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Lions Roar : November 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2006 116 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 617-803-6681 • 781-643-4656 $10 shipping and handling if the world is going to hell in a handbas- ket? Gehlek Rinpoche’s answer was really great and clear: the relief of suffering, the relief of mass human suffering. That instruction or direction is a good compass for any vocation, but it’s par- ticularly applicable to the rudderless poet who is shifting from preservation of his own ego or projection of immortality or the romance of being a poet, to an activ- ity that functions well for other people. There is a bodhisattva aspect of poetry, particularly when you combine it with the notion of poetry as proclamation. So: proclamation of original mind proclamation of primordial mind proclamation of your candid mind proclamation of your own chaos proclamation of your own uncertainty proclamation of your own fragility proclamation of your own sensitivity proclamation of your own cheerful neurosis, so to speak, a cheerful attitude toward your nature, which fits in well with the meditation-practice suggestion to take a friendly attitude toward your thoughts rather than try to push them away—“in- vite them to tea,” merely observe them with a friendly attitude, and that can be applied to poetics, taking a friendly at- titude toward your thoughts, and when you catch yourself thinking, if you have an interesting and vivid thought, notating it, particularly the sequence of thoughts that might lead other people to notice their own mind. In other words, if you can show your mind it reminds people that they have got a mind. If you can catch yourself think- ing, it reminds people they can catch themselves thinking. If you have a vivid moment that’s more open and compas- sionate, it reminds people that they have those vivid moments. By showing your mind as a mirror, you can make a mirror for other people to recognize their own minds and see familiarity and not feel that their minds are unworthy of affection or apprecia- tion. Basically, poetics is appreciation of consciousness, appreciation of our own consciousness. ♦