Polished only after the Rock Tumbler

in the buddha field

in the oak grove Buddha field @ Deer Park

We say, “I take refuge in sangha,” but sangha is made of individual practitioners. So you have to take care of yourself. Otherwise you don’t have much to contribute to the community because you do not have enough calm, peace, solidity, and freedom in your heart. That is why in order to build a community, you have to build yourself at the same time. The community is in you and you are in the community. You interpenetrate each other. That is why I emphasize sangha-building. That doesn’t mean that you neglect your own practice. It is by taking good care of your breath, of your body, of your feelings, that you can build a good community. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Tall complement short
Young complement old
Engineers and mathematicians
complement poets and musicians
Introverts complement extroverts
Yin needs yan
Right needs left
Innies need outies.

We need each other
literally, to experience inter-being.
To flow together as a river;
even if a river of stones.

flowing as a river of stone

flowing as a river of stone

While one may see the beauty
another will see the difficulty
and another will feel the tail
while another is unsure
and another will smell the pile of dung
while the other realizes what to do with it.

We need each other
to rub abrasively against
and smooth off the rough edges
and become shiny and polished
in our body, speech and mind.

Collectively we can become liberated
from the poisons of greed, hatred and delusion,
realizing true peace, happiness and harmony
living on the paradise
of this beautiful earth.

Dharma Rain on the Climate Train, Climate March & Flood Wall Street

Meditation is not meant to help us avoid problems or to run away from difficulties.
It is meant to allow positive healing to take place.
To meditate is to learn how to stop – to stop being carried away by our regrets about the past,
our anger or despair in the present, or our worries about the future.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Thank you grandma for offering your presence
with the masses who took action
so that a future would be possible for us.
People taking action, even when elected leaders would not.
You looked so happy carrying your sign
“there is no planet B”
next to friends’ signs
“tar sands are for losers”
and “Grandmas Against Global Warming.”

Thank you grandpa for riding on the people’s climate train with hundreds of others
attending dozens of workshops about the environmental causes and conditions in 2014.
Those actions, prayers and meditations helped
wake up grassroots within the collective consciousness.
To reduce carbon emissions and slow the warming
moving away from the  fossil-fuel economy.
To peacefully transition to a resilient, sustainable
co-existence with our brother and sisters of all species.

rose at 9/11 memorial ~d nelson

rose at 9/11 memorial ~d nelson

Without your loving, courageous actions
the planet might have warmed so much,
seas rose so high,
that we would not be here
to enjoy the beautiful wonders
of life.
Thank you for having the insight
to have beautiful continuations.

Happy to return to my blogosphere friends
and hope you enjoy the video account of dharma in action ~david

With a lot of help from my (spiritual) Friends

 

making the serious joyful

making the serious joyful

One interesting thing about greed is that although the underlying motive is to seek satisfaction, the irony is that even after obtaining the object of your desire you are still not satisfied. The true antidote of greed is contentment. ~ The Dalai Lama

May we all have the spiritual friends needed to support us in these difficult times.
To help us see our inner lotus
as well as our deep mud
so that we may cultivate our gardens
and create beauty for ourselves and the world.

With support of others
great difficulties can be faced.
Together we can study, learn and live
in such a way that we cause less harm
to people, animals and the earth.

May our mindfulness grow
and practice of the four elements of love
that we can overcome
the three poisons of greed, hatred and delusion.

faith's symbols

faith’s symbols

May we cultivate enough compassion
that we can bow to those we oppose,
to those whose actions create war
and destroy the earth
for they have so deeply helped us
see how much we truly care for life on earth.

These thoughts were recently shared by two senior luminaries of engaged Buddhism,
Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa and Joanna Macy.
Please enjoy this inspired, edited version of their talk:

I look forward to again being with my spiritual friends in the blogosphere
when I return from retreat and participating in the UN Climate March.

If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Building Clarity Hamlet

chanting compassion

chanting compassion ~d nelson

Gratitude for the compassionate ways
of the sisters at Deer Park Meditation Center/Monastery.
They teach the ways of understanding and love,
living in harmony with nature.
They are there as friends to all
who present themselves;
whether people
animals
plants
or minerals.

sister's new dwelling

sister’s new dwelling

For the past 14 years they’ve lived
in small bath houses (next to the unused swimming pool),
without insulation
cold in the winter
hot in the summer.
Still they walk peacefully
and smile to all.

Finally a new, eco-earth friendly
straw-bale nunnery is being built for them
thanks to the generous donations of time and money.
This short video above offers a brief impression.

 

More info about the efforts to complete
the building of Clarity Hamlet at
http://www.deerparknunnery.org/

 

mindfulness of squealing

worn down tires

worn down tires

Before starting the car
I know where I’m going.
The car and I are one.
If the car goes fast, I go fast.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

dearest passenger

dearest passenger

To show I care for you
my most precious cargo,
I will slow down,
be no closer than
one car length per 10 miles per hour
following other vehicles,
and travel at a safe speed.
Please do not fear.

In a past lifetime
I drove crazy,
spinning donuts
in the parking lot,
racing at green light’s spark
crossing multiple lanes
to take an off-ramp
failing to consider the
two-thirty-seconds of an inch
of rubber between me
and the hard, sharp
of pavement, steel and glass.

Through deaths and near deaths
I now humbly understand how to appropriately
express my deepest aspiration
of non-harming
while focusing on controlling
a vehicle of compassionate action
and not a powerful weapon of destruction
of myself, loved ones, strangers, bicyclists,
pedestrians and innocent by-standers.

May we all have peaceful get-a ways
in our get away cars.

Consider Whirled Peas

 

Silent Sunday

Let the pebbles speak! Their words manifest on this post.

rock insight 3

rock insight 3

whats going on!

whats going on!

Meditative Walk in Beauty!

Are you paying attention to me, Feet say to Mind.
Mind abruptly stops its chatter momentarily to say
I know you are there. Of course I know.
Feet respond that they would like to feel mind’s presence.
Mind says there are many important things
for me to think, to remember, to plan.
You are so clever, thinking highly of yourself
and the endless seductive ideas that pop
on and off of your screen, says Feet.
Please offer me your full attention
and together we will walk in freedom,
free from illusions and ignorance,
free to truly love and feel loved
free to fully embrace and enjoy
the miracle of walking in beauty
on this precious planet
at this very wonderful moment.

Helped by mindful breath’s calming
Mind smiles while letting go of its thinking
and experiences the miracle
of being alive
walking with Feet.

being present for the gift

being present for the gift ~d nelson

Walking Meditation

Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Walk peacefully.
Walk happily.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.

Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.

Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.
Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.
from: Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh

walking together in beauty

walking together in beauty