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Lions Roar : March 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN MArcH 2009 97 Wake up! Mind not Mine Consulting A Psychology of Metanoesis Trent Leighton, MA, PhD www.mindnotmine.com firstname.lastname@example.org 917.774.3890 into the living dream ... and take the non-dualplunge thoughts and beneficial expressions. From the darkness of ignorant sleep and ego-cherishing nightmares, our heart awakens with thoughts of loving images, kind words, and joyful feelings. This wish is not small or limited. It is immense. The heart of loving-kindness extends the boundless wish of joy to all—to the whole universe. We wish for immeasurable beings to have limitless joy as the ground of being; immeasurable accumulations of merits and wisdom as the path; and immeasurable enlightened qualities as the result. We can see tremendous power of loving- kindness in the example of a great medita- tion master who spent twenty-two years in a hard labor camp as a political prisoner. After his release, when he was in his seven- ties, he said, “Physically, I suffered through the years of hard work, but mentally, I don’t remember that I ever felt sad. I dealt with the situation with two meditations. First, I accepted my misfortunes as the result of my own karma—the consequences of my past misdeeds—and then I rejoiced, since the karma was now being cleansed. “Secondly, I meditated on compassion and loving-kindness for those who were re- sponsible for putting us in prison and forc- ing us to work very hard. Since they were responsible for the sufferings of so many, I knew that they, in their future, would suf- fer severely as a result of what they were doing. The thought of their future suffer- ing enabled me to generate compassion.” This kind of attitude on the part of a victimized prisoner might seem incred- ible, but I know he was simply telling the truth, and I trust in the wisdom that he was sharing. He emerged from the prison much older, but also much wiser, and is now serv- ing many people in the East and West. Some might be skeptical about this kind of attitude, thinking, “Viewing your misfortune as something that was caused by yourself will not help to heal you. It will only further weaken your self-confidence.” However, according to Buddhism whatever is happening to us now is the result of our own past deeds. Accepting that is the first important prac- tical step, because such acceptance forces us to take responsibility for correcting past mistakes and preventing them from being repeated. When we blame our misfortunes on others, we might feel some temporary re- lief, but in reality, blaming others will end up causing more injury to us. We are set- ting a negative cycle in motion again and sowing the seeds of more harmful karmic consequences for ourselves. Seeing our problems for what they are, accepting them, not committing them again, and purifying them is the healthiest approach. This leads to very deep healing. Some people might wonder whether an attitude of universal loving-kindness toward all will make us too vulnerable in a harsh and difficult world. They might think, “Having loving-kindness toward the perpetrators of harmful deeds is unwise and counterproductive.” But Buddhism teaches us that we mustn’t let negative encounters defeat us by making us lose the precious peace and love for others in our heart. It is permissable to use harsh words or even tough actions in order to save people from injuring themselves or hurting others, and to protect ourselves, but we must never do it out of hatred or anger. It may not be easy to maintain and generate loving-kindness in the face of ag- gression, but it is the most worthwhile ap- proach, the one that creates the least harm and heals the damages from past ills. If we observe closely, we will see the incredible wisdom that lies at the heart of the atti- tude of loving-kindness. According to Lhaje Gampopa, the great twelfth-century meditation master and physician who was the foremost student of the famous yogi Milarepa, when you truly wish for every sentient being to have joy, you have developed real loving-kindness. When tears are falling down and hairs are standing on end with the feeling of lov- ing-kindness, you have developed great loving-kindness. When you are experienc- ing the same degree of loving-kindness for all infinite beings, you have developed immeasurable loving-kindness. ♦ Loving-Kindness continued from page 52