Honour And Offer Up

Home Altar
An altar can be a focus for ones spiritual aspirations and intentions to walk the Way. This afternoon I gathered items together and arranged them thus. The basic elements would be a Buddha statue/scroll, light, flowers, incense, water. An altar is living, ever changing. I place items I’ve been donated into the bowl on the right. There’s a photograph of my teacher and her teachers and of Iain late of Little House in The Paddy blog. In the middle, close to the feet of the statue is the small container of sands from the River Ganges given to me in August.

There in ones heart/altar precious treasure to let go of, and thus honour.

Resolution Of Upset

If you haven’t been over to Field of Merit in the last few hours I suggest you go and read this article by Rev. Alicia. She says it so well, and clearly.

OK, so situations generally need to be resolved, I’m not disputing that. But if we are disturbed or upset by challenging conditions, an annoying person or a malfunctioning object and we think that our peace of mind. our well-being, depends on resolving the situation, we will always be running around trying to fix everything that upsets us and never look at the root of the upset, which lies within ourselves.
It’s not about resolving the situation.

Old Word For Age Old Problem

Out and about on a frosty day.
Who has not been awake, wide awake, in predawn and find ones mind engaged in plain old worry? I have. The old word for that condition is uhtceare. Doesn’t make one feel any better about it but giving it a name, and outing the fact that this happens to the best of us, perhaps helps with acceptance. Uht = before dawn and ceare = care.

On Book of The Week on Radio 4 there will be readings every morning at 9.45 am from the book The Horologicon, or book of hours. This book is slated to be this years alternative best selling Christmas book apparently. I listened to the reading this morning and it is packed with unpronounceable words describing everyday conditions such as waking up feeling rough – philogrobolized! And we all awaken by something; the central heating, an alarm, the neighbours truck struggling to start. This would be your expergefactor.

Yes, I like words. I don’t necessarily remember them when I come across new ones. Or in this case old ones. However it is the utter playfulness that spills in around words and word use that has me smiling. The author of The Horologicon Mark Forsyth writes a blog called Inky Fool with the most interesting and useful link list. If, that is, you are at all interested in words and writing generally.

The photograph is only slightly relevant to this post however I wanted to test out uploading large files and see how they rendered. I’d not been happy with the quality of photos on Jade for some time. I see an improvement. Somebody pointed out that the photographs can now be seen full size by clicking on them.

Looking Back Looking Forward

I like to think this rainbow ushers in a new dawn and hope it brings new interest and energy here. And some cheer too.

A rainbow arcs over the Borrowdale valley looking towards Derwent Water in the center of the English Lake District. Snapped by a fellow walker.

So, Jade Mountains Buddha Hall, this weblog, has transitioned into a new home and as with all moves there are changes. Change in appearance and by all accounts that seems to be welcomed. Changes to how features work – comments have been switched back on again and as always I welcome readers input. And for me there are behind-the scenes switches and levers I need to learn to master. For the record the banner photograph was taken by me while on a Sangha walk up to Nine Standard Rigg in Eastern Cumbria.

With the aid of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine I retrieved Jades original About page published some time in mid 2003. I didn’t write a lot back then however I was glad to see the post The Road Not Taken was logged in the archive and so I have pulled it back into the current site. And at such times as these, moving house, it is perhaps good to reflect on the original intention that inspired me to maintain an on-line presence in the first place. So here is my first post, The Entrenching Tool!

Last November reflecting, as now, on my on-line efforts I wrote the following:

Just as with the entrenching tool on first sight Jade might look like a joke or better put, a self-indulgence. A monastic going on about herself, Where’s the Buddhist teaching in THAT? One might well ask. Unfold the site, use it, and hopefully you will find it a useful tool. A good place to return to. But most importantly, Jades meta-message if you like, Buddhist practice is not something outside of daily living or confined within the walls of monastic practice. If that comes through then I’m happy.

Yep, I can stand by that. Please keep coming back.

And a HUGE thank you to Julius who was and is the moving hand behind this transition into a new house.

Walking onwards

The way ahead

A path above Borrowdale, the Lake District.

Over the next few days Jade Mountains will pick up and walk into a new content management system. Comments will be enabled and Jade will be back to normal functioning.

_/\_ Hands together folks and fingers crossed _X_ everything goes smoothly.