A Heart Full of Peace by Joseph Goldstein, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By Joseph Goldstein, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Love, compassion, and peace - those phrases are on the center of all non secular endeavors. even supposing we intuitively resonate with their that means and price, for many people, the problem is tips on how to include what we all know: tips on how to rework those phrases right into a vivid, residing perform. In those occasions of clash and uncertainty, this change is way greater than an summary excellent; it really is an pressing necessity. Peace on the earth starts with us. This splendidly attractive providing from one the main relied on elders of Buddhism within the West is a hot and fascinating exploration of the methods we will domesticate and occur peace as clever and skillful motion within the world.

This fascinating publication is illuminated all through with energetic, joyous, and infrequently even humorous citations from a bunch of latest and historical assets - from the poetry of W.S. Merwin and Galway Kinnell to the haiku of Issa and the nice poet-monk Ryokan, from the luminous aspirations of Saint Francis of Assisi to the sage suggestion of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama.

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Especially at the beginning of the practice, 30 • a heart full of peace • most of us get in touch with some physical pain. And then there are our various reactions to it: fear, self-pity, defensiveness, or avoidance. Mostly, we just don’t like it. ” All of these responses are quite different from opening to discomfort, allowing it, and simply feeling it with bare attention. Our relationship to unpleasant physical sensations in meditation reveals a lot about our relationship to pain in other life circumstances.

A sutra is a Buddhist text and we had been doing some chanting of sutras every day. Well, I thought I finally understood the koan: I would simply go in and chant a little of the sutra. 46 • a heart full of peace • To receive compassion and love, one must be willing to open to one’s vulnerability. I don’t think Sasaki Roshi knew it at the time, but this koan touched some deep conditioning within me. ” From then on, I had a strong inhibition about singing in public—yet here I was, having to perform in the pressure cooker of a sesshin.

PA U L F A R M E R One of the most memorable experiences in my meditation practice occurred quite a few years ago. I was doing a Zen sesshin—an intensive meditation retreat—with Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a very fierce old Zen master. Roshi worked with the koan method. A koan can be a question the master gives you that does not have a rational answer. ” The idea is to penetrate the essential meaning, and then to demonstrate your understanding in your response to the teacher. • a heart full of peace • 45 In this sesshin, we all met with Roshi four times a day to give him the answer to our koan.

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