January 12, 2010

In those clear unfettered moments when we are in sync with the world around us we can feel a sense of completeness that resonates joy. Although it is usually fleeting there is this awareness of an infinite unbounded connection between self an all else. No more the pull of this or that, instead we find that distinction in those brief moments of insight shrivels becoming less and less clear; less and less consuming; less and less and less.

Leaving the padded cell of self we instinctively know lessness of self and other and completely embrace it. Unfortunately those clear unfettered moments come along only sporadically at best. Often we miss them when they do come, but come they do.

There is a way however to not only recognize that pristine state but also to latch on to it, harnessing yourself to it (if you will) and making it the milieu of your life. As is always the case the steps are easier said than done but well worth the effort. Fortunately it’s not necessary to get it 100% right in this lifetime because there will be many rebirths to follow and even making a start is sure to improve one’s quality of life now.

In short the steps include:

  1. Do good deeds by(reduce) clearing away the clutter and not replacing it with more,(reuse) finding creative ways to problem solve without reaching for the plastic, (recycle) being responsible stewards of disposal.
  2. Speak good words by (reduce) setting aside time for silence,(reuse) passing along the wisdom you’ve received, (recycle) verifying what you’ve heard is what was actually said.
  3. Think good thoughts by(reduce) realizing that the things that are happening come from our past choices,(reuse) following after the lead of mentors,(recycle) freely passing what we know on to those who ask.

Essence 2

February 27, 2010

I just received another picture which was taken in December 2009. It’s more Dharma wheels but this time they appear outside. This is quite remarkable to me as it tells me that I am literally walking in the essence of the Buddha whenever I go there. You might be wondering just where there is, well there is called the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center.  I mentioned in my first blog titled ‘Essence’ that we are building a complex to enshrine a Buddha’s tooth relic. The location was originally own by an explosives factory and it basically in our backyard. Now it will be used for something much more uplifting.

Here’s the photo I just recieved. It’s shot at dusk during a week when we held a Water and Land Dharma service which had 8000+ devotees in attendance. On this particular day we held a service at the construction site and that’s when the picture got taken.

Just to refresh your memory I’m adding a few of the pics I uploaded in ‘Essence’

here’s two of the inside.

If anybody else has experienced anything like this I’d sure like to hear about it.  I am convinced that we walk in the essence of the Buddha even though we rarely see it.


Someone who has found joy outside the box. Some who realizes that the world we have construed is hollow. A fabrication, a house of cards. A poignant thought provoking kick in the butt

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February 7, 2010

I’m still not sure what to think about the images I’ve included below. I’m told that these floating spheres are the essence of the Buddha. When a shrine is built to venerate him his essence appears. This phenomena can’t be seen with the naked eye however, only cameras capture it. I’ve even included some pictures taken outdoors (same camera) during the same time as the indoor photos were shot.

I was actually present in the space when some of these photos were taken and I know I wasn’t seeing what the camera captured. Anyway here they are. If anyone reads this and has any explanations or suggestions I’m all ears. I have to say however that I am leaning towards belief. PS I didn’t take any of these shots.

Here is a wonderful example of right action. Tree ordination ~ Buddhism outside the box

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Here’s a wonderful opportunity to fill the void. Give to others, reduce the burden on mother earth and accumulate a little joy all at once. This is the practice of ‘dana’ pure and simple.  May 15th 2010. Mark it on your calendar!

unclutter your life – give your stuff away.

lessness complete

Joy without the cellophane wrapper. Breath deep and then dive in.

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