The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

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

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall Equinox

The Autumn Equinox is upon us! And a full moon, the night before! Wonderful things are happening this time of year, this week, this moment.
I went out to a "dark" space last night as the sun was setting, so that I might view Jupiter in the Eastern sky, but dark is quotations because I would have had to drive many miles out of town to find darkness, true darkness. It didn't seem to matter though, because Jupiter was bright and shimmery, rising opposite the moon, which was just a sliver shy of full, two nights shy of of full. What a sight!
Tomorrow night, the moon will be full.
Thursday is the Autumn Equinox, and I will be performing a Liturgy at the Landis House. I hadn't planned on the equinox and Liturgy being combined, that was just a happy coincidence when I looked at the calendar a few days ago. But it's fitting, especially when I consider that next month we will celebrate Segaki at the House of Meditation, an Autumn Liturgy of releasing what no longer fits, of releasing those dualities and negative conditionings that we have matured beyond needing--we recognize awakening, we mark it and then open our hands to let the little wild animal run free!
We all have such different ideas of what liberation is, yet liberation manifests in the human being as compassion and wisdom, and we always recognize that, even when we suffer.
Tomorrow, as light and dark are perfectly, evenly balanced, 12 hours of each, it seems fitting to consider how light does not exist without dark, and vise versa.

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form.

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