I’m still here…

Been thinking, making sure of things, wriggling down into the earth a bit, trying to find a place to germinate.

More later – busy day ahead.

Love to you all.

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Remain Awake in the World – via Dangerous Harvests

Via Dangerous Harvests (Thank you.):

It’s all fine and well to imagine being a wandering hermit, being away from it all.
But that’s the work of those who are living that.

For the rest of us, the world is calling us to remain awake in the world. So, we have to, I think, burn through our holding onto everything. So that we can be with everything. Whether it is “tranquil” or not.

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The Sacredness of Death

“Dying is not predominantly a medical event, and we need to stop treating it as if it was — it’s not just about “making the best of a bad situation” — a view strongly held in our healthcare system and even by some hospice workers. Dying is at its heart a sacred act, it is itself a time, a space, and process of surrender and transformation.”

via Frank Ostaseski on how to offer compassionate companionship to the dying.

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Tweet Treats from Today

Take the one seat of a Buddha and rest with a heart of equanimity and compassion in the center of it all. — @JackKornfield

via @goldendhorizons – “Meditation teaches us to open our attention to all of human experience & all parts of ourselves. ” thank you @SharonSalzberg

Via @ShambhalaBoston – “The most heartbreaking thing of all is how we cheat ourselves of the present moment.” — Pema Chödrön

Via @GaySangha – He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. – Albert Einstein

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The Shape of Pain – Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

If we do experience pain or suffering ourselves, we can use it. We’re conditioned to resist pain. We think of it as a solid block we have to push away, but it’s not. It’s like a melody, and behind the cacophony there is tremendous spaciousness.

From No Excuses on Tricycle.com.  I find this juicy.  What is the shape of your pain, your sorrow, your difficulty?

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A Key to Happiness – Sharon Salzberg

…a key to experiencing happiness on an ongoing basis is to acknowledge pain and suffering, something American culture resists.

It’s difficult to admit to ourselves that we suffer. We feel humiliated, like we should have been able to control our pain. If someone else is suffering, we like to tuck them away, out of sight. It’s a cruel, cruel conditioning. There is no controlling the unfolding of life.

via Beliefs: Through meditation, she makes happiness an inside job – latimes.com.  Visit Ms. Salzberg’s site here and learn more about her new book on happiness here.

(Further on in the same article: “Salzberg said she wasn’t seeking a new religion but a pragmatic way of living, and what she discovered allowed her to relate to her past with “compassion rather than bitterness” and to live with a sense of connection.”  I don’t have issues with “connection” but relating to my past in that way – that’s a juicy thought….)

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Issho Fujita on Zen

“I think that is an essence of Zen, to keep ourselves open to unexpected invitations. We are always invited to renew ourselves, but most of us are not mindful enough and we keep missing those invitations. We must be careful and mindful to truly see what is going on, not through a narrow view, but a more open, panoramic view, so that we can hear the voice of invitation.”

– Issho Fujita

(A lot of quotes lately – way I figure it, why not share my food for thought?)

Source: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20110219a1.html

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Cool Site — Dana Wiki

Dana Wiki is designed to help Buddhists start social service groups in their temples, meditation groups, and dharma centers.

Check it out here, y’all.

(And thanks to Zen Peacemakers for pointing it out!)

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Check out Bernie Glassman’s New Article…

…”The Buddhist Way of Being Present to Suffering

Being fully present to another person without clinging is medicine, not poison. Meaningful engagement deepens your heart and helps you be more fully present to any given situation that comes up — at the soup kitchen, with your spouse or in solitude. You can be deeply present to other peoples’ joy and suffering while they are sharing with you. You can let it wash through you to your bones and then let it pass. This way, you can feel deep joy or sadness without the added edge of anxiety.

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Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara on Zen Life and Death

Zen is about life and death, and how to be with those things. To sit with someone who is suffering and to be able to offer some kind of mental way of being with that is a gift, a wonderful gift. A sad gift.

Via Tricycle.

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