This is the best bit of writing for these two days. C.Y. from Augusta Maine sent this over two days. We took the first part when received to prison yesterday. The men gave it a lot of good reflection. Two women, later, at university found their perspective turned and lightened when they were given a copy.
Draft for a ZEN journal
Tomorrow will be Inauguration Day for DT. I welcome this day as a day of transformation and am currently viewing DT as a difficult teacher, but an essential one.....perhaps a bodhisattva in a great disguise. Take a breath and remember our vows.
He is the personification of greed, anger and ignorance. Tomorrow will be the beginning of the final embodiment of an egoic operating system (EOS). Only by presenting the apotheosis of this antiquated system can we truly begin the transformation of consciousness that can be seen as a holistic operating system (HOS). We will now witness the reality of this, misogynistic, narcissistic, aggressive, hierarchical, patriarchal EOS which has shaped our contemporary culture and economy and is now fully empowered. This will be our 'dark night of the soul' and an essential step in the liberation of the world. Rilke taught us that the greatest teachings come to us from the "Harsh Angels" of our nature and we are about to encounter these angels in full regalia as billionaires and generals. They have much to teach us about life and truth. They will provide our exit strategy from the EOS and make clear that only through a radical transformation of consciousness can we possibly manifest the Bodhisattva Vows in the world.
The three rules for continued suffering are: 1) Keep the illusion that you have control, 2) Argue with the way things are, and 3) Demand that they be different than the way they are. We certainly have opportunity to greatly expand our suffering or we can look beyond our own picking and choosing. I believe that the 'millennial' generation that is waiting for the reins of power to be passed will be the most engaged, disillusioned, and aware generation we have experienced. We are entering the third axial age. A time of a change of consciousness that will effectively challenge the EOS and allow the human society to manifest the truths of interbeing. It will be difficult, bloody and terrifying, but we will be cleansed. In the 60s, we said, "come the revolution"........here it comes!![Then,]
...the piece I neglected to include has to do with feminism. Someone said that one of the most significant occurrences of the 20th century was the arrival of Buddhism in America. I think another significant event was the (sadly) inevitable abuse by male Zen teachers. You give a guy power and too often he can't resist the money or the girls. I read about a micro finance project in Africa. It provided Satellite Phones to remote villages to help them market their produce. The phones were only given to women. The funders knew that, if you gave them to men, the first thing most men would do is hire bodyguards and set up structures of power with themselves at the apex -- (Africa's notorious Big Man phenomenon). Women (happily) would be sure there was sharing and that everyone had a turn before anyone had two. As I watched the life at ZMM [Zen Mountain Monastery] for 25 years, I saw a steady rise of women monks and teachers. They were much less seduced by authority and power The Joanna Macys and Pema Chodrins of the Buddhist world are the future. So, Buddhism in America is not only living and growing in a world with religious freedom but also with the rise of truly empowered women.
DT (45) will propel the awareness of this paradigm shift to the corners of the world and then many of us men can return to the cloister and the hermitage.........then perhaps the mature Yang can work with the mature Yin and the Kingdom of God will be revealed. Love
(--by, C.Y., Augusta, Maine. thurs/fri, 20/21jan2017)