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Gentle Voice Mar 2008

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A NEWSLETTER OF SIDDHARTHA’S INTENT March 2008
IN THIS ISSUE
INSIGHT MEDITATIONINTERVIEW WITH GYANA VAJRA RINPOCHEREACHING OUT IN CAMBODIAPHOTO DIARY – SANCHITEXT RECOVERER - E. Gene SmithTHE GONPA SURVIVES THE FLOOD
 
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Congratulations to our friends at Vajradhara Gonpa whohave completed the three year retreat. We are allinspired by your dedication and commitment and hopethat you will be able to share your insights and blessingswith everyone you meet. Congratulations to all thosewho made it possible, whether it was the teachers,administrators, cooks or sponsors. Making it possible for  both ourselves and others to practice the Dharma is agreat challenge and contingent on an enormous amountof work.One of the most interesting observations in the Dharmais the law of interdependent origination, or in Sanskrit, pratityasamutpada. Nothing exists except in dependenceupon causes and conditions. The causes and conditionsfor such a retreat are numberless and impossible tosummarise, but without our teacher inspiring practice,without the gonpa – the place of retreat, without theinspiration to make it happen, it couldn’t take place.At this early stage of the development of the Dharma inAustralia we are all working hard to create theconditions for practice opportunities for both ourselvesand future generations. Translation, study, retreat,generosity, and all kinds of support are bringing theDharma to the West. Everybody’s participation andcontribution is a jewel in Indra’s net. Indra’s net is ametaphor used in the Avatamsaka Sutra, of a large nethung with jewels. Each jewel reflects all the other jewelsin the net, to infinity. In addition, every jewel that isreflected in one jewel bears within itself the reflection of all other jewels.May all beings benefit.SunyataEditor 
Contents
Insight Meditation3Interview with Gyana Vajra Rinpoche5Reaching Out in Cambodia6Photo Diary - Sanchi8Book Review9Births, Deaths, Marriages and Retreats9Text Recoverer - E. Gene Smith10Announcements11
 
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This is one of the key philosophical expositions of emptiness and its study has been an essential part of Buddhist training in Tibet for many centuries. While not very long, the text contains complex and subtle arguments in a condensed form. This is the final program.
Dates:Thursday 10 April 7.00 p.m. – free evening talk.Friday 11 to Sunday 13 April, from 9.30 a.m.Fee:$180Address:A&I Hall, Bangalow, New South Wales.Located at the end of Station Street, off Byron Street - the main street inBangalow. Bangalow is a 15 minutedrive from Byron Bay.Telephone:02 66 851 646Enquiries:sia_bookings@siddharthasintent.orgAccommodation assistance: ruth.r@optusnet.com.au
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 In This Issue
About Siddhar 
 
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Founded in 1989 by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche,Siddhartha's Intent is an international Buddhistassociation of non-profit centres, most of which arenationally registered societies and charities, with theprincipal intention of preserving the Buddhistteachings, as well as increasing an awareness andunderstanding of the many aspects of the Buddhistteaching, beyond the limits of cultures and traditions.Web: http://www.siddharthasintent.orgContact: 61 2 66 882 055Email: australia@siddharthasintent.org
 
Gentle Voice : March 2008
 Insight Meditation – Vipassana
By Dzongsar K 
 
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n your legs is agood idea.You're allowed to breathe. You can blink your eyes only if it'snecessary. You can swallow saliva when it's necessary. Other than that during this period until I say stop, whatever happensdon't move. Don't scratch even if you're feeling itchy! Insteadwatch that feeling. If nothing extraordinary happens, justwatch whatever thoughts come at that time. There's no need tothink about the past, no need to plan for the future. If there areno thoughts, that's also fine. If your ankle hurts or you feellike coughing, don't. Don't clear your throat. If you forget toswitch off your mobile and it rings, don't switch it off. Justwatch that guilt. Basically, do nothing. All you have to do is just be aware. So we will begin.You may know that some leading international newspapershave reported that meditation is good for health. Scientistshave now realised that meditation is good for stress, for relaxation and so on and so forth. If you're a Buddhist, and if you're a genuine one, we're not here for good health. We'renot here for relaxation. Who cares whether you're tense or not, because when people talk about relaxation, that means theyrelax for a little bit and then they go wild again, doesn't it?That's why they're looking for relaxation – so they can domore harm to themselves and others after a little bit of hibernation. If you're a genuine follower of Gautama Buddha, being relaxed or tension-free is not your goal. Or at least thedefinition of relaxation and tension should be different. Whatis tension? According to the Buddha, anything that is dualisticis tension. Gazing at the sunrise or the sunset could be tension.It's more likely to be tension than relaxation, according to theBuddha. What is relaxation? Freedom from this dualistic mindis relaxation. In that sense, yes, we're looking for the ultimaterelaxation. We're really looking to get rid of the mother of alltension, which is dualism.You see, meditation is a technique. You may wonder, "Howdoes this help us to discover Buddha nature?" It does it verywell. In fact, I would say meditation such as what we just didis probably the safest, most economical, handy, user-friendlymethod. At present, every time a thought arises, we mate withit. There could be different kinds of mating – very positivemating such as enjoying the sunset, making love, being philanthropic or hugging! Or it could be a very vicious rapingkind of mating, like when anger comes, "Oh, not good." Thenthere's depression, guilt and anger towards yourself becauseyou're angry. That's what I call raping. You're raping your thoughts. Whatever happens, you've forgotten the condom andyou're like a rabbit. You can reach orgasm nine times everytime. Each drop of those orgasms creates lots of babies. That'swhy you have endless rabbits going round in your head all thetime. So you can't see Buddha nature. The way we meditated just now, we just watched whatever happened. Even thewatching is already a little bit of a mating, but it's okay for now. That's the only way you can progress. What does thisdo? You really are beginning to learn how to ignore thoughts.Actually, do you know what ignoring is? Let's say, if you'reignoring a person at a party, what does that mean? That meansyou know he is there, but you are not looking at him, doesn'tit? That's what we call ignoring. If you don't see him, that'snot counted as ignoring him, is it? That's simply that youdidn't see him. During meditation you're watching thethoughts; you know they're there, but you're ignoring them.You're not entertaining positive thoughts, you're notdiscouraging negative thoughts. Just watching. So you're notmating. No mating, no breeding, no population of rabbits;you're less busy because you don't have to chase or breastfeedthese babies. You are very free. That's why we meditate.I think it's kind of obvious that meditation is a good thing, butto do it consistently is difficult. Lack of discipline, lack of enthusiasm and lack of environment make it difficult. Mainlylack of discipline. Consistency is the key. If you do hours andhours of meditation and then don't do any for months, you're back to square one. If you can do five to ten minutesconsistently every day, at least in about a year's time you willhave some kind of joy and enthusiasm to do the meditation.That joy is difficult to develop, you know, because meditationis very boring. It's not entertaining at all. Not doing anythingis tough. This is the art of not doing anything and it's reallydifficult, especially as we modern human beings like quick results. Actually, the results come very quickly. Butmeditative results are very subtle. We like tangible, vivid,obvious results. We like Panadols or pain-killers. This is themodern culture.
 
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in Bir, October 2006.
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