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Lions Roar : November 2019
a form of retreat; you are stepping out of your nor- mal activities to be alone with your mind, body, and breath. But a longer retreat—a week, a week- end, or just a full day— offers you the opportunity to spend some real quality time with your mind. It won’t always be fun. With- out your usual entertain- ments and activities to distract you, you will be left alone with your mind, including both its wisdom and calm and its speed and confusion. You may be a bit shocked at first by what you see, but if you adopt a friendly and kind attitude toward yourself—and maybe a bit of humor—you will gradually settle down and enjoy the meditative experience of being grounded, open, and awake. Many Buddhist and other spiritual centers offer retreats and opportu- nities for longer practice to nonmembers. Or you can just set aside a day or weekend at home, turn off the phone and the Internet, and spend some qual- ity time alone. There’s no better way to make friends with your mind. Do Buddhists believe in heaven and hell? Yes, but not in the same way other religions do. According to Buddhism, mind has the ability to create any conceiv- able self, environment, and experience. So the Buddhist cosmos contains numberless, perhaps infinite, beings of dif- ferent bodies, sense faculties, and realms. Their experiences range from extreme pleasure to extreme pain, and everything in-between. We can also see these realms as psychological rather than “real.” All of us have experienced the hell of extreme anger and the heaven of great joy. Buddhists traditionally identify six realms in samsara, the wheel of cyclic existence drive by our belief in a fixed self. One of these—the human realm—you and I are experiencing right now. These realms seem very real to the beings who “inhabit” them. But then, so did the dream you had last night. ♦ WHO WHAT WHERE Tell us what you’d like to know about Buddhism and meditation at firstname.lastname@example.org ALEXANDRA DAVID-NÉEL ADVENTURER, AUTHOR, and Buddhist scholar Alexandra David-Néel was an early populizer of Tibetan Buddhism and the first European woman to reach the forbidden city of Lhasa. Born in 1868 outside Paris, David-Néel was never constrained by social norms. She ran away to explore Europe, toured as an opera singer, and studied at Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society in London, where she discovered Buddhism. During a 1912 trip to India, she befriended the Buddhist ruler of Sikkim and met the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. David-Néel married at age thirty-six, but left for India and didn’t see her spouse again for fourteen years. There she studied the Tibetan language and tantric practices such as tummo (inner heat) and met a fifteen-year-old lama named Aphur Yongden, whom she would later adopt. In 1916, David-Néel and Yongden were caught trying to illegally cross the border into Tibet, but eventually made it to Kumbum monastery in Eastern Tibet, where they translated the Heart Sutra into French. In 1924, at age fifty-five, David-Néel disguised herself as a beggar and she and Yongden crossed the Himala- yas in the dead of winter to enter the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. They spent two months there undetected before returning to France, where their adventures made international headlines. David-Néel wrote more than thirty books on Eastern religions, including The Secret Oral Tradition in Tibetan Buddhist Sects. Alexandra David-Néel died in 1969, just shy of her 101st birthday. CHRONICLE/ALAMYSTOCKPHOTO LION’S ROAR | NOVEMBER 2019 31 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE