With palms together,
Good Morning All,
Thursday, April 17: It is 3:00 AM and I am awake because our lovable dogs decided to bark their heads off over some coyote in the distance. The girls (our dogs) settled down and soon after fell asleep on pillows on our sofa. While I, on the other hand, sat upright next to them. So it goes.
You know, I rarely have any real idea what I am going to say next when I write these blog notes. What I do know is that I have a state of mind that, when I enter it, its as if I am in touch with all the buddhas and ancestors before me. I feel my fingertips on the keyboard and realize Bodhidharma or Dogen or the Buddha. Sometimes its just a blank sheet of virtual paper staring back at me. Other times its real paper and I use my fountain pen to jot down notes in my journal. In either case, Ancestors, words, and body are one. At such times, something unfolds and presents itself. I am as often as surprised as, perhaps, you are. Painting and music seem to be like this as well.
What this says to me is that if we settle down and pull ourselves together while simultaneously focusing our attention on the moment and loosening our grip on the moment, our true nature has the opportunity to speak in various ways. Just an observation.
Friday, April 18: Yesterday I was part of an Honor Guard at the funeral of a deceased Vietnam Veteran. It was a hot, sunny day and we stood for a long time in the sun. I am finding this practice is similar to the practice of sitting with a decaying body, a practice the Buddha suggested we do in order to realize our karmic nature. Sitting (or in this case, standing) with death brings us in touch with both the finite and the infinite. We reflect on the interconnected relationship of both. And so it goes.
PLEASE NOTE: After consideration, I have decided we will not practice in the Zendo this Sunday as it is Easter.