Today At Meetingbrook

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Hear this!

No vows. No promises. No oaths.

Rather, remaining in the one we are within.

Be that without wording something other.

Whether meditating or in times of turmoil, the true is his basis.

Vast and clear is his wondrous wisdom.

His words are silent and his actions untrammeled.

In emptiness he does not lose illumination.

(-- Ch'ing-liao, 1088-1151)

Changing mind.

Listen; hear.

Gazing; see.

Be-coming; free.

Zen points to what is here.

It is Yom Kippur.

Now. Here. This.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Perhaps God is the experience of life.

Many do not believe in God.

They prefer the allure of death over life.
The morning glory
Seems transient enough, but
More transient is the
Dew that falls from its petals
Shattered and scattered.

- Japanese Folk Zen saying
No need to believe in God.

Live life.

Life is the experience of God.

Life is love when it is seen as what it is.

The experience of life believes in you and me.

It offers itself to us with every breath, with every encounter, with every 'practical contact with and observation of facts or events' -- that is, with every experience.

Trust your experience.

Trust your life.

Trust your experience of life.

Enlighten God!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Walking carriage path above Eagle Lake with white Border Collie.

Listening to Entitled Opinions podcast on Martin Heidegger.

Greeting each passing person.
Even profound concepts are ultimately empty: the Ultimate Path is wordless, and if we speak, we go astray from it. Though we may characterize the fundamental basis as "empty by nature," there is no "fundamental basis" that can be labeled. Emptiness itself is wordless: it is not a mental construct.
- Records of the Lanka
There is no place else I want to be.

Ever.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sure, things fall apart.
There's no self and no person,
How then kinfolk and stranger!
I beg you, cease going from lecture to lecture;
It's better to seek truth directly.
The nature of Diamond Wisdom
Excludes even a speck of dust.
From "Thus have I heard," to "This I believe,"
All's but an array of unreal names.

- Layman P'ang (740-808)
Let them.

It's how we go on.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It is time to wake.
"This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
~ George Bernard Shaw
Awaken to the earth, God-self, our humanity.

It's time.

Monday, September 13, 2010


The only real intelligence is living in the present.

Moment.

All else never has been nor ever will.


This is why so few intelligent.

Beings.

Can be found.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

As is.

Said.

Originally.
In this assembly, no one is absent and no one is ignorant. This is a gathering of the Buddha-mind that is given to us at birth. When you return home, be mindful of all your daily matters, just the way you are listening to the teachings now. Then you'll be just living with unborn Buddha-mind. Because of desire, we become stubborn, self-centered, and deluded. This way we move away from Buddha-mind, and become foolish. Originally, no one is deluded.
- Bankei
No one is.

Deluded. Only,

Delighted.