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Lions Roar : September 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN SePteMBer 2009 98 and when we have some sense of guidance, when we have some skill in working with our mind, we are better off than most. Let that thought touch your heart and bring you the resolve to “work out your own lib- eration,” as the Buddha taught. You make your own path. It is your journey to take, and how it goes and what it looks like is up to you. Be patient about getting to the fruition, however, and let the result come in its own time. You cannot see a minute-by-minute change in your heart or mind; it takes a little time. On the other hand, don’t think of success as being too far away. Then you might think, “I’ll never reach it, so forget it.” It is helpful to remember, too, that as much as acute intelligence, insight, or prajna, is critical to our journey, we need to bring our understanding into the world with genuine compassion. It is only through compassion that we can mani- fest in the world what we know and un- derstand in a way that will benefit others. no matter how sharp your intelligence is, don’t forget to filter it through the heart of compassion before you manifest it in the suffering world. don’t push your wis- dom onto others. It doesn’t work. If you really want to help someone, simply let your compassion blaze. If you want to get something across to another person, whether it is the wisdom of enlightenment or how to do a job more efficiently, compassion seems to be the gateway to communication. When your heart is lit with compassion and you are beyond self-interest or self-gratification, your message will get through. Your col- league will listen to you. The world will understand you. Your aspiration to ben- efit others will actually be realized. That’s why compassion is often referred to as “a wish-fulfilling gem”—it can fulfill all your desires. When wisdom and compassion are together, it brings heart to your path and the path to your heart. Therefore, when the road gets rocky and your way uncertain, make your journey personal, not theoretical. Make it genuine, not phil- osophical. Make it ordinary, not religious. Then you can really embark on the path to enlightenment. ♦ Transform your mornings and your home environment with beautiful, natural acoustic sounds Zen Alarm Clocks wake you gracefully and gently with gradually increasing chimes and gongs. Call for a free catalog or visit our website: (800) 779-6383 www.now-zen.com Bamboo Zen Alarm Clock Bamboo Digital Zen Clock dzogchen the natural great perfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYA DAS Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by many to be "the teaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate, essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are held across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS Garrison, NY Winter January 2 – January 10, 2010 Joshua Tree, CA Spring March 20 – March 28, 2010 Garrison, NY Summer July 23 – August 1, 2010 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY • NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617- 628 -1702. LAMA SURYA DAS is the author of Words of Wisdom (Koa Books, 2008) as well as The Big Questions (Rodale, 2007) and Buddha Is As Buddha Does (Harper San Francisco, 2007). He is also the author of a number of other books including Letting Go of the Person You Used To Be and the Awakening Trilogy which includes the classic Awakening the Buddha Within (Broadway). Lama Surya is a Lineage holder of Tibetan Buddhism in the Rimè (non-sectarian) tradition. For over thirty years, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, he has studied with the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. With his open and lively style, he is particularly effective in the transmission of Buddhism in viable Western forms by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight, as well as methods of practice, in a manner accessible to all. DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST