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Lions Roar : March 2016
PHOTOBYPAULMACGOWAN much realization to talk about, but they want to talk all the time! We Are All Buddha Now that I have returned from my retreat, I would like to share what I have received—the lineage, the medi- tation practice, and my own experi- ence. I want to help others get a taste of this great wisdom—this great, ancient wisdom. This experience will change the way I teach dharma. Now I want to teach in a more experiential style; not just meditation and practice, but also behavior and conduct. View, meditation, and conduct—these three together are very important. Maybe in the past I put more emphasis on view and meditation. Now I want to emphasize day-to-day life experi- ence, how meditation can transform our day-to-day life activity. Not just intellectual understanding, but direct heart experience. Intellect, heart, and behavior—all three together. Self-development is very important. Nowadays, everybody wants to change the world. But I think the best thing to do is to change yourself. We are all part of this world, and we influence each other every day. If you can change your- self in a positive direction, then you can influence three or four other people. Then they can positively influence another three or four people, and so on. Everyone today talks about happi- ness. But I feel that happiness is really found in appreciation and rejoicing. Everything is a display of clarity, love, and wisdom. Everything is wonderful, even small things. This is related to the main view of Vajrayana Buddhism: that we all are buddha. This enlightened nature is not just within you. It’s everywhere. You can see it and appreciate it. That’s the main cause of happi- ness—gratitude and appreciation. I feel this wandering retreat has been the best time in my life. I had been meditating for many years, and of course I’m a med- itation teacher, but I still had subtle pride, subtle ego. Previously there were so many things happening in my life that I couldn’t see that. But when I went onto the streets, I could see them very clearly, because I didn’t have any other things to do. There was just me and my mind. That was really helpful for nature of mind meditation. I’m so happy that I did this. I have wanted to do it since childhood. Through this experience and my practice, I feel I am free like a bird soaring high in the sky. I am free and can fly everywhere. (That doesn’t mean that I can fly, okay? Don’t think that I can fly!) ♦ Back in his monastery in Nepal, with the shaved head of a Buddhist monk: “I’m so happy I did this retreat. It has been the best time in my life.” LION’S ROAR | MARCH 2016 59