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Lions Roar : January 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2010 96 january 21 – january 24, 2010 Zen Brain: The Self and Selflessness in Buddhism, Philosophy, and Neuroscience Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Richard J. Davidson, PhD, Alfred W. Kaszniak, PhD, Evan Thompson, PhD, John D. Dunne, PhD july 28 – august 1, 2010 Zen Practice and the Emerging Science of Alleviating Suffering Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Alfred W. Kaszniak, PhD, James Austin, MD, Amishi Jha, PhD, Shauna Shapiro, PhD, Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN santa fe, nm 505-986-8518 www.upaya.org email@example.com visit our website for 2009-2010 programs upaya zen center zen brain SCHOLARSHIP . . . MEDITATION . . . SERVICE MAITRIPA COLLEGE Maitripa College | 1119 SE Market Street | Portland, Oregon 97214 | 503.235.2477 Maitripa College | 1119 FOR COMPLETE DETAILS & TO REGISTER ONLINE: www.maitripa.org ARRANGE A TOUR OR FOR OTHER QUESTIONS, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org NOW OFFERING THE FOLLOWING GRADUATE DEGREE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF YANGSI RINPOCHE & WESTERN FACULTY > Master of Arts (MA) in Buddhist Studies > Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Buddhist Theology > Certificate in Buddhist Psychology > Certificate in Contemplative Leadership & Conflict Management > Certificate in Advanced Buddhist Studies (Online &/or On-Campus) + NEW DISTANCE LEARNING (ONLINE) COURSES EVERY SEMESTER > REGISTER NOW FOR ALL SPRING 2010 COURSES > REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING DISTANCE LEARNING (ONLINE) COURSES > APPLY NOW FOR FALL 2010 ADMISSION TO ONE OF OUR DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS state of experience that doesn’t even belong to now. It doesn’t belong to what might be, either. It belongs to a noncategory—which provides another sense of category. Thus it is called the fourth moment. That is the state of vipashyana or the state of non-ego. The Tibetan term for this means “the knowledge of egoless insight.” It is a very real experience in which nothing can be misunderstood. It is such an overwhelming experience. The experience comes at you. You experience it precisely and in great detail. MARch 2006 Mahamudra BY VAJRA RegeNT ÖSel TeNdzIN What is the great Seal, the Mahamudra? Basically, it means that all of phenomena, all that is experienced by the mind, is the symbol of itself. There is no duality what- soever between what you experience and who you are. There is no duality whatsoev- er between mind and its projections. There is no duality whatsoever between phenom- ena and appreciation. In all of reality there is no particular break. It is totally sealed and complete, altogether. There are no sec- ond thoughts. That is the Mahamudra. To the mind of a student, this is a ter- rifying prospect, and at the same time it opens the mind completely. It is terrify- ing in the sense that, on hearing these words, one begins to feel the quality of the mind itself. In other words, mind is seeing mind. If there is a residue of fear or strug- gle or egotism, the mind begins to move or shake. From that a quality of paranoia arises. That paranoia is this very mind, which we call nowness, or things as they are. And according to the Mahamudra, this mind has never been corrupted. however, due to lingering in the fog of ignorance, we accumulate habits. Actually the mind accumulates its own habits; “we” is just a euphemism. Although those habits are nothing in particular, they become forms. They become bodies and places and things. They become attitudes and environments. They become philosophies and religions, nations and races. They become history. They become good and bad. They become