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Lions Roar : January 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2009 82 be its sole object of knowledge. Concen- trate until the mind becomes increasingly subtle, until feelings are insignificant and there is great clarity and wakefulness. If the breath is coarse, we know that it’s coarse; if it’s subtle, we know that it’s subtle. As it becomes increasingly fine, we keep following it, while simultaneously awaken- ing the mind. Eventually the breath disap- pears altogether and all that remains is the feeling of wakefulness. This is called meet- ing the Buddha. We have that clear wake- ful awareness that is called Buddho, the one who knows, the one who is awake, the radi- ant one. It is meeting and dwelling with the Buddha, with knowledge and clarity. For it was only the historical flesh-and-blood Buddha that entered Parinibbana. The true Buddha—the Buddha that is clear, radiant, knowing—we can still experience and attain today, and when we do, the heart is one. So let go, put everything down—every- thing except knowing. Don’t be fooled if visions or sounds arise in your mind dur- ing meditations. Put them all down. Don’t take hold of anything at all. Just stay with this non-dual awareness. Don’t worry about the past or the future. Just be still and you will reach the place where there is no advancing, no retreating and no stop- ping, where there is nothing to grasp at or to cling to. Why? Because there’s no self, no “me” or “mine.” It’s all gone. The Buddha taught us to be emptied of everything in this way, not to carry anything with us. To know, and having known, let go. Realizing the Dhamma, the path to freedom from the Round of Birth and Death, is a task that we all have to do alone. So keep trying to let go and to un- derstand the teachings. Really put effort into your contemplation. Don’t worry about your family. At the moment they are as they are; in the future they will be like you. There’s no one in the world who can escape this fate. The Buddha told us to put down everything that lacks a real abiding substance. If you put everything down, you will see the truth. If you don’t, you won’t. That’s the way it is and it’s the same for everyone in the world. So don’t worry and don’t grasp at anything. the tibetan mountain seat good medicine Developed by monastics at Zen Mountain Monastery in conjunction with physicians and physiotherapists, The Tibetan Mountain Seat’s unique design combines a firm, stabilizing foam base with a viscoelastic top layer that molds to the shape of your body, allowing for even distribution of weight and correct spinal alignment. Comes with or without the endless knot design in blue, red, or black. The best sitting cushion you will ever use. The Monastery Store 845-688-7993 www.dharma.net/monstore dharma communications *US Patent Pending