The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

"Spiritual powers and their wondrous functioning--hauling water and carrying firewood." --Layman Pang, upon his realization

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Reality Of Boundless Interactions

Every moment of our lives, things are both perishing and arising.  some of our cells are dying while others are revitalized or reborn. We get old, and at the same time we get young.  We get polluted physically, emotionally, and mentally, and simultaneously we get purified.  Things decrease and increase.  We forget, learn, and remember many things.

The Heart Sutra claims that in the midst of phenomena where all things are changing, the reality of boundless interactions continues, and that this fact itself will not change.  After all, the ultimate reality both encompasses and is free of change in all manifestations.

from The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Monday, January 12, 2015

Jijuyu Zammai

Because earth, grass, trees, walls, tiles and pebbles, all engage in Buddha activity, those who receive the benefit of wind and water caused by them are inconceivably helped by the Buddha's guidance, splendid and unthinkable, and awaken intimately to themselves.  Those who receive these water and fire benefits spread the Buddha's guidance based on original awakening.  Because of this, all those who live with you and speak with you will obtain endless Buddha virtue and will unroll widely inside and outside of the entire universe, the endless, unremitting, unthinkable, unnamable Buddha-dharma.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Egolessness Isn't Nihilism

Egolessness is not the same thing as self-extinction.  We do not cease to exist, but we come to know more about ourselves.  Realizing that there is no unchanging self can in fact be an enriching experience.  The path consists of working with ourselves so that gradually, by overcoming the various inhibitions, confusions and delusions of the mind, we start to develop more insight into our own nature.

When we look at ourselves in the present moment, we see all kinds of confusions and defilements in our mind.  Yet the possibility of overcoming all that and becoming enlightened is a reality.  Our own lives become enriched from having undertaken this journey.  So it's important  not to mistranslate this concept of selflessness or nonexistence of ego.  To say that we do not exist at all is the nihilistic view, which the Buddha rejected completely.

The Essence of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practices by Traleg Kyabgon

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Returning To Sangha

After a 5 month hiatus, the LeTort Spring Sangha will be offering Thursday Night Meditation once again in the Allison Hall Interfaith space on the Dickinson College campus.
The zendo opens at 5:30 and meditation begins at 6 p.m. sharp.

We will begin with a full moon liturgy, sit for 20 minutes in silence and there will be time afterwards for discussion and fellowship.
The evening is free and open to all.  Dana graciously accepted.

Very excited to practice in sangha once again!  The time away was essential and allows for a more spacious perspective, thanks to the great good works of my teachers, past and present.

Namu Amida Butsu!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Heart Of The Victors

Beginning and end depend on nothing but imagination.
Through wind like formation,
Karma and afflictions are created.
Through these, the skandhas, dhatus and ayatanas--
All dualistically appearing phenomena--are displayed.

The one who adopts and rejects these is mistakenness.
Through rejecting mind's own appearances, where
             should they cease?
Through adopting mind's own appearances, what
                     come about?
Is clinging to duality not delusive?

Understanding this is indeed said to be the remedy,
But the thought of non duality is not real either,
For the lack of thought just turns into a thought.
You thought about emptiness, dissecting form and so
       into parts,
Are you not mistaken yourself?
Nevertheless, this was taught in order to stop the
       to reality.

All is neither real nor delusive--
Held to be like a reflection of the moon in water by
Just this ordinary mind
Is call "dharmadhatu" and "Heart of the visitors."
It is neither to be improved by the noble ones
Nor made worse by sentient beings.

from Luminous Heart: The Third Karmapa on Consciousness, Widsom and Buddha Nature.
Translated by Karl Brunnholzl