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Lions Roar : March 2016
W E COULD REGARD ENLIGHTENMENT as the complete experience of fearlessness. The samsaric kleshas, or conflicting emo- tions—passion, aggression, and ignorance—are what prevent us from being fully awake. They are the product of the fearfulness of ego, which constantly tries to main- tain itself and to run away from any threats that might reveal its non- existence. The Lion’s Roar is the proclamation of non-existence that cuts through these conflicting emotions and allows us to experience the indestructible quality of wakefulness. When the Buddha spoke of the four noble truths—the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the ces- sation of suffering, and the truth of the noble eightfold path—he pointed out the true state of samsara, which is dukkha, or suffer- ing, and revealed the path that must be followed to transcend ego- clinging, the cause of suffering. It is said that people who heard this trembled. This teaching of the four noble truths and the dharmic journey of discipline and passionlessness are the Lion’s Roar on the path of indi- vidual liberation. Here, the Lion’s Roar provokes fear in those who wish to remain complacent and provokes courageous action in those willing to enter the path of meditation. In the Mahayana, the bodhisattva path of wisdom and compas- sion, the Lion’s Roar is the Buddha’s proclamation of emptiness, the principle that all experience is by nature empty of concepts and of any fixed thing. Here, the path becomes a great, wide highway where one is working with both recognizing the emptiness of phenomena as well as generating compassion for sentient beings. In proclaiming the culmination of Mahayana, the Buddha taught that the state of enlightenment is brilliant, indestructible, and free from twofold ego—the ego of self and the ego of phenomena, or other. This Lion’s Roar is said to have given heart attacks to some of Living the Lion’s Roar How to Practice Fearlessness At every stage of our path, says CHÖGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE, the fearless proclamation of the truth cuts through ego. Are we ready to hear it? LION’S ROAR | MARCH 2016 46