The Magazine Theme - Awakening
The meaning of the daily use of this term means you already woke up today. After your night’s sleep, you opened your eyes, got up and started your day of different actions and habits. Maybe you included a meditation sitting or another form of practice.
The less common meaning of the word means something ‘big’, simple and incredible.
We practice since we have a wish to be awakened or to live a more mindful life, more mindful life than we lived before practicing.
In some of the stories that I heard about awakening it appears suddenly, after the dedicated yogi gave up the desire to reach enlightenment. It sometimes sounds like a surprise form of a prize for the best student in class, while this student didn’t even know he was doing so well.
When participating in the first retreat, three years ago, I didn’t know a thing about awakening in Buddhist terms. Next to me in that retreat, was sitting someone that was very close to me during that time, and who I appreciated and loved dearly. You can say I was seriously attached to her. Her presence was the first thing I was mindful about, wherever I went throughout the retreat: in the meditation hall, the lawns, the trails. But one evening, I was walking on one of the trails leading from the dining hall to the dorms, simply walking. And suddenly there was something in front of me that I haven’t seen before. It took a split of a second to realise that what I saw was the face of that woman, which even looked straight into my eyes and smiled a wide, bright smile. And for that short, strange and wonderful moment, her face looked like something new and totally unfamiliar. In retrospect, after a few years of practice, I can say that in that moment there was a quality of awakening, because in the awakening itself there is a clear sight, free of ideas, desires, stigmas and judgments. In that moment there was something enchanting. But I think that awakening has also pain – the pain of giving up ownership.
This magazine was created by the members of Sangah, teachers. It has moments of awakening of many kinds, it has questions, inquiries and smiles and energetic conversations and a spectrum of terms and reflections.
Many thanks for each one of the participants for your trust and for sharing, and for the good and mindful spirit.
This month’s magazine offers:
Articles in Hebrew
Articles in English
Reflections about awakening
(In the name of the magazine members: Tami and Sandiah Rakefet, and congratulations to Dubi for the birth of Noga).
"כאשר בודהה שוגה במחשבות שווא הוא ישות חשה.
מתוך סוטרת הבמה בה הואי-ננג (האב השישי) מעביר את הדהרמה על ערש דווי.