Lojong Slogan 2

January 13, 2020   |   2 Comments

In 2020, the Open Heart Project Sangha is examining each of the 59 slogans of Atisha, aka Lojong aka mind training practice. Each Monday, I send out a short video with some thoughts about one of the slogans, followed by a guided meditation. We now consider the second slogan: Regard all dharmas as dreams.
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Last week, our slogan was First, train in the preliminaries. And what are these preliminaries? In classical Buddhist thought, the preliminaries refer to the Four Reminders:
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One: Your life is a miracle. (I mean, think about it. If even one person in your ancestral line had turned right instead of left, you would not be here. Odds, people!)
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Two: Every action/word/thought sets something in motion, i.e. karma.
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Three: Death is real. (Surprisingly hard to remember that.)
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Four: All beings suffer.
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These preliminaries guide us through the gate that divides fantasy from reality.
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Now what? Work harder? Become more “zen?” Push for results? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is no. Rather, regard all dharmas as dreams says now that you’re in, you could relax. Open up. See where you are, now. And now. And now.
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Though to regard all dharmas (teachings, thoughts, practices, occurrences) as dreams may sound phantasmagoric or illusory, actually it points to the opposite. It sharpens reality.
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Everything is dreamlike. Every boundary shimmers. Where is the dividing line between awake and asleep? Inhale and exhale? You and me? Life and death? I’m not saying these opposites are identical. I’m saying that if you look for the definitive boundary between them, you will not find it.
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Regard all dharmas as dreams teaches us that the spiritual warrior resides in not-knowing—which includes not even knowing what that means.
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Certainty creates blindness. Beliefs obscure insight. Curiosity is the true super power.
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Just for today, regard your certainty and beliefs as dreams. Observe how reality shifts. Report back to me!! Love, Susan
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  • Posted by:  Anni McCarthy

    So sorry can’t access the video

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