Alive!

This morning I awaken to the glory of this Saturday, January 31, 2015 !
This wintry morning Mother Earth is displaying her energy!
It’s 13 degrees, the wind is blowing at 30 mph, pine trees dancing, whitecaps on the New Meadows River.

I can let go, remove the barriers and I am one with this.

This is emptiness

Enlightened Mind

We would love to be able to think our way to enlightenment.
But it is not going to happen.
We can study, in great depth, what an enlightened mind is like, what comes out of it, how it is done
but our regular rational mind can not get there, can not go there.

Our heart longs to go there
Our heart knows how to go there
Our heart can go there

When we live with an open heart
When we just let go and live
Don’t think about how we can get ahead
If we put down all of our swords
Remove all of our doors and windows of our ego
We are beginning

We turn on the lights
In our windowless, doorless home
and see what is in hiding
Perhaps fear
Perhaps uncertainty
And we smile at then
Make friends with them

And then we are on our way
We are waking up

Forever

I often run into people who live from one peak experience to the next.
I knew a monk in a monastery who would spend the week with a long face if his football team lost.

Living this way never really satisfies. Their is a brief charge and then it fades , leaving the desire for the next charge. The next great vacation, promotion, dining experience, mountain climbed.

Because our life is limited, we can take great delight in choosing what is most important for us.

How much room is there for Love in your Life?
Does love emanate outwards from you to others?
Are you aware of how you are spending this precious life?

Spaciousness

This morning I have spaciousness.

I can see again, smell again, hear again, taste again.

I am here, I am alive.

There’s four inches of snow
and a half inch of ice.

It’s sleeting lightly.

It’s high tide on the New Meadows River,
light fog, grey water,grey sky
The land is white.

The first bird is a Blue Jay squawking in the pine by the water.

I need to dig out the car.

When Bad Things Happen-Causes and Conditions, Karma

When misfortune strikes, how are we to look at it?

As a Buddhist, I believe that the events of our life are made up of causes and conditions

There are many different theories about causes and conditions. Some say it takes a minimum do three life times for a previous action to bear fruit.

It gets quite complex, in that those previous actions are tied to a multitude of other lifetimes and so on. The other conscious individuals in your life are also subject to their previous actions.

Some schools of Buddhist thought do emphasize the fact that we should live well now because the actions of this life will be showing up in the next life.

Or you could decide to say, I have no idea why something happened, or I fell because my shoelace was untied. That is all.

If I look at what has happened, I can at least say to myself ‘Well that action, that Karma, has born its fruit and now it’s done.

Sometimes the result of actions seem to bear immediate fruit, if so that’s wonderful.

Whatever the truth of Karma may be, we can always believe that the Buddha is within us. That we are called to be our true selves-a Buddha.

Our purpose is to wake up here and now.
Right Now!

Being Ourself

When we become Buddhists, it’s a rather odd thing.
The group we are joining promises no great power or protection. We have not joined a special forces combat group or received the keys to an elaborate spa where people will wrap us in seaweed and tell us how beautiful we are.

Rather, it’s quite the opposite. We are asked to look, to look at ourselves, to look deeper and deeper. We choose to climb out of our little claustrophobic nest as best we can and take a good hot shower with lots of soap.

We stand in front of the mirror and fully accept what we see there.

We sit and read about the preciousness of life, how short it is.
We ask ourselves what is the purpose of our life.
Is it to check off as many things as possible from a bucket list?

Do we spend our entire waking life thinking
‘What about me?’ My money, my neuroses, my things, my favorite restaurant, my problems. My my my my.

In Buddhism, in taking refuge it is rather the opposite: we become a refugee.

We begin to take off our armor, perhaps we are just able to open the visor on our helmet for five minutes, then close it back up for the day. It is a start.
We taste the fresh air.

It is about loosening the armor and getting strong enough to take it all off.
Then we can experience the whole world.

We don’t need to lie or deceive others, we don’t need to dull ourselves with all sorts of things: endless magazines, endless reading, TV, food,.

We might say I will make money for 30 years the develop my spiritual practice. Usually that time never comes for most people or they die.

On our deathbed do we say: I have been to all the great resorts, I caught the biggest fish, I have acquired all the clever ways to get rich, I have defeated all of my family’s enemies?

What is your purpose for living?