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Lions Roar : September 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2008 31 and attempt to keep things in control; we ignore the truth. In short, we can’t relax and let things be. In the act of abandoning the truth through rejection, we individuate ourselves from everything around us. In doing so, we don’t allow ourselves a big- ger, expanded experience that includes our world and the other beings in it. Ironically, we shrink from a pain that doesn’t actually exist. We speak about the truth of suffering only in that we experience it. But what is suffering really, when we stop trying to push it away? This kind of ques- tioning needs to be the theme of our lives. We need to take delight in working with our fears. We need to study them and ask ourselves, “What am I so afraid of? Why do I need to protect myself?” We may be afraid to shed our burden because we don’t know what will happen. Suffering seems to define our lives. Can we imagine a life without it? The purpose of all practices on the Buddhist path is to decentralize this no- tion of a solid, independent “self.” This does not mean that we stop functioning as an individual, that we forget our name and wander about aimlessly like a zombie. It means we stop relating to everything in a way that aims only at preserving or cherishing ourselves. When we begin to question the autonomy of “me,” the con- stricted self begins to disperse, which is another way of saying that our ignorance begins to dissolve and we move toward wisdom. Putting others in the center is a powerful method for decentralizing the self. When the self expands to include others, exclusivity is overwhelmed by compassion in the same way that darkness disperses in sunlight. The practice of putting others in the center is not simply a crusade to do “good.” It is a practice based on the understand- ing that our own happiness is inextricably linked with the happiness of others. We understand that the longing we all have for happiness and freedom from suffer- ing can be a curse or a blessing depending solely on our focus. ♦ From Light Comes Through, by Dzigar Kong- trul. © 2008 by Dzigar Kongtrul. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc. SEPT 18-39.indd 31 SEPT 18-39.indd 31 7/3/08 1:30:15 PM 7/3/08 1:30:15 PM