Thursday, May 28, 2015

Your Life is the Whole Universe



Elihu Genmyo Smith

Your life is the whole universe.

Our practice opportunity now is embodying this.

You are the boundless universe, this endless dimension life, this not-two – whether we recognize this or not. Unfortunately, self-centeredness leads us to miss this, even to deny this with actions, words, thoughts and reactions. This is called dualistic delusion. Please look closely at what is so for you – what are the consequences of your beliefs? This flower here now is the whole universe.

There is no you except “including” this universe – and ongoing practice nurtures awakening to this. Yes, we can and must be this awakening right now.

You are not “you” inside a container of skin and bones, inside emotions, thoughts and so forth; you are not “you” going about in a separate universe. And if you believe otherwise, if you believe that life is “you” going about in a separate universe, what are the consequences of that for you?

There is no you without the universe as is right now. Of course, provisionally there is no problem with all sorts of dualistic statements, beliefs and behaviors as long as we remember their provisional nature. There are consequences of using them as anything more than provisional.

Our life is ongoing Bodhisattvic Vows and Bodhisattvic effort - nurturing and supporting all we encounter in awakening as this universe moment now.

Right now includes conditions and circumstances we want and those we do not want, those so-called inside and so-called outside, so-called me and so-called not me. Though we may believe “wants” and “not wants” should make a difference in what is, attaching and clinging to these emotion-thought does not fundamentally change what is so. Attaching, clinging and craving does make for difficulty and suffering – which has results for you and those you encounter......

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(c) 2015 Elihu Genmyo Smith

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dharma Talks from May Sesshin


 http://prairiezen.org/Sesshin_audio.html

Opening Remarks  5/20/15
Not-Dependent  5/21/15
Freedom Of Thought, Freedom From Thought   5/22/15
Freedom Of Thought, Freedom From Thought, part 2  5/23/15
Three Phrases for Ongoing Practice   5/24/15

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Healing Results of Walking

Here are interesting results of studies and examples of walking labyrinths as a form of practice, a form of "meditation". These entangled pathways are being used in such diverse settings as hospitals and prisons.


http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/04/the-labyrinth-revival/391517/ 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Charlie Hebdo - PEN

I believe that freedom of speech is fundamental in having made possible the spread of Buddhist practice in the United States. I have been following with interest the Charlie Hebdo - Pen controversy and have found the following articles particularly insightful, especially since they come from writers with different political and ideological backgrounds. If you are interested, check them out.

This is a review of perspectives from France:

http://tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/190749/paris-pen-boycott

And here are some American perspectives:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/05/charlie-hebdo-trudeau-pen-garland/392255/

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/why-garry-trudeau-is-wrong-about-charlie-hebdo/390336/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/opinion/why-were-honoring-charlie-hebdo.html


http://tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/190694/pen-boycott

And here is a later review and evaluation with appropriate links:

http://tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/191181/reflections-on-pen-protesters