The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

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

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Small and Large Changes

No matter how far we've gone, it is the practice of returning to whatever moment we are living now that restores us, because only when fully in the each moment can we draw strength from the Oneness of things.

--Mark Nepo

Taking stock on Independence Day, 2013

DOMA, that petty, mean, short-sighted governmental intrusion, over-turned and sent packing.
To imagine in this day and age that some of us are still debating who can marry whom is absurd. Build a bridge of love and acceptance and get over it.
Now let's put the focus back on AIDS research and outreach.

Texas Senator Wendy Davis (D) filibustering for 12 hours against another draconian governmental intrusion, an abortion bill that would have certainly been passed if this heroine had not stepped up to the plate and literally stood in her jogging sneakers, without a break, to read from her notes.
By the end of it all, Davis looked as if she had slogged through an extreme marathon in a smart business suit and snappy hair-do, never once backing down. Quitting not an option.
Yes the bill she filibustered will eventually pass, that's Texas, but there is a new contender who is not afraid of being a Warrior, and there are many who will never forget her moxy.

Obama, invoking his executive powers, rolls out a major, and in many ways, unexpected, plan to address the realities of climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions and utilizing sustainable energy in his Climate Change speech.
He took an unequivocal stand against the Keystone Pipeline System if it impacts negatively on the environment.

Meanwhile, in this little corner of the world,  my little granddaughter has begun walking and laughs as she toddles, falls, gets up to begin all over again.  If there is but one wish I could grant her, it would be precisely this quality of curiosity accompanied by open hearted joy to guide her where ever she might roam! 

The wrens have very hungry babies in a nest I thought long abandoned, and the cardinals do as well.  Now to keep the cats indoors, the squirrels at bay and the crows far away, though nature will take her own course and sometimes that is not what I wish for.

And the back injury that I sustained in early March is beginning to show signs of truly healing.  The web of care and support that is nurturing me back to health is astounding!  With a grateful heart, I bow to this web, and acknowledge the emptiness of all things, the impermanence of all things, the reality of our suffering in the midst of this beautiful, crazy universe, and the ultimate love we simply are.

Namu Amida Butsu!

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