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Lions Roar : January 2010
67 SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2010 Returning Home by THicH NHaT HaNH Did you know you had a true home? This question touches everybody. Even if you have the feeling that you don’t belong to any land, to any country, to any geographical spot, to any cul- tural heritage, or to any particular ethnic group, you have a true home. When you were in your mother’s body, you felt at home. Perhaps you long for a return to the place of peace and safety. but now, inside of your own body, you can come home. your true home is in the here and the now; it is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. your true home is not an ab- stract idea. it is something you can touch and live in every mo- ment. With mindfulness and concentration, the energies of the buddha, you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment. No one can take it away from you. Other people can occupy your country, they can even put you in prison, but they cannot take away your true home and your freedom. When we stop speaking and thinking and enjoy deeply our in- and out-breath, we are enjoying being in our true home and we can touch deeply the wonders of life. This is the path shown to us by the buddha. When you breathe in, you bring all yourself together, body and mind; you become one. and equipped with that energy of mindfulness and concentration, you may take a step. you have the insight that this is your true home—you are alive, you are fully present, you are touching life as a reality. your true home is a solid reality that you can touch with your feet, with your hands, and with your mind. MaRcH 2006 For 30 Years the Best of Buddhism in America Meditation If any one thing defines the Shambhala Sun it is the practice of meditation. It’s a way to tame our wild minds, reduce suffering, and bring wisdom and compassion into our lives. We conclude our 30th anniversary celebration with a selection of great meditation teachings from the pages of the Sun. sculPTuREbyMicHaElNEWHall