277. "All conditioned things are impermanent" — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification.
278. "All conditioned things are unsatisfactory" — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification.
279. "All things are not-self" — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification.
“Buddha and the Five Ascetics"
"I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying at Varanasi in the Game Refuge at Isipatana. There he addressed the group of five monks:
"There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual objects: base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable; and that which is devoted to self-affliction: painful, ignoble, unprofitable. Avoiding both of these extremes, the middle way realized by the Tathagata — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.
"And what is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding? Precisely this Noble Eightfold Path: right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.
"And this, monks, is the noble truth of the origination of stress: the craving that makes for further becoming — accompanied by passion & delight, relishing now here & now there — i.e., craving for sensual pleasure, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming.
"And this, monks, is the noble truth of the cessation of stress: the remainderless fading & cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, & letting go of that very craving.
"And this, monks, is the noble truth of the way of practice leading to the cessation of stress: precisely this Noble Eightfold Path — right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration…..."
"Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion" (SN 56.11),translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Peace Pagoda - Leverett MA
The first Peace Pagoda to rise in the US.
The only other one in the US is in Grafton NY.
Constructed under the auspices of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji monks.
The monks say that the pagodas are prayer made visible.
There are Peace Pagodas in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
where Americans incinerated over 150,000
Japanese people, mostly
my first meditation teacher many years ago
warned us to be careful about getting
involved with the dharma.
he said that encountering the dharma is like
walking along in the softest mist. you won’t know you’re wet
until you’re drenched to the bone. and then,
there’s nothing to be done.
(Not my image)
..here’s your millstone - and - don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
'Grinnin' Bobby Finn - Bishop of KC just resigned a couple days ago. A few years back he was convicted of sheltering a Father Ratigan who took pictures of young girls.
Glad he’s gone, but it’s a small fucking step considering the carnage he and his boys have wrought.
No real progress has or will be made in this organization until a bunch of these boys gets convicted of facilitating child rape and are sent to a real honest-to-goodness, maximum-security, pound-me-in-the-ass prison for a good long stretch (so to speak.)
There many more of Bobby’s holy brothers wandering around free after having done so much more harm than he did. When will Bernie, and Roger, and Timmy, and dear old retired Jackie up the street in NH, and all the rest of their familiars be dealt some justice?
I know I’m naive for asking that question. These boys are untouchable, unreachable, like Dylan says they’re “locked in tight. They’re out of range.” And that is precisely why the resignation of Grinnin’ Bobby Finn made such headlines..
Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta..
"There is real power here of course. Deep power – but it is not the power we most of us choose or even acknowledge a lot of the time. Because instead of being something grand and beautiful and strong and safe-making, that which Jesus both reveals and shares over and over again is a power of quietness and fluidity and give. Not, then, the victor’s power to impose – even to impose mercy and graciousness and generosity. But rather the vanquished one’s power to remain no matter what; to be broken and broken and broken and still (in Christ’s case at least) to be love through it all -- not as a result of a choice or a decision so much as because that is His nature – always and everywhere and no matter what to be love.
This for me, and at least this year, seems to be the message of Easter: not that love triumphs, or even wins in the end, but simply that love remains. Which is to say that no matter the circumstances – no matter the depths of defeat, or even of death, it cannot be cut off, or snuffed-out, or twisted, or turned into something it is not. ….."
Excerpt “Love Remains"
Accept disgrace willingly.
Accept misfortune as the human condition.
What do you mean by "Accept disgrace willingly"?
Accept being unimportant.
Do not be concerned with loss or gain.
This is called "accepting disgrace willingly."
What do you mean by "Accept misfortune as the human condition"?
Misfortune comes from having a body.
Without a body, how could there be misfortune?
Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things.
“Tao Te Ching"
Gia Fu Feng - Translator
In the Christian church, it’s the Easter season.
In the Cathedral of the Great Wide World it’s mating season.
For male Turkeys, that means puffing yourself up, gobbling, inflating your wattle and snood, changing your head color, and dragging your wings on the ground while you vibrate your tail feathers - all in an attempt to attract the ladies.
I give these guys a wide berth. Apparently turkeys can run up to 25 mph - as fast as a human sprinter. Their leg spurs can inflict nasty wounds.. and these mating displays come hand in hand with aggressive behavior..
All the same - it’s a compelling display and one they are completely and unselfconsciously into.
All they need is a little Muddy Waters playing in the background..