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With the stability of shamatha and the insight of vipashyana, we really begin to see the interrelationship between the fear response and the object of fear. From the Buddhist point of view, that’s very significant. We understand that we do not have two independent things coming together: one who fears and what is feared. We then begin to develop some appreciation for what is called interdependent arising—subject and object arising together—which gives us a feeling of empowerment, of real choice, a lot of room to move around in, and a real inkling of the Buddha's wisdom.

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche is the director of Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute. His latest book is The Practice of Lojong.


These essays are based on teachings given at the program “Fear and Fearlessness: What the Buddhists Teach.” This weekend of teachings, practice, and discussion was the first of an annual series cosponsored by the Shambhala Sun and the Omega Institute.

Fear & Fearlessness: What the Buddhists Teach, Shambhala Sun, January 2008.







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