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Monday, 23 July 2018 17:35


If we just see impermanence from the perspective of the self there is only suffering.

If we put the self to one side, the ground of this time being extends in all directions.

It flows from the past to the present, from the present to the present, from the present to the past.

Likewise the Dharma

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2018 17:36
 
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Monday, 23 July 2018 17:28

 

It is useless to start from a general picture of Buddhism and try to match our experience to that picture. Both will be fakes. We have to start from where we are.

From where we are, in this room, twelve feet square.

So, for example, when we chant the first vow “Beings, numberless, I vow to free them”, we should not create an imaginary multitude of beings, we should start from our actual experience. This Being when the bell first rang. This Being now. This Being a child. This Being at death. This Being seen by each person within time’s scattering, in love, or hate, or indifference. This Being in the heart of those now gone. This Being in the heart of those not yet come. I vow to free them.

And from these Beings, like encroaching daybreak, to all Beings.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2018 17:32
 
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Sunday, 08 July 2018 16:31


“The Buddha's true body is just like space.

Manifesting its form according to circumstances,

It is like the moon in water”



So what is this ‘just like space’?

The Indians and Chinese didn't have our modern idea of Newtonian space.

For them, space meant emptiness.

So, when we come into this room and sit, is the space less than before we enter, or not?

If less, where does the space go?

If not, where does the space go?




Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2018 16:37
 
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Sunday, 08 July 2018 16:28


We compare this life to a dream because, amongst other things, dream illuminates suffering, no-self and impermanence.

Our desire - attraction, aversion - is inescapable. But we don’t need to escape. We just need to experience. Just experience.

In dreams, we cannot say there isn’t a self, but nor can we locate it.

And rather than beings within time, there is just vibrant impermanence; a changing, kaleidoscopic whole.


 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2018 16:29
 
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Sunday, 08 July 2018 16:23


Before we sit down we bow to our cushion and bow to everyone.

How so?

In this place of practice, everything has equal and absolute value.

It is not that the person is great and the cushion is menial.

No!

It is not that the cushion, the mat, the floor, the incense, the Buddha are here to facilitate my practice.

No

Everything in this place is conducting this practice.

Because this is so, even though this room is only 12 foot Square, it is the whole universe.


 

 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2018 16:25
 
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