Nagasaki 69 years ago. A cruel and unkind act. So suffering extends itself.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
Killing the self is like finishing a cup of coffee. It just passes through, like everything else.
When Buddhism says, ‘It’s an illusion, it’s empty,' I think back to when Ignatius said, 'Your self -- that's your problem. You have to conquer self, kill the self.' It’s that tradition, both in Christianity and in Buddhism, in which we are challenged to let go of what is so comfortable and what we cling to as who we are, if we're going to open ourselves to reality and truth. -- Jerry Brown, Politics and PrayerThen, let it.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Someone fell onto the granite stones of the askew walkway of the Rockland Breakwater. I helped them up when they were ready.
5. Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you.The boy and I walked out and back.
For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. [And there is nothing buried that will not be raised.]”
(--from The Gospel of Thomas)
Later, at practice, after zazen, visitor and I read Berdyaev and the epilogue to a book on western wisdom.
Ego fears evolution because it is impossible to hold on to what is moving toward both rest and cessation.
Evolution is the cessation and dissolving of what is moving through itself.
As such, we become what is gone, beyond.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Is that what transubstantation is? The sharing of being and consciousness between two? The breakdown of separation? That and the physical quantum intercommitment realization of matter?
Tomorrow is the feast of the Transfiguration.
Also the sacred day of Hiroshima.
Monday, August 04, 2014
It's complicated. The bible. Complicated.
God, one of the inmates says, allows the slaughter of the innocents by Herod -- then, as Jesus, does this big speech about children being so valuable in the schema of things that no one should dare hurt one, or else.
Like four rabbis we argue scripture and come up with six opinions.
We're meant, we suppose, to be flummoxed.
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Sitting zazen the mountain grades itself.
Old school silence notes chainsaw and backhoe.
Chanting heart sutra no old age and death and no extinction of it.
Until the glass broke on kitchen floor there was no need for dust pan and sweep brush.