email@example.com 617-803-6681 • 781-643-4656 $10 shipping and handling sible thing like change the mind of an en- tire people or be kind to the person you are at war with. Finally a couple of observations about our culture now. In our time a kind of anime demon rises up out of the metaphor of life as a market. This meta- phor has become central because it’s per- suasive and useful, and it simplifies life to think that everything has its price and that things that don’t have a price don’t count. So any public action involves an assessment made of yourself and your ideas as an item in a market. I don’t know that I object to this. I do notice that the efforts of many powerful people in our time are devoted to distort- ing the market in their favor. Perhaps that makes me like a market better—if greedy people are trying to stop it working, it might have something good. It also can be very freeing to be judged as an object, like soap powder. The market only values you according to your use and no being really has a use. This discovery might help us escape any abject wish to get a high rat- ing against other soap powders. If there’s no self, there’s no need to win approval, be famous, get your face lifted, get more all-knowing. Joy isn’t a brand and doesn’t have market share, yet it’s freely available. If you have it, you will always want to reach out to others and share it. Finally, the state often muscles in on private life. (Spiritual people who are fond of knowing what’s good for others also have a dismal record in this regard.) The state wants to keep its own activities secret, spy on everyone, collect infinite phone records, regulate abortion, sex, dissent. Just knowing that this kind of control will eventually come unstuck, and that you yourself don’t claim to know what is best for others, can be freeing. If we free our minds we’ll reach out natu- rally to help people, and the planet. And we can remember that meditation is the beginning of private life, the true rebel- lion against human limitation. It’s for you and it is also for the universe; it brings joy and willingness to embrace life; it’s no- body’s business but yours, and it steadies you in whatever action you might take. ♦