Saturday, October 18, 2003

At hand.

That's what Luke the Evangelist wrote. "Say to them, 'The reign of God is at hand.'"

In my house there is a cave
In the cave there’s nothing at all
Pure emptiness
Really wonderful
Glorious and splendid
Bright as the sun
Vegetarian fare nourishes this old body
Cotton and hides cover this illusory form
Let a thousand saints appear before me
I have the Dharmakaya for my very own

- Han-shan

Dharmakaya, for Buddhists, is full. Dharmakaya is home.

Dharmakaya (Dhar?ma?ka?ya) (?), n. [Sanskrit, dharma Law + -kaaya body. [w] san-lun, [p] san1lun4, [k] samnon, [j] sanron.]
1. The dharmakaya (fa-shen ) is the experience of the transcendence of form of the five senses - and realization of true thusness.
2. the Buddha body in its self-nature, which is the same as the dharma body;
3. The Dharma body (fa-shen) is considered to be the eternal indestructible true principle, the Buddha's original body.
4. 1. Dharmakaya (body of the great order); the true nature of the Buddha, which is identical with reality, the essential laws of the universe. Equal to the laws of physics. The Dharmakaya is the experience of the unity of the laws of physics. It represents the "law" (dharma), the teaching expounded by the Buddha.
5. The Experience is timeless, permanent, devoid of characteristics and free from duality. It is the spiritual body of the buddhas, their true nature, which all buddhas have in common.

We celebrate St. Luke today. He was a convert to Christ.
And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house. (Luke 10)

When at home there is no need to go from house to house. To be at home is wherever one is. Whenever completely "with" or "as," we are home. Whether with another, or, as oneself -- home is where we dwell not as two, nor with one. Home is nuptial. Not two. Not one. Rather, each as each, each with each.

Beloved brothers, our Lord and Saviour sometimes gives us instruction by words and sometimes by actions. His very deeds are our commands; and whenever he acts silently he is teaching us what we should do. For example, he sends his disciples out to preach two by two, because the precept of charity is twofold-love of God and of one’s neighbour.
The Lord sends his disciples out to preach in two’s in order to teach us silently that whoever fails in charity toward his neighbour should by no means take upon himself the office of preaching.
(from A homily by Pope St Gregory the Great)

To preach is to be what we are saying.

We wonder what our global village would be like if we took time to listen to what everyone was saying – no matter what the language. In every conversation, the silences speak more truthfully than the words. Do we know how to listen for the Silence which allows the Word to be heard?

As hermits and solitaries we may wonder what we should do when senseless wars, boundless greed, overweening arrogance determines the future of our beloved earth. Perhaps it is our job to insure that there IS enough silence for the Word to be heard? Can we cultivate quiet so the Voice of Love can silently seep into our anguished, anxious hearts and teach us ways of compassion, forgiveness and mercy?

What can we do? “(We) have been told what is good, and what the Lord requires of (us):… only to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God.” (Micah 6:8)
(from "A Word from Still Wood" in Raven's Bread, Food for Those in Solitude, Vol: 7 No: 2 May 2003)

This is what we are.

We are to act justly. We are to love tenderly. We are to walk humbly.

With God.

When are two not two? When is one not one? We ask ourselves.

Rain falls on everything this Saturday morning.

The response is at hand.

Friday, October 17, 2003

Promise and hope dissolve into fact.

Generally speaking, practical application of Zen requires detachment from thoughts. This method of Zen saves the most energy. It just requires you to detach form emotional thoughts, and understand that there is nothing concrete in the realms of desire, form, and formlessness; only then can you apply Zen practically. If you try to practice it otherwise, it will seem bitterly painful by comparison.
- Foyan (1067–1120)

Fact finalizes fanciful thought of Red Sox and Cubs.

This form filled with temporary sadness.

We are left with Friday morning.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Brook rushes past hermitage.

Dazed yellow leaves rest on ground after strong gale yesterday.

Cubs lose. Sox extend.

There’s a master who feeds on rosy clouds
He lives concealed from common wanderers
No matter what the season, it’s really restful
The summer is very much like the fall
Hidden streams are always gurgling
The wind murmurs in tall pines
Sit here for half a day
And you’ll completely
Forget a hundred year’s woes.

- Han-shan

The original face we show, the one before mother and father were born, is the face in our mirror.
Seeing this face, we are prepared to hear Jesus' words, "Before Abraham was, I am."
He saw through the koan.

Seeing through our own face, we see.


Entering the inquiry, we are what is seen.

From every side, in and out, above and below, seeing and seen.

Holograph -- entirely handwritten by author.

Holy words.

One's own.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Sign on door today:

Closed Today
(Gott sei dank)

Open at 5:00pm
for Evening Conversation


There's a stillness in October's quiet light today.

Walking meditation.


And gratitude.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Red Sox and Yankees even up at 2 each.

In baseball there is no attaining mastery. There is only one play at a time. One pitch, one swing, one set of movements at a time.

Do not say, “I understand! I have attained mastery!” If you have attained mastery, then why are you going around asking other people questions? As soon as you say you understand Zen, people watch whatever you do and whatever you say, wondering why you said this or that. If you claim to understand Zen, moreover, this is actually a contention of ignorance. What about the saying that one should “silently shine, hiding one’s enlightenment?” What about “the path is not different from the human mind?” - Foyan (1067–1120)

Walking Whitney Road loop through Lincolnville in sweet colorful sunlight this afternoon.

There's no knowing any outcome.

Go out. Come back. See. Then say what is seen.

Or keep silent.

As Sherman did at table in wheelchair as we greeted him in white house on Eaton Ave prior to walk.

Eyes alone in response.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Buddhists use hermitage for retreat this weekend. Nice they're here.

Sitting alone in peace
Before these cliffs
The full moon is
Heaven’s beacon
The ten thousand things
Are all reflections
The moon originally
Has no light
Wide open
The spirit of itself is pure
Hold fast to the void
Realize its subtle mystery
Look at the moon like this
This moon that is the heart’s pivot

- Han-shan

Maybe the world is a hologram. Brain too. Used The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot at prison conversation Friday.

Who or what is the seeing?

'Beloved, the illumined soul sees clearly that from the One Life comes forth all living things, and that there is no separation possible when man lives and moves and has his being in his Divine Source. Therefore, the words "I and the Father are One", are fully realized to be Truth.' (p.116, in Your God is My God by Gladys De Meuter, c.1965)

The Source is with us.

October joyful sunlight!