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Lions Roar : September 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2007 85 science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the sur- geon’s knife or the chemist’s drug...and I will not be ashamed to say, “I know not.” Reviewing Groopman’s litany of cog- nitive errors that physicians are prone to, we may feel that the fulfillment of this vow is as impossible and overwhelming as the bodhisattva vow (it entered the world around the same time), which pledges one to liberate the innumerable sentient beings and to penetrate the immeasurable dharma gates. So what is available to the modern physician that may help meet these ideals, however difficult to attain, with integrity, honesty, and self-compassion? Groopman points us in the direction of self-awareness. While the operative scientific paradigm of modern medicine is the third-person objective perspective, the Buddha of- fers a more compassionate and gracious way—first-person knowing through self- discovery—that seemingly is required for medicine actually to work and for medical practitioners to fulfill their oath. Within the four establishments of mindfulness, the busy physician may find a practical place to begin. Through the cultivation of these mindfulnesses, the busy physician can find clues to the self and to the other, as well as to the aspects of inter-being that not only set the inten- tion of the medical encounter but also provide boundless information and the basis for right action. The awareness of the body brings the clinician into close contact with the sen- sate world where perception begins. Prac- tically speaking, noticing the contact of the hand on the exam-room door as one turns it to enter brings the physician into the real world of him or herself and of the patient. Likewise, attention to the tones of feeling that arise during the medical inter- view and exam, with appreciation of their tendency to move one’s attention toward or away from the object of consideration, as well as awareness of the boredom that may surface, provide vital information about how one is responding to the data taken in through the senses. Clinicians’ understanding of themselves Soon many of the elegant and mind-stopping works of art you’ve enjoyed on the cover and pages of the Shambhala Sun will be available as high- quality, moderately priced archival prints. You’ll be able to brighten and uplift your home, office, or meditation room with inspiring dharma art from a magazine renowned for the beauty of its art and design. FEATURING The Seated Guanyin Bodhisattva from the Nelson-Atkins Museum as it appeared on the cover of our May 2006 issue, one our most popular cover s of all time. An inspiration to practice compassion, this thousand- year-old piece is one of the most magnificent sculptures of the Liao Dynasty period. Our collection also includes prints of photographs, drawings, paintings, and calligraphies from a variety of teachers, ar tists, and traditions... Watch for the gallery launch in the next issue of Shambhala Sun. All sales benefit the Shambhala Sun Foundation, publisher of Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. Buddha images and sacred ar t from ancient and modern- day ar tists Calligraphies by Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam Tr ungpa, Kaz Tanahashi, Hassan Massoudy, and other s Paintings and illustrations by Barr y Blitt,Tatjana Krizmanic, Bill Gilkerson, Peter DiGesu, and other s COMING THIS FALL The Art of the Shambhala Sun From the pages of our magazine into your home SeatedKuanYinBodhisattvafromtheNelson-AtkinsMuseumofArt,KansasCity,Mo.PhotographbyJamisonMiller.Chinese,11th/12thcentury;woodwithpaint.Purchase:NelsonTrust,34-10. SEPT 72-99.indd 85 SEPT 72-99.indd 85 6/25/07 5:30:37 PM 6/25/07 5:30:37 PM