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Lions Roar : May 2008
68 SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2008 ONLY WHEN WE HAVE a genuine, abiding desire to free ourselves from suffering and all its causes does our spiritual journey begin. That original desire is very potent and very real. It is the basis upon which we enter the path that will lead us to our goal. Yet from the point of view of the Vajrayana, or tantric, school of Buddhism, there is no place to go on that path, no end of the road where we will one day satisfy our thirst for liberty. Why? Because the very thing that we are looking for—freedom, wakefulness, enlightenment—is right here with us all the time. There is a story in the tantric meditative tradition of Mahamudra about a farmer who owns a buffalo. Not real- izing that the buffalo is in its stable, the farmer goes off in search of it, thinking the animal has strayed from home. Starting on his search, he sees many different buffalo foot- prints outside his yard. Buffalo footprints are everywhere! The farmer then thinks, “Which way did my buffalo go?” He decides to follow one set of tracks and they lead him up into the high Himalayas, but he doesn’t find his buffalo there. Then he follows another set of footprints that lead THE DZOGCHEN PONLOP RINPOCHE is a meditation master and scholar in the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the president of Nalandabodhi, a network of meditation centers, and founder of the Nitartha Institute, a course of Buddhist study for Western students. His most recent book is Mind Beyond Death. Vajrayana T HE DZOGCHEN PONLOP RINPOCHE We can see awakening in the world around us, but we can also turn inward and look directly at our mind. In Vajrayana Buddhism, we discover that this very mind is the mind of the Buddha, and what we’ve been searching for has been right in front of us all the time. This Very Mind, Empty and Luminous PHOTOBYJAMESPROUTY MAY 68-73.indd 68 MAY 68-73.indd 68 3/6/08 11:32:42 AM 3/6/08 11:32:42 AM