PRAJNA: Sharp, Illuminating, and Rationale for the Compassionate Inquisitiveness Establishment of a Network of Contemplative Observatories by KARL BRUNNHOLZL by B. ALAN WALLACE

This excerpt is taken from SINCE IHH I URN OF THE CENTURY, Karl Brunnholzl's The Heart a rapidly growing number of sci- Attack , a practical and entific studies have revealed the clear explanation of The health benefits of various kinds , perhaps the of -based . most well-known of the core Brain scans, EEG measurements, . behavioral studies, and question- naires have shown the influence of meditation on the brain and As .the basic inquisitiveness behavior, which in the minds of and curiosity of our mind, prajna many people lends some degree is both precise and playful at the ,«****■ of credibility to the practice of same time. Iconographically it is meditation. In the overwhelm- often depicted as a double-blad- ing majority of such studies, ed, flaming sword which is ex- those who conduct and report B. Alan Wallace with Mathieu Ricard tremely sharp. Such a sword ob- (Courtesy of Mind & Life Institute, viously needs to be handled with ...a worldwide network photo by Raphaele Demandre) great care, and mav even seem of contemplative ob- somewhat threatening. servatories linked by tion, and all discoveries pertain- Prajna is indeed threatening to way of the internet, and our ego and to our cherished be- ing to meditation are claimed by ; collaborating with each lief systems since it undermines our very solid-looking objective selves. Prajna means being found- the scientists, who in many cases our verv notion of reality and reality, but it also cuts through out bv ourselves, which first of all other, modeled after the have little or no meditative expe- the reference points upon which the subjective experiencer of such requires taking an honest look at Human Genome Project. rience. Consequently, whatever we build our world. Prajna ques- a reality. In this way, it is also that the games we play. discoveries about the nature of tions who we are and what we which makes us see through our Therefore, prajfiabecomeseven on the research are professionally the mind may have been made perceive. own ego trips and self-inflation. more important as we progress trained scientists, intent on apply- by the meditators themselves are Since this sword cuts both It takes some effort to continu- along the path because our ego ing objective measures to under- generally overlooked in scientific ways, it not only serves to slice up ously fool ourselves about our- trips just become more sophis- standing the nature and effects papers, presumably because they ticated. First, when we are not of meditation. In contrast, the are not deemed "objective" and spiritual, our ego just thinks, "I'm meditators are treated as subjects are therefore not "scientific." pretty good." But then, when we in these studies, similar to human This bias for objective, third- become spiritual, our ego thinks, and non-human subjects in other person evidence over subjective, "Now I'm also spiritual! Now I'm psychological and neuroscientific first-person experience is prob- on the path! Now I'm a Buddhist! kinds of research. So their identi- lematic when it comes to under- Now I can realize emptiness and ties are almost invariably ignored standing the nature of mental in scientific reports on medita- (Continued on page 23)

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Not all tulkus bodhisattvas who have achieved realization through meditation have attained the high grounds remain untouched by the ordinary circumstances developed by of bodhisattvas, and the memory the five bardos; they remain continually in the space of medita- of their last lives is erased little by tion that transcends all others. little as they grow up. It is there- For this reason, bodhisattvas on the tenth ground, such as the fore essential to recognize such , are not sullied by the so-called veil of the womb that tulkus while their memories are appears during the bardo of birth (or ). For ordinary be- still intact because then they can ings and bodhisattvas on lower grounds, entry into the mother's womb creates a shock that "erases" the memories of previous When tenth-ground lives. However, once the bardo of meditation completely per- bodhisattvas enter the vades the,five others, the state of nonmeditation (Tib. gom me) womb, they do not suf- is attained, and there is nothing more than one lone, vast, lucid, fer any alteration of con- peaceful, and extraordinary experience of continued bliss. sciousness and can thus There is no more movement, no more back and forth from one life to another, no more loss or gain of anything. Thus there is effortlessly remember no place from which to depart and nowhere to go. It is for this ; most of their previous the greater the risk of loss. That is for other tulkus alive today. Some reason that we say the great bodhisattvas do not really leave, but * studies. why elaborate systems of recog- tulkus are capable of mastering from apparent death to apparent birth these bodhisattvas are said nition rapidly developed in . the path and developing the ex- merely to be "absent." this succession of is also compared to a mala, a rosary, where the seeds are the different often give very precise indica- It was unthinkable to "lose" the periences of realization all alone. rinpoches, who are so "precious" This spontaneous way of practic- bodies supported by the same element, the string, which is like tions of their previous lives and the mind. At the level of great bodhisattvas, time and space are are still capable of recalling their for beings.... ing is not incompatible with the When tenth-ground bodhisat- traditional path, as it is held that no longer understood in the same way as ordinary beings under- previous studies. stand them. For them, a simple review of tvas enter the womb, they do not the dharma of realization is more the path and its practices is suf- suffer any alteration of conscious- important than the dharma of —Adapted from History of the Karmapas * ficient. The longer the time be- ness and can thus effortlessly re- study. Great bodhisattvas always tween rebirth and rediscovery, member most of their previous teach through their realization. A studies. They take up formal realized master does not teach in teaching, transmitted "from the a limited way as does a teacher HISTORY OF THE KARMAPAS: The Odyssey of the Tibetan Top photo: The 16th -pa in the mouth of the master to the ear who has perfected only the dhar- Masters with the 1940s or 1950s. 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2 SNOW LION: THE BUDDHIST MAGAZINE SPRING'12 How did you come to write AN INTERVIEW WITH The , perched at History of the Karmapas? 4,300 meters, was an awesome Lama Pemo: Starting in adoles- sight! We headed straight to the cence Lama Kunsang was very LAMA KUNSANG & LAMA PEMO special chamber where the Kar- interested in biographies of Bud- mapa gave his blessings every dhist saints. Because he repeat- authors of History of the Karmapas day at noon. When we first saw edly "recounted the biographies the child, then eight years old, we to all of his friends and family were mesmerized by his impres- members, he ended up knowing unique religious items and termas sive, large eves gazing at us fix- all the stories in detail. Already at that belonged to the previous ing]}. We both felt an immediate that time people would tell him: Karmapas; we also spent hours and strong connection and were "You know so much about the meditating in the shrine room moved to tears. There was such Karmapas. Why don't you write that contains the ii->!" Karmapa's an indescribable presence about a new book on them?" golden with his relics. The him! He seemed slightly amused, perfectly at ease, and full of self- Lama Kunsang: Then during the confidence when lie blessed the thi rty years that followed we both They were joking noisily pilgrims one after the other with continued collecting material « with us all the time and a long stick. about the Karmapas and masters ' even tried to offer us After this first encounter we linked to their activity. stayed at the monastery for two It was in 2008 that we actually their modest provisions, but as soon as we came weeks, lodged in a small cell in decided to sit down in order to freezing cold winter weather. At compile this rich material, with in sight of Tsurphu - that time there was no food avail- the goal of providing a complete astery, they all of a sud- able for foreign visitors and no reference work concerning the den became extremely Lama Pemo and Lama Kunsang at 's Monastery in the 1990s shop around the monastery; so Karmapas. Encouraged by Ma- we sustained ourselves with a bag rie Aubele—a French editor and * serious, joined their * hands, tears in their transformed the atmosphere of we heard about the opening of of tsampa (roasted barley) that we writer who offered her help— the entire hospital; his exemplary Tibet and went to , had thought to bring with us and we started writing History of the I eyes, and started to way of using his cancer was the where we managed to get a permit some rancid yak (Tibetans' Karmapas. I chant Karmapa Chenno, ultimate teaching to students for two months. So we traveled to special treat!) to add some flavor We also turned to Mila Khy- * "Karmapa think of me." and the medical team alike. We at the end of the winter and to our dry barley flour. But we entse Rinpoche to help us in this dedicated a long chapter to this headed straight to Tsurphu, the would have endured any hard- challenging task. He consider- living presence and the blessing Karmapa as numerous readers Karmapa's monastery (4 hours ship to be able to meet the Kar- ably contributed to the book due met him in the seventies and also drive from Lhasa.) We succeeded mapa every day. Every morning to his immense knowledge in nu- of the Karmapa were still palpa- ble there. because he was the first Karmapa in sneaking into a local bus, filled we returned to see him at noon in merous fields. We requested that to set foot on Western soil and es- to the brim with pilgrims coming order to get his blessing. he draw some calligraphies of the Which Karmapa has left the tablish dharma centers. from (eastern part of Tibet, One day we noticed a group of Karmapas and write an introduc- deepest impression on you? The 17th Karmapa occupies, of the 17th Karmapa's birth region.) Khampa pilgrims who followed tion to explain some Buddhist LP: All Karmapas had exceptional course, a very special position in It was a delightful and unforget- the Karmapa when he left the notions difficult for the average qualities. However, one who par- the history of the Karmapas as he table journey! We were the only room after a blessing. As we sud- reader to understand. ticularly touched us because of is the present head of the Westerners in the midst of a joy- denly saw them line up to kneel LP: We decided to enrich the book his limitless compassion was the lineage. Hebecame world-famous ful, lively crowd of Khampas, all down with their foreheads touch- th with lively accounts and numer- 8 Karmapa, who passed away at due to his spectacular and greatly dressed in their best attire and ing the stone floor, we wondered ous anecdotes of the private lives age forty after having taking upon publicized flight from Tibet in the adorned with colorful jewelry. what was going on there. The Kar- of masters, drawn from various himself an epidemic of leprosy. winter of 1999/2000. In the book They were joking noisily with mapa gave them a very special th written and oral sources. The 15 Karmapa was also we also recount the amazing de- us all the time and even tried to traditional blessing by putting his As Lama Kunsang is a special- very special in his lineage as he tails of this adventure. offer us their modest provisions, boot on their heads. We imitated ist and lecturer in Asian history was a terton (treasure revealer) and the Tibetans and also knelt down. Can you say something about but as soon as we came in sight and travels to Tibet and Bhutan the only Karmapa to take spiri- On seeing us two westerners in your first encounter with the of , they all of several times a year, he took ad- tual consorts. a sudden became extremely seri- this position, he stopped in front th young 17th Karmapa? vantage of this situation in order The 16 Karmapa, who passed ous, joined their hands, tears in of us and burst out laughing! He to find more details, take pho- away in an American hospital, LP: In 1993, while staying in Kalu their eyes, and started to chant seemed to hesitate a little bit, but tos and interview people. Thus was also particularly inspiring for Rinpoche's monastery, in — Karmapa Chenno, "Karmapa think then he jokingly put his boot on not far from the Tibetan border— many sections of the book came us: his joyful approach to death of me." (Continued on page 14) about rather naturally. 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~WMM that is permanent and a self), that One familiarizes with the fact This short excerpt is taken- is, there is no personal self, which that what appears as an object, from Groundless Paths: The is like the horns of a rabbit. Hav- in terms of positive determina- , The ing determined that, through fo- tion, is mere inner mind, and, in Ornament of Clear Realiza- cusing on the focal object of the terms of negative determination, tion, and Its Commentaries in innate views about such a self one does not exist as an outer refer- the Tibetan Tradition meditates by thinking, "In terms by Karl Brunholzl. of negative determination, there is no self, and, in terms of positive determination, [phenomena] are just mere phenomena." Through Based on the four' stages of this, the clinging to a self is put to , Madhyamikas realize all an end, which is the yoga of fo- phenomena as the nature of such- cusing on the lack of a self. ness free from reference points (2) Whatever is invariably ob- and thus are able to relinquish all served together is necessarily cognitive obscurations of cling- not different in substance, such ing to real existence without ex- as happiness and the awareness ception. These four stages of yoga that experiences that happiness. are as follows. As for the appearance of blue and (1) Non-Buddhist and Buddhist the mind that perceives this blue, tfrthikas assert a permanent self by virtue of the reason of their that is empty of arising and ceas- invariable co-observation it is ing. Within seeming phenomena, determined that what appears as there is nothing that is empty of a referent does not exist outside ent. Through this, the clinging to Dza Patrul Orgyen Jigme Chokyi Wangpo arising and ceasing (any entity of the mind in which it appears. outer referents is relinquished. (3) Having determined that, with- out anything to be apprehended, there is also no apprehender be- GROUNDLESS PATHS: The Prajnaparamita Sutras, The Ornament of Clear Realization, and cause these two are mutually Its Commentaries in the Tibetan Nyingma Tradition GROUNDLESS dependent, one familiarizes with translated by Karl Brunnholzl this by thinking, "The two of ap- a Tsadra Foundation Series book. 904 pp., cloth. #GRPA $54.95, OUR PRICE $38.46 Available April 2012 PATHS prehender and apprehended do Groundless Paths contains the first in-depth study of the Abhisamayalamkara (the text studied most extensively not exist." Through this, also the in higher Tibetan Buddhist education) and its commentaries from the perspective of the Nyingma School of Tibetan clinging to a mere apprehender Buddhism. This study consists mainly of translations of 's famous text and two commentaries on it by Patrul is eliminated, but what is not re- Rinpoche. These are supplemented by three short texts on the paths and bhumis by the same author as well as linquished is the clinging to mere extensive excerpts from commentaries by six other Nyingma masters, including Mipham Rinpoche. Thus, this book nondual wisdom. helps close a long-standing gap in the modern scholarship on the prajnaparamita sutras and the literature on paths (4) What originates dependently and bhumis in mahayana Buddhism. necessarily lacks a real nature "Groundless Paths contains Dza 's brilliant commentaries on the^b/i//a/n/rara, masterfully (just like the appearances of il- translated and annotated by Karl Brunnholzl. This third volume completes the presentation of the major Kagyu and lusory horses and elephants) and Nyingma works on the prajnaparamita literature in English for the first time." nondual self-awareness is also —ELIZABETH CALLAHAN, translator of Frameworks of dependently originating. Hav- ing determined this, through fa- miliarizing with all phenomena being free from reference points all cognitive obscurations of clinging to apprehended, appre- hender, and self-awareness are relinquished without exception. Therefore, the path relinquishes the two obscurations completely. ■

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Even from our place in the pain body—that familiar, dense sense of egoistic identity formed by our conceptual, karmic, and emotion- al conditions—at any time we can find our way to a lighter sense of body. Finding Stillness Sitting in meditation is one method. Another is simply the ONE OF THE CLOSEST EXPERIENCES YOI CAN HAVE HAPPENS WHEN way we attend to our physical you are able to reach a deep place of stillness, like the stillness of a body and our physical environ- mountain. Being in this deep place of stillness can be no different ment. from abiding in the inseparable state of the essence and nature In the Bon shamanic tradition, of mind. one approach to physical empow- Exhaustion can bring you to this kind of stillness. After work- erment is to wear sacred objects ing a long, hard day of physical labor, you arrive home feeling on your bod}-. A red or blue robe, utterly depleted, fall back into a comfortable chair, and relax fully a red or white hat, a turquoise into that sense of stillness. The body is still, the speech is still, the stone around the neck or a mala mind is still. There is a deep sense of release, of connection, of (Tibetan rosary) around the wrist completion, of wholeness. This is a clear example of how the pain can remind practitioners of their body itself may be used as a doorwav. more enlightened qualities. Without practice, this experience of stillness will remain only Just taking a shower and dress- until a distracting movement occurs. Even a simple hand gesture ing in a way that makes you feel can lead to a loss of connection, drawing vour mind back into its good can be empowering. How Empowering the Body habitual patterns. you look is not essentially im- The distraction comes not from the movement but from your portant—some people already BY TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE relation to the movement. This is the point of regular meditation feel so peaceful and comfortable practice—even when your body is not literally exhausted, through in themselves that they have no meditation you can bring yourself to that same deep place of re- need to rely much on their ap- of transformation. Despite its of energy flowing through sa- lease. You can relax into the stillness, abide in it, familiarize your- pearance. But most of us have emphasis on mind, through vi- cred channels of light bearing self with it, and over time stabilize it. Once the experience is fully been conditioned from an early sualization practices, tantra of- luminous spheres of awareness stabilized, no physical movement will disturb it. age to feel that appearance is im- fers a profound level of physical through all of vour experience. There is a specific dzogchen meditation practice in which we portant. When the conditions of empowerment. In the ancient During tantric meditation one bring ourselves to the place of stillness by closing the eyes and our physical appearance affect Tibetan Bon teachings of tantra, may visualize transforming into contemplating all of the body's physical actions over a lifetime, us, we need to pay attention. the body itself is seen as a palace an enlightened such as the action by action, day by day, year by year. Although we can't re- By adjusting our physical cir- of the divine, as a fundamental Buddha of Compassion or a lov- view our entire life in a single meditation session, we can elicit cumstances, we are able to create aspect of enlightenment. The di- enough physical memories to bring ourselves to the point of ex- an energetic dimension that sup- haustion. The instant we arrive at this point, we release all the ports the higher experiences of actions into the stillness of the moment and abide without chang- the mind and thus can be consid- Keep in mind, during Sj^k ing. "Abide without changing" means that as our thoughts and ered a kind of body. We can clean visualization practice, experiences continue to arise and dissolve, we continue to rest in our house, decorate it with flow- it is important for the our own nature and simply observe without elaborating. We try ers, and add attractive lighting. tantric practitioner to not to follow the past, plan the future, or change the present. We We can add precious images and "leave it as it is." objects of devotion to our medi- recognize, experience, This type of exhaustion practice is not limited to the body; it can tation area for another level of and emphasize an ac- be used also with the speech and with the mind. One reflects on a effect. The higher experiences of tual shift in the physical lifetime of speech, then releases ail the speech into the silence—a mind do not necessarily depend dimension. deep silence, like the silence of someone who has awakened from on our creating the right environ- a dream and has no words to describe it. With the mind practice, ment and the right energetic di- one contemplates all the thinking one has done over a lifetime and mension, but they are supported vine abides as space and light in on arriving at the place of exhaustion, one releases all the thoughts by doing so. If I'm trying to awak- every distinct energy function of into the space of pure, thought-free awareness, like a clear sky. en more joy in myself, I will have your body. Every cell, every sense ing goddess such as or (in The stillness of the body, the silence of speech, and the spacious a harder time achieving it if I rely organ, every internal organ is as- the Bon tradition) Sherap Cham- awareness of mind are the true three doors to enlightenment. only on my mind. By decorating sociated with a deity. Not only ma. The moment you feel such a Ultimately, one aims to connect with, appreciate, and rest in the my house, I'm already creating a does blood flow through your transformation taking place, your fullness and pure potentiality of the nature of mind. different level of energy and see- veins, carrying oxvgen and vital self-image can change from that —Adapted from Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind ing myself differently. nutrients to all your cells, but the of a weak, angry person, heavy 1 by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche ■ Tantra is known as the path body also contains sacred wind ; (Continued on page 16)


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PRAJNA: SHARP, ILLUMINAT- destroyer of our value systems, means that we do not want to ING, AND COMPASSIONATE which is another reason why it is see or know, even if we could. In INQUISITIVENESS not so popular. Thus, prajfia cuts particular, we often do not want Continued from page 1 not only through delusion, but to know what is going on in our EMPTINESS: The Natural also through any tricky attempts own mind or what is in its store- develop great compassion and by our ego to take credit for be- house. State of the Mind all those buddha qualities!" Ob- ing on the path of a bodhisattva As someone recently said,"My viously something needs to be or the like. mind is like a bad neighbor- EMPTINESS IS NOT ABOUT SOME THING CALLED "EMPTINESS" THAT done about that, which is the job As the prajfiaparamita sutras hood, I usually avoid going there we have to realize, but it is about letting go of everything that of prajfia. It has this self-checking never tire of emphasizing, any alone." That is our ignorance ac- prevents us from realizing what the true nature of our mind ac- quality. colorful fancies of personalized tively avoiding our own mind, tually is. The nature of the mind is something extremely simple Whenever we go off the track spiritual attainments must be avoiding other people, difficult and extremely close. This is the problem because we do not like and whenever the balloon of seen through and recognized situations, and so on. Prajfia also simple things. We always like sophisticated things, the more so- our ego-inflation becomes too to be as groundless as every- functions as the direct antidote phisticated the better. That is why we create all our preconceived big, prajfia simply pops the bal- thing else. This spotlight quality to these more active tendencies ideas and reference points, our values and belief systems. Sooner loon and brings us back to where of prajfia is symbolized by the of our ignorance, which does or later we are lost and we do not even know our own mind we are. not want us to look too closely at anymore. The teachings on emptiness (and prajfiaparamita as We could say that prajfia is a ourselves and what we do. In this what realizes emptiness) are trying to make us come back to the means to sober up, which is one sense, prajfia entails both an illu- natural state of our mind, without all the artificial constructs in reason why it is not so popular, minating quality and a sense of it. We do not have to make up the nature of the mind or alter it in courage to face whatever is going any way. The only thing to do is to deconstruct, or let go of our ; Whenever we go off on in our own mind and whatev- constructs, tearing down our mental sand castles and not cling- er is happening in any situation. ing to them. ■ the track and whenever Therefore, we need some courage the balloon of our ego- to really hold the sword of prajfia inflation becomes too and wield it skillfully. big, prajha simply pops Often we think that knowl- the balloon and brings edge or insight means to come up with all the right answers, but us back to where we are. prajfia is more like asking all the right questions. Often the ques- because we usually enjoy being tion is the answer, or much bet- intoxicated by our ego trips in ter than any answer. Often one samsara. Prajfia cuts through all answer just produces ten new our attempts at taking credit for flames on the sword illuminating questions and trying to get all the being a good Buddhist, being our blind spots. right answers down may simplv on the path, or having attained In this way prajfia functions create more reference points in something. The prajfiaparamita like a stage spotlight, highlight- our mind and thus more rigid- sutras describe all kinds of situa- ing the main actor. In our person- ity and problems. We may think, tions on the path where bodhisat- al dramas, the leading actor or "Now I understand this really tvas can get mired down. actress is of course always "me," well," but this often just means The only thing to do is to deconstruct, or let At each turn the sutras say, and then there are the supporting to expand the territory of our go of our constructs, tearing down our mental "You cannot really hang on to actors whom we call "others." planet Ego because "I know," "I sand castles and not clinging to them. that either. No matter how good Prajfia serves to spot and high- got it." We simply add one more you think it is, no matter how light this main actor "me," but item to our collection of things great you think you are, no mat- the problem here is that the main that we "know." That is why ter how fantastic an insight may actor is the blind spot in the show. talks about "Don't-know mind." say: If you think, "I cultivate sutra declares: be, let go and keep moving." Of course, the main actor does Of course this does not mean to prajfia," "Prajfia is this," or "It is Not reflecting is generosity. Prajfia also includes the qual- not realize that (and mostly does simply be stupid, but to let go for the sake of such and such," Not abiding in any difference is ity of compassion, but it is a not want to realize it either), but of trying to own anything, let this may well be prajfia, but it is ethics. somewhat merciless kind of com- through prajfia this actor "me" go of "our" knowledge, and let not prajfiaparamita. Not making any distinctions is passion in that it cuts through will become a little more self- go of "our" achievements. If we Since prajfiaparamita stands patience. wherever it is needed. It is not the conscious because the spotlight really have certain insights and for directly encountering ultimate Not adopting or rejecting any- type of "idiot compassion" that shines on him or her all the time. achievements, we will not lose reality, it is the main highway thing is vigor. Not being attached is . just wants us to feel better, but There is a sense of no escape. We them anyway, but if we hold on to liberation and omniscience. Not conceptualizing is prajfia. it cuts through what needs to be can no longer hide from ourselves to them and become puffed up, Therefore, to be immersed in it is exposed or what we need to let or pretend to be unaware of what they turn into a problem. explained to be the supreme of all Obviously, this is quite dif- go of. is going on in our mind. To let prajfia unfold in a natu- practices and realizations. This is ferent from the usual explana- In brief, prajfia questions ev- Generally ignorance is of two ral way means to give our basic why its qualities as well as its pro- tions of what the six paramitas erything that we are, everything types. The passive type is not inquisitiveness more space for found and far-reaching impact are. Here they are presented that we think, everything that knowing something and then its natural acute freshness and on our minds cannot be overesti- in terms of their connection to we perceive, and everything that googling it, but there is also an to start its own process of in- mated and are repeatedly praised prajfiaparamita or how they we value. Prajfia is the ultimate active part to ignorance, which quiry rather than following the in the scriptures. They declare manifest as prajfiaparamita. beaten track. 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AN INTERVIEW WITH LAMA For them, a simple review of circumstances and give happi- KUNSANG & LAMA PEMO the path and its practices is suf- ness in return. Continued from page 14 ficient. However, the longer the It is not rare for a Karmapa delay between rebirth and redis- to voluntarily contract illnesses says in his introduction, tenth covery, the greater the risk of loss. such as smallpox and die. These ground bodhisattvas do not suf- That is why elaborate systems of acts of great compassion rapidly fer any alteration of conscious- recognition rapidly developed in consume their vital energy, thus ness on entering the womb and Tibet. shortening their lives. However, can thus effortlessly remember in order to counteract this, they most of their previous studies. Why do many Karmapas die so young? usually perform long life practices They do not come back propelled in retreat. Nonetheless, due to by karmic forces; they decide to LK: As Mila Khyentse Rinpoche their tireless activity entirely The Newspaper of the International come back motivated bv their explains in his introduction, great oriented towards the benefit of wish to help beings. They only Bodhisattvas can take upon them- beings, the Karmapas often die Dzogchen Community of take up formal teaching, trans- selves negative conditions and young. It is, however, not the Chogyal Namkhai Norbu mitted "from the mouth of the "lighten" in this way the karma sickness that they take upon master to the ear of the disciple," accumulated by ordinary beings. themselves that affects them, as Tibetans say, to set an example They take upon themselves phys- but the erroneous vision of the Each issue of The Mirror contains a teaching by Chogyal ical or mental pains and adverse for practitioners. (Continued on page 16 Namkhai Norbu, Rinpoche's most recent teaching retreat and travel program, updates from Shang Shung Institute (founded by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu for the preservation of Tibetan culture, language, medicine and arts) and (founded by The Chogyal Namkhai Norbu to assist Tibetans with education and supports, educates, and empowers over medical care in Tibet), book reviews, Community News, and 700 Tibetan nuns living in northern India, representing all Tibetan Buddhist lineages. more general information of interest to Dharma practitioners. Subscribe for Paper only, Online only or Both paper & online. For a dollar a day, you can help a nun freely practice her and become a self-reliant member of the community— and the modern world.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH LAMA odor develops. On the contrary, it tion rite of the first Karmapa, for speech) intact in the middle of the lables. Meteorological signs such KUNSANG & LAMA PEMO may happen that the followers example, his followers discovered ritual pyre, as well as fragments of as rainbows, particular cloud Continued from page 15 smell a subtle perfume emanating his heart and his tongue (repre- bone on which appeared Buddhist formations, etc. also occur when from the bodv. After the crema- senting the awakened mind and symbols, particularly sacred syl- great Bodhisattvas pass away. ■ unenlightened beings they help. What needs to be purified are not the illnesses and adverse circum- stances, which are only the results of an erroneous vision of reality, but rather the very cause—igno- Lama 'Vawa Cfifiodai (Rinpocfie rance—that permitted their emer- gence in the first place. When Bo- dhisattvas take upon themselves Vajra Armor Retreats the troubles of beings, they take over their ignorance and purify it The Vajra Armor Mantra, called Dorje Go-Drab in Tibetan, by transforming it into wisdom. is among the most powerful healing practices in Tantric Buddhism. It is precisely this purification Long held as a secret practice, the Vajra Armor Mantra process that consumes the energy has been used for over a millennium of bodhisattvas and can shorten their lives. by tantric adepts and Tibetan physicians as an effective method for treating diseases, What characterizes their passing purifying negative energies, and protecting from misfortune. away? LP: When great Bodhisattvas die they usually sit in a meditation Lama Dawa Rinpoche trained with his root guru, posture and enter the ultimate H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche, meditation, tukdam, that is con- H.H. Rinpoche, and Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche. sidered their ultimate teaching He received a traditional Buddhist education, and reveals the level of realization earning the Acharya Degree from University in Varanasi, India. of the master. Although the vital A renowned yogi and divination master, functions no longer play their he has guided students throughout North America since 1989 role, the body retains its supple- and founded Saraswati Bhawan in 2007. ness and the region of the heart stays warm; the head does not drop and no typical decomposing JuCy 19-23 Vajra 'Armor 'Retreat, LeveCi Jufy 26-30 Vajra Armor Retreat, Levefi EMPOWERING THE BODY Saraswati Bhawan Retreat Land, Lansing, Iowa Continued from page 7 with ego, to that of a spacious, For more information or to register, light-filled being who fully em- contact Saraswati Bhawan bodies the pure qualities of love and compassion. www. Keep in mind, during visual- PO Box 237, Lansing IA 52101 ization practice, it is important [email protected] • 563-538-4510 for the tantric practitioner to rec- ognize, experience, and empha- size an actual shift in the physical dimension. You can draw special physical or energetic aspects of attention to changes that are felt the body and more by its mind in your flesh, blood, skin, bones, aspect, you can connect more and internal organs—in every cell easily with your inner wisdom • AWAKE IN THE WORLD in your body. At the same time, and with your more enlightened you can bring a little more aware- qualities. ■ ness to your body's connection with a deity's specific qualities. trie This type of subtle shift in the physical dimension is an impor- tant element of the practice. Your body image has so much to do with your normal sense of iden- tity. It affects your confidence, your mood, and how you relate COMMUNITY to yourself and to your environ- ment. Once you have formed a specific image of your physical appearance—whether you see The Tricycle Community is a global gathering of teachers and individuals who yourself as too fat, too thin, too together are exploring how the ancient Buddhist path can help us connect tall, or too old—you become con- more deeply with ourselves and each other in our daily lives. ditioned by that image, and the image may become an obstacle to your open awareness. When you are less conditioned by the The Tricycle Community includes:

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The human mind finds it dif- * and instead of waiting ficult to just lose everything, to just drop everything, melting all of the contractions and all of the tensions and loving all of the expres- 1 and postponing, im- sions of reality; not caring about death, not caring about birth, not * mediately, in this very caring about all of the ideas about attaining and not attaining, and * moment, surrender all with an open heart embracing everyone. 2 of our ideas of what life This human mind has a very hard time; it has a desire to be I should be? rigid, contracted, and always lost in this vicious trap of analysis and ideas, with ambitious and arduous strategies and labor, in- cluding this spiritual labor. This is mind's addiction and this is rest of the world. There are no actually the prime reason for all of our suffering. more boundaries and limitations. If we can change our attitude a little bit, by simply turning our Then there is only love. There attention within, we actually don't have to give up any of our is only joy. This is the true sacred desires and aspirations. We don't have to give up our desire for outlook. God, we don't have to give up our aspiration for enlightenment; Life is always speaking to us we don't even have to give up our devotion to the guru, because but we don't hear it. Life is al- sometimes that is a very hard thing to give up. So let's not give ways inviting us to an eternal it up. Do not give up any of this. We can go inside, just turn our feast of freedom and uncondi- attention inward, knowing that the guru is inside, Buddha is in- THE SIMPLE PATH: DEVOTION Life that is free from all of tional love. Life is always asking TO LIFE the tenets of our projections and us to let go of all of our fear, all of Continued from page 1 ideas and preconceived notions, our hatred, asking us to dissolve "I" is a thought that life without any barriers. That, into life itself. Then life is sacred. runs deep in our Can we be in the present mo- perhaps, is like meeting the eter- Life is actually everything. This consciousness, but ment? Can we be in the present nal Buddha. Then when we try to is very simple, but very hard to it is just a thought, understand. That's why we may moment by simply diving into describe life, all we can say is that a mistaken thought. the river of breath or by simply it is happening in this moment- have to keep getting lost in spiri- listening to the sound of birds inbreath, outbreath, space be- tuality for a while. So please, let's continue getting lost for a while chirping outside? Can we be tween thoughts, and sensations side, Brahma is inside, the divinity is inside. And the moment we or we can quit being lost and in the present moment by feel- in our body. change our attention, the moment we change that attitude, then be free, once and for all. 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Pure con- MAHAMUDRA sciousness is neither high nor low, August 11-19, 2012 New York City neither pleasant nor unpleasant, neither good nor bad. No matter The teachings will be given by the Tibetan Lama Gyume Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche based on where we are, no matter what we are doing, we always have an im- the root text entitled The Exalted Path of the Victorious Ones (T: rGyal ba'i gzhung lam), which was written mediate access to that inner still- by the Lobsang Chokyi Gyeltsen (1570-1662). The event will take place in New York City ness. It can be experienced in an on nine consecutive days from August 11 to August 19,2012 at the Jewel Heart Center, located at 260 West instant in all circumstances once we know how to pay attention to Broadway in the Tribeca section of Manhattan. Two classes will be held each day, with the morning session it. It is utterly peaceful and it is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the afternoon session from 2 p.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. also insightful, so it sees through Since the teaching will address only the non-Tantric elements of this body of instruction, there are no all illusions. Whenever there is a moment of being deluded, we can use that moment to practice settling in prerequisites or restrictions for attendance. However, due to the limited space of the teaching hall, the very perfect sphere of the Buddha mind without trying to change any- pre-registration is required. Anyone who would like to attend should submit a request to receive free thing. When we reside in that liberated mind, we find the very thing we have tickets for the entire nine-day event to [email protected]. Tickets will be distributed on been seeking all along. a first-come, first-served basis. Only persons who present their ticket at the door for each session will "His message is simple. Enlightenment can happen at any moment, be permitted to attend the discourses. in any place, to any one. One can "surrender" to the beauty of a flower, the happiness of greeting a friend, or the joy of sitting in a park and watch- Gyume Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche was born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1937. He studied at the Mey College ing children play. This is a very serious Buddhist text, which is completely of and was awarded the title of Geshe Lharampa in 1986. Following this, he entered Gyume understandable and a joy to read." -ANNA JEDRZIEWSKI, Retailing Insight Tantric College. After holding several administrative positions there, he was appointed khenpo, or abbot, by ANAM THUBTEN grew up in Tibet and undertook Buddhist training in His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1996. In the U.S. he was a visiting resident Lama at the Guhyasamaja Center the Nyingma tradition at an early age. He has been teaching in the West of , DC for five years. Gyume Khensur Rinpoche currently resides in Redding, CT at Do Ngak since the 1990s and is the spiritual advisor and Dharma teacher for the Kunphen Ling, where he continues to teach all levels of Buddhist doctrine and meditation practice. Dharmata Foundation. He is the author of the best-selling book, No Self, [a El No Problem. US gli


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Both the heliocentric of the meditative development of veloping attention are deeply inte- and geocentric views accounted refined attention skills, one gains grated: knowing thyself is integral for the appearances to the naked an increasing ability to observe a to healing thyself. eye of the relative movements of widening array of mental process- While modern popularizers of these celestial bodies. It was only es and states of consciousness. By yoga and meditation often teach when Galileo refined the tele- so doing, one may make discover- various methods as stand-alone scope as an instrument for mak- ies about the mind that are inac- techniques, independent of any ing precise observations of the cessible to third-person methods theory, values, or lifestyle, this sun, moon, and planets, that he of observation. 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