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.

30 Replies to “Polished only after the Rock Tumbler”

  1. This is so perfect for me right now. I’m putting together a group of healers to do community outreach, and I was looking for something to bring us all together at the next meeting. A sangha meditation I think is just what we need. Thank-you my friend!

  2. Those words are so true and simple, yet sometimes I/we tend to forget. Thanks you for sharing this wisdom with your readers. 🙂

    1. your kind words make me most happy, my friend!
      i was up late and those words just manifest to go along with the pictures. perhaps i’ll try that technique again 🙂

  3. We are all interconnected in ways beyond our comprehension. Your words do much to make us realize that! Thanks for the wonderful reminder! 🙂 Good to be back again.

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