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Lions Roar : July 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN jULy 2009 21 to goodness, virtue, and the dharma. Because as practitioners we are doing something that is good and wholesome, we too have difficulties. It’s important for us not to give up.We should not be foolishly seduced into fantasy, thinking that somehow some- thing miraculous is going to happen. When it comes right down to it, the practice path is manual labor of the mind, and it’s hard work. But that doesn’t mean that there is no magic. When we pay attention to the details of our life, we do find magic. This particular magic is all-pervasive; it is something that is part of us all the time. Seeing it, we appreci- ate the honesty of this spiritual tradition that says we have to work to uncover it. With gentleness and mindfulness, we can appreciate what we have. We are enor- mously capable and free, and if we begin to develop appreciation, our mind doesn’t dwell on what we do not have or on what we have lost. If we begin to dwell on all those things, we just worry more. Some- times we feel that worrying might help, but worrying can only produce more wor- rying, and we are already tight at a time like this. Tightness of mind limits our abil- ity. We need generosity in our mind, which is limitless. Generosity is the seed that al- lows us to receive help in the future. The Shambhala teachings of warrior- ship tell us that a good society is not based on a quick fix. Good fortune—whether spiritual or worldly—has to be earned. We may not always want to acknowledge it, but it is clear that to bring about any accomplishment there needs to be virtue, whether it’s on a global, national, or an in- dividual level. For example, people sense something strong in President and Mrs. Obama, and it is not complicated: virtue is like a daytime star that everyone can see. No matter how strong our leaders are, we all need to practice responsibility and discipline ourselves. We must look at our own habits and begin to alter them. We can’t hire out our practice and have some- body else do the work, but we can do the manual labor with delight and decency. True relief lies in finding what lies under the chaos and negativity—our inherent awakened nature. The notion of fearless- ness is finding it now. ♦ NOW AVAILABLE, Three new Thich Nhat Hanh calligraphies including “Peace in oneself peace in the world.” All pieces in the gallery are archival quality giclée prints of dharma art. At the Shambhala Sun Online Gallery, you’ll find artwork by renowned artists such as Kaz Tanahashi, Barry Blitt, and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. NOW AVAILABLE, Three new Thich Nhat Hanh calligraphies including “Peace in oneself peace in the world.” All pieces in the gallery are archival quality giclée prints of dharma art. At the Shambhala Sun Online Gallery, you’ll find artwork by renowned artists such as Kaz Tanahashi, Barry Blitt, and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Bring Home the Dharma with art ƒrom the pages of the Shambhala Sun Expand your view with art that expresses the dharma. Available now from the Shambhala Sun Online Gallery www.shambhalasun.com VISIT THE SHAMBHALA SUN ONLINE GALLERY www.shambhalasun.com PROCEEDS ENABLE US TO PRINT ON ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE PAPER SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner ’s Quarterly.