Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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
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
Are you not mistaken yourself?
Nevertheless, this was taught in order to stop the
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
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
We put 30 spokes together and call it a wheel:
But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the wheel depends.
We turn clay to make a vessel;
But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends.
We pierce doors and windows to make a house;
And it is on these spaces where there is nothing that the usefulness of the house depends.
Therefore, just as we take advantage of what is,
we should recognize the usefulness of what is not.
The image above was created one day after mixing glazes in the Ceramics Studio--after the water and glaze had settled, a perfectly round enzo was left behind of pigment . I laid newsprint over the top of the glaze. It soaked into the paper, dispersing water and one of the dark glaze ingredients. Later, after it had dried, I taped the paper to a big window where the sun could shine through.
Now it is several years old, and the paper has become brown with age.
A ring of fire. A full moon. A drum head. A mandala.