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Lions Roar : July 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2008 45 free the heart from entanglement in unhealthy states do I offer these teachings.” Awakening this inner freedom of spirit is the pur- pose of the hundreds of Buddhist practices and train- ings. Each of these practices helps us to recognize and let go of unhealthy patterns that create suffering and develop healthy patterns in their place. What is im- portant about the Buddhist psychological approach is the emphasis on training and practice, as well as un- derstanding. Instead of going into therapy to discuss your problems and be listened to once a week, there is a regimen of daily and ongoing trainings and disci- plines to help you learn and practice healthy ways of being. These practices return us to our innate wisdom and compassion, and they direct us toward freedom. SACRED PERCEPTION The saints are what they are, not because their sanctity makes them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire every- body else. —THOMAS MERTON Each time we meet other human beings and hon- or their dignity, we help those around us. Their hearts resonate with ours in exactly the same way the strings of an unplucked violin vibrate with the sounds of a violin played nearby. Western psychol- ogy has documented this phenomenon of “mood contagion” or limbic resonance. If a person filled with panic or hatred walks into a room, we feel it immediately, and unless we are very mindful, that person’s negative state will begin to overtake our own. When a joyfully expressive person walks into a room, we can feel that state as well. And when we see the goodness of those before us, the dignity in them resonates with our admiration and respect. This resonance can begin very simply. In India, when people greet one another they put their palms together and bow, saying namaste, “I honor the divine within you.” It is a way of acknowledging your buddha- nature, who you really are. Some believe that the West- ern handshake evolved to demonstrate friendliness and safety, to show that we are not holding any weapon. But DAMONBILLIAN ➢ page 105 JULY 40-45.indd 45 JULY 40-45.indd 45 4/25/08 11:39:31 AM 4/25/08 11:39:31 AM