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Lions Roar : May 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2009 71 that feeling pema Chödrön talks about in tonglen meditation, you have a sense of openness, as if the wind could blow through it. And that’s the way I’m used to my heart feeling. The feeling of the heart being so open that the wind blows through it. I think that is the way it’s supposed to feel when you’re in bal- ance. And when you get out of balance, you feel like there’s no wind, there’s no breeze, there’s just this rock and it has a big thing sticking through it. I don’t know how you get from one feeling to the other, except through meditation, often, but also activism, just seeing what needs to be done in the world, or in our families, and just start doing it. Sharon Salzberg: I think open heart comes from a sense of community, and it can come from a meditation practice, or both, ideally. Because when there’s a central connection with others, that’s also the source of joy. Realizing that what’s hap- pening to others is not different from me, not other than me. That connection itself is the joy, that open suitcase heart. JANuARY, 1997 Jerry Brown Do you think it’s possible, or even desirable, to govern from a spiri- tual point of view? Spirituality has to entail awakeness—an awareness and respect for other people. A politics based on that would have to exhibit compassion and concern whenever there’s suffering that could be avoided. So from either a Christian or a Buddhist perspec- tive, there is a basis for justice, mercy, compassion. The difficul- ty in cases like Sri Lanka or Bosnia is that religion hasn’t always been the peacemaker it theoretically should be. Nevertheless, I believe that the practice of zazen meditation, or the practice of remembering, of being more aware of good works—all these should call politics to a higher vocation. As a matter of fact, Thich Nhat hanh visited Oakland last year and we had a “Day of Mindfulness.” It’s worth looking at. SepTeMBeR, 2000 ♦ phOTOSBY(left)LIZAMATTheWS,(right)ANDReAROTh Study with Outstanding Leaders Angles Arrien Ram Dass Norman Fischer CharlesGarfield FrankOstaseski Rachel Naomi Remen Ange Stephens Frances Va ughan END-OF-LIFE PRACTITIONERPROGRAM Unique 9-month course offeringprofes- sionaldevelopment,spiritual practice andinnovative approaches. Sixresidential sessions. Next course starts January 2010 . SanFrancisco BayArea. CULTIVATINGPRESENCE TRAINING Annual 6-day retreaton compassionate care of the dying. July 31–August 5, 2009. WORKSHOPS&RETREATS Te achings on grief, dying, compassionate care and mindfulness practice. Information andapplication: www.mettainstitute.org 415 331-9600