Tenderly Delicate – Moment of Transcendence

plants

clearing clouds ~
soft between thumb and forefinger
a new beech leaf

Anon

People labour on for years, honing their craft, their loves and their passions. Haiku, fostering/loving/caring for live things, perhaps inspiring others to follow their delights to share with others. There are many and varied ways we express ourselves, our deepest selves. It’s the heart of it, be it a towering building or a humble hut, a few choice words a single note that brings us, briefly, within and beyond our ‘selves’. Moments of transcendence.

This post is for those very dear people who were part of my miss spent youth*
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I’d never have used *that expression to describe my pre-monastic life however one of those dear people described their youth in that way and they got me thinking. Did we ‘miss spend’ or did we live those years opening our cells to extend past our individual selves? To give of ourselves. Extending wider, deeper, multi-coloured into the larger world. Moments of transcendence, each in our own unique way, we ‘go on’.

Thanks to Anon for your ongoing inspiration.

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Still Point – Only the Dance

Bowing back to known and unknown Friends. This little cat with paws folded has captured my heart, offer her your thoughts since she is struggling right now.
asai

At the still point of the turning world.
Neither flesh nor fleshless.
Neither from nor towards.
At the still point, there the dance is.
But neither arrest nor movement.
And do not call it fixity.
Where past and future are gathered.
Neither movement from no Towards.
Neither ascent nor decline.
Except for the point, the still point
There would be no dance,
and there is only the dance.

T.S.Eliot

Thank you for your support of my ‘going on’. Thank you to all those who have sent cards, wrote emails, left FB comments and ‘likes’. At present, I’m ‘going on’ as the cook for around a month so I am not able to respond individually.

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One Celebration is Everybodies Celebration

It has been a day for celebration on the 40th anniversary of being ordained by Rev. Master Jiyu over there at Shasta Abbey. My heart has been singing, my feet have been walking and the outdoors felt like spring! Primroses, Violets, Wild Pansies – here and there Bluebells.

What is it about Rainbows? Rainbows gladden the heart for no reason other than, there they are, lighting up the sky. They are the universe celebrating itself, and in a certain kind of way that’s how today has been. One celebration is everybodies celebration.
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This image was caught on camera in Germany a day or so ago.

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Speech without Words

speaking without the need of words
because breath is the oldest language
any of us know.

from a poem by Kayo Chingonyi in his book “A Blood Condition”

Thank you for this quote which has been ‘lifted’ from the comments section. Love it and fits right in with the theme of the Dharma Talks recently pointed to.

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Recognition – Drawing together the Teachings from all the Ceremonies of Jukai

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The quotes below are from the Dharma Talk on the Recognition Ceremony given during a week-long retreat in April 2021. The quote at the very bottom of the page is taken from an article in Tricycle Magazine.

As one goes on, doing one’s best to refrain from filling up via the senses, simply put refraining from reaching out via the senses, eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind. Allowing sights, sounds smells to come to you, allowing the mind to simply receive, all that you need will come to you.

There are six senses listed in Buddhism, the mind being the sixth. (I mention the Alaya Vijana in this talk, below I have linked to an article* on the Alaya Vijana for your interest.) The intellect has its place undoubtedly and takes its place, significant place. All the senses know how to function without our help, including the mind. Our mind knows how to think. So the message is, refrain from going out, seeking after, refrain from grasping, clutching at things. Zazen, practiced regularly, seems to allow for a space between seeing and acting, hearing and responding.

*The Buddhist concept of “storehouse consciousness” (Alaya Vijnana) arose about 2,000 years ago to help explain why people return so often to the same emotional states and viewpoints.

May 8th is traditionally marked as the Buddha’s Birthday, aka Wesak, or the Festival of Flowers. Here at Throssel, it has just started to snow! The Daffodils hang their heads, but we’re not. Right?

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Practice Within The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives