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Lions Roar : March 2017
TONGLEN PRACTICE, also known as “taking and sending,” reverses our usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure. In tonglen practice, we visualize taking in the pain of others with every in-breath and sending out whatever will benefit them on the out-breath. In the process, we become liberated from age- old patterns of selfishness. We begin to feel love for both ourselves and others; we begin to take care of ourselves and others. PEMA CHÖDRÖN is a fully ordained nun and the author of such bestselling books as The Wisdom of No Escape and Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change. Tonglen awakens our compassion and introduces us to a far bigger view of reality. It introduces us to the unlim- ited spaciousness of shunyata (empti- ness). By doing the practice, we begin to connect with the open dimension of our being. Tonglen can be done for those who are ill, those who are dying or have died, or those who are in pain of any kind. It can be done as a formal meditation practice or right on the spot at any time. If we are out walking and we see someone in pain, we can breathe in that person’s pain and send out relief to them. Usually, we look away when we see someone suffering. Their pain brings up our fear or anger; it brings up our resistance and confusion. So we can also do tonglen for all the people just like ourselves—all those who wish to be compassionate but instead are afraid, who wish to be brave but instead are cowardly. Rather than beating ourselves up, we can use our personal stuckness as a stepping stone to understanding what people are up against all over the world. Breathe in for all of us and breathe out for all of us. Use what seems like poison as medicine. We can use our personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings. ILLUSTRATIONSBYCAROLEHÉNAFF HOW TO PRACTICE Tonglen PEMA CHÖDRÖN teaches us “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion. With each in-breath, we take in others’ pain. With each out-breath, we send them relief. LION’S ROAR | MARCH 2017 29 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE