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Monthly Archives: April 2009

  • Sanity Shines Through

    April 30, 2009

    From the hinayana point of view, cessation means being able to prevent problems or use them up. The Sanskrit word for cessation is nirodha, and in Tibetan, it is gokpa, which in verb form means "to stop" or "to prevent." The idea of cessation is not so much being calmed down as suddenly being stopped.

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  • Rocks and Pinetrees Speak for Us

    April 27, 2009

    Along with summer's drum, we produce occasional thundershowers, wet and dry messages: We are not shy, We are so proud - We can make a wound in a pine tree and it bleeds sap, and courts us, in spite of the setting sun's shadow, They bend and serve so graciously, whether dead or alive.

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  • A Deeper Sense of Freedom

    April 21, 2009

    In working with yourself, you start with the outer form; then that outer form brings an inner feeling; and finally that inner feeling brings a deeper sense of freedom. So it is a threefold process. This same process could apply to anything you do.

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  • Being Meticulous is Not Based on Fear

    April 20, 2009

    Cessation and salvation come to you as you become a reasonable person. You become reasonable and meticulous because you cease to be sloppy and careless. Therefore, there is a sense of relief. Meticulousness is exemplified by oryoki practice, a formal style of serving and eating food that has its origins in Zen Buddhism.

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  • Hope is Respect for the Truth

    April 15, 2009

    Although you may not have experienced the final development (enlightenment) yet, it is no big secret that there is a final development. You can't pretend that the Buddha didn't exist and still talk about his teachings, because he actually did it—he achieved enlightenment. We can't keep that a secret.

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