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Lions Roar : September 2018
to the small view. Knitting is filled with opportunities to fail, make mistakes, face disappointment. Dropped stitches, wrong gauges, missed pattern repeats. Knitting is a slow craft, and when mistakes come up they can be slow to fix. Tearing out hundreds of stitches. Starting over. When something wrong comes up, it’s a ripe time to practice nonattachment, letting go of expectations. This is when the vow of practicing with kind intention is most important. Why knit when it’s easier and cheaper to buy what is needed? I knit because it is a joyful and wholesome activity. Mistakes are an opportunity to be reminded that it’s about the activity and not the finished object. This is a kind of vow. In Zen, we vow to save all sentient beings. That is a big vow, an endless vow. In my knitting, I can vow to bring joyful presence to my activity and bring joy to others through the things I make. That is a smaller vow, yet it is still endless, and I like to think it’s good practice for the bigger vow of sav- ing all sentient beings. 5. Allow for a Connection to All Things to Arise It’s hard not to talk about connec- tion to all things when talking about knitting. Knitted fabric is essentially a small representation of Indra’s Net. Each stitch is connected to the next and essential to the creation of the whole. These stitches remind us of the connectedness of all things: the sheep, shepherd, and hillside from which the wool is sourced; the shearer, miller, and dyer who transform the wool to yarn; the local yarn shop and knit design- ers who make the yarn available and inspire its potential—all are present in a single skein. And with our hands, we take the next step to create an object to use or give. In this way, in a small and connected economy, knitting is a radical act. Knitting is a way to connect with the world and our communities— and ourselves. ♦ LEARN MORE AT JEWELHEART.ORG DIGITAL DHARMA Explore Jewel Heart Digital Dharma with On-Demand access to a vast collection of Tibetan Buddhist teachings by Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche and others Visit jewelheart.org/digital-dharma Demo Rinpoche Thupten Jinpa Geshe Lobsang Negi Cyndi Lee Glenn Mullin Ven Thubten Chodron Joseph Loizzo Robert Thurman THE SIX PERFECTIONS Cultivating Enlightened Action Beginning September 20, 2018 Guest Speakers and Jewel Heart Instructors JEWEL HEART PROGRAMS LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2018 17 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE