after the storm
clouds dissolve into sky-
While reading “How to be compassionate” by the Dalai Lama this came to me.
Anger will subside like a storm. Do not let a little storm grow into a hurricane or tornado. When you get upset practice stepping outside your mind and think about why you are angry. Then take a breath and let the storm subside.
through the trees-
It is said that the teachings of Buddha can be heard in a pebble, river, clouds… all around if one only listens close enough.
along hatsubon offering-
a blind man moves
slowly among the thorns-
media rumor mill
Today as I was meditating I thought about the following quote and how it applies to modern life. There have been many times I have read, seen or been told things that were true or from a credible source only to find out that certain details were omitted, added or embellished to create the version of truth to fit the needs of the group trying to persuade or influence me.
I suggest that when one interacts with the media including the Internet that keep the quote in mind and look for the truth behind the illusion.
“Don’t blindly believe what I say. Don’t believe me because others convince you of my words. Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts. Don’t rely on logic alone, nor speculation. Don’t infer or be deceived by appearances.”
“Do not give up your authority and follow blindly the will of others. This way will lead to only delusion.”
“Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real. Discover that there are virtuous things and there are non-virtuous things. Once you have discovered for yourself give up the bad and embrace the good.”
– The Buddha
echoing in my ears
the sound of no sound-
Dear Friends I hope that you will take a few moments and watch the video to learn more about the Buddhist Temple of Chicago. If you are in the area please stop in.
Excellent dharma talk. I highly recommend it.
Shaolin Monastery in China is generally regarded to be the home of Chan [Ch’an/Zen] Buddhism. As a monk there, I heard some time ago that there was a great interest in Chan now in the West. For this reason I have come here, hoping to make contact with those interested in the teaching.
I would like to predominantly talk about Bodhidharma and his instructions with regard to Chan meditation. Bodhidharma was the twenty-eighth successor to Shakyamuni Buddha. He came to China from India in approximately AD 520. Shortly after his arrival, he discovered that the Chinese had no understanding of Buddhism and could not absorb its principles. He then began to meditate in a cave at the back of the Shaolin Monastery. He was there for nine years.
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looking for a meal-
Yesterday while wandering around the city Ava and I gave out lots of change and bought coffee to people we met. Some who asked were looking for a meal, some asking for bus fare, on guy even offered $4 in exchange for $5, and one lady only needed .30. We were downtown about 5 hours and by the 4th hour I had no cash on me.
Ava and I sat under the Picasso Statue in Daley Plaza and discussed the day. Ava said “Daddy, why don’t people take care of the homeless?”
I told her that it seems to me that our society is so busy most people do not even see them. The News doesn’t talk about them, there are no relativity TV shows about them, no tabloid coverage of their exploits.
Her question led me to ponder this farther and the following is what spewed forth. I apologize for any disjointedness
Throughout history the old and dying, the poor and sick have been pushed out of sight. The story of the Buddha’s early life illustrates this very well.
Siddhartha Gautama’s father tried to keep him from seeing this suffering. His father wanted to protect him from seeing such horrible things and yet Siddhartha when he saw them realized that such things happen to all of us no matter what we do.
In our time the media, make up companies, plastic surgeons, alternative product companies and old age homes, to mention a few, act just like Siddhartha’s father. They try and distract us from the reality of life by inundating our lives with “false images” of celebrities and happy beautiful people.
So when you are out in your town take a moment to truly see the world as it is and help those who are in need.