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Lions Roar : November 2015
HAT DO WE REALLY know about ourselves? Sometimes it feels as if all day long we are switching between various masks. It’s as though we are always trying to be someone. We do a lot of pretending. We might put on the mask of the hard worker, or the slacker. We might switch to our sociable mask, or the “I am an interesting person” one. Perhaps we then go to the “I look intelligent” one, or the “I am pretending to be interested” one. There are so many choices. We are expected—or expect ourselves—to be a certain way and that is the mask we put on. We need to look the part. Our participation in this game of appearances can become so second nature to us that we hardly notice it. But occasion- JUDY LIEF is a leading American Buddhist teacher and the author of Making Friends with Death. She is the editor of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, a three-volume series presenting the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Seminary teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. ally we ask ourselves, which of these is the real me? Apart from all these appearances, who am I really? Do I actually know? We might wonder, do I really want to know? We are afraid of what we might find out. According to my teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, mak- ing friends with ourselves is at the very core of meditation prac- tice, from beginning to end and all the way through. It is both the basis and the goal of the path. But aren’t we already too full of ourselves, you might ask? Don’t we need to cut down our self-focus instead of building it up? Aren’t we already friends with ourselves? After all, thoughts about I, me, and mine are pretty much all that occupies our minds. The path of friendship Trungpa Rinpoche referred to is very different from this. It is a journey to truly knowing our- selves, rather than building ourselves up. Many of us suffer from a kind of low-grade fever of self-doubt. We feel that apart from all those roles we play, we are of little value. We feel that deep down we are unworthy, so we engage in a constant game of trying to convince ourselves otherwise. We SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2015 47