Mar 25

impermanence

Nothing remains the same for two consecutive moments. Heraclitus said we can never bathe twice in the same river. Confucius, while looking at a stream, said, “It is always flowing, day and night.” The Buddha implored us not just to talk about impermanence, but to use it as an instrument to help us penetrate deeply into reality and obtain liberating insight. We may be tempted to say that because things are impermanent, there is suffering. But the Buddha encouraged us to look again. Without impermanence, life is not possible. How can we transform our suffering if things are not impermanent? How can our daughter grow up into a beautiful young lady? How can the situation in the world improve? We need impermanence for social justice and for hope.

If you suffer, it is not because things are impermanent. It is because you believe things are permanent. When a flower dies, you don’t suffer much, because you understand that flowers are impermanent. But you cannot accept the impermanence of your beloved one, and you suffer deeply when she passes away. 
If you look deeply into impermanence, you will do your best to make her happy right now. Aware of impermanence, you become positive, loving and wise. Impermanence is good news. Without impermanence, nothing would be possible. With impermanence, every door is open for change. Impermanence is an instrument for our liberation.

Tich naht Hahn

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Mar 20

Thich Nhat Hanh, interview Part 2

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Mar 20

Thich Nhat Hanh, interview Part 1

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Mar 20

Koan # 7 Wash your Bowl

wash the bowl

today’s koan

CASE 7. JOSHU’S WASHING THE BOWL

A monk told Joshu, “I have just entered this monastery. I beg you to teach me.” Joshu asked, “Have you eaten your rice porridge?” The monk replied, “I have.” “Then,” said Joshu, “Go and wash your bowl.” At that moment the monk was enlightened.

Mumon’s Comment: Joshu opened his mouth, showed his gall-bladder (true mind) and the depth of his heart. If this monk did not really listen to and grasp the truth, he indeed mistook the bell for a pitcher.

He made it so simple and clear, It might take a long time to catch the point, If one realizes that it’s stupid to search for fire with a lantern light, The rice would not take so long to be done.

Knowing that the Zen Masters use metaphors and knowing that the koans cannot be solved with rational thought but intuitively what does the bowl represent?

Please reply – we would love to hear your thoughts

 

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Mar 19

Case #3 Gutei’s Finger from the Gateless Gate

 

A study koan for today from Delani

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The Case #3 Gutei’s Finger

Whatever he was asked about Zen, Master Gutei simply stuck up one finger. He
had a boy attendant whom a visitor asked, “What kind of teaching does your master give?”
The boy held up one finger too. Hearing of this, Gutei cut off the boyʼs finger with a knife.
As the boy ran away screaming with pain, Gutei called to him. When the boy turned his
head, Gutei stuck up one finger. The boy was suddenly enlightened.
When Gutei was about to die, he said to the assembled monks, “I received this one-finger Zen from Tenryu; Iʼve used it all my life, but I have not exhausted it.” Having said this, he entered nirvana.

 

Comment:  Knowing that koans are paradoxical and can not be understood with rational thought; but understood intuitively. And knowing that the Zen Masters used metaphors in their koans,

What do think the finger represents?

Why do you think Gutei had not exhausted it?

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Mar 19

Meditation and Less Sleep?

I find that since I have been meditating on a regular basis, I require far less sleep (4 hours).  Studies show that quality of sleep is more important than the amount of time you sleep.  If you sleep 8-9 hours and toss and turn, wake repeatedly and go back to sleep,  you may likely find yourself unrested in the morning.

I feel meditation had helped me to fall asleep quickly, have some pleasant dreams, and wake up very refreshed after four hours.

I had this discussion with another staff member who meditates faithfully every day.  She requires 3 good hours of sleep and has sufficient energy to have a full active life during the day.

I am very interested to hear what you think about this?   There is a reply area that you can post to on this topic.  We would love to hear from you!

Namaste

Delani co founder of the Buddha Center

 

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Mar 19

Bak Lim Sa – Chogye Temple in Summitville New York

This is my temple in New York.  A visitor took the video of the grounds.  He shows the temple, the bell tower and a walk to the stupa, where a Śarīra of the Buddha is housed. This was brought to the USA from Korea by my Zen Master.  Enjoy the stroll.

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Mar 17

Update Buddha Center Teaching and Meditation Regular Schedule

Monday
08:30 AM SLT – 30 minutes of silent meditation with Tashi Aura in the main temple
01:00 PM SLT – 1st and 3rd of the month teaching with Venerable Wayne Slacker in Deer Park (in voice)
05:30 PM SLT -30 minutes of silent meditation with Cysix Sage in the main temple
06:30 PM SLT – 2nd and 4th of the month teaching with Venerable Wayne Slacker in Deer Park (in voice)

Tuesday
01:30 AM SLT – 30 minutes of silent meditation with Harmony in the main temple.
08:30 AM SLT – 30 minutes of silent meditation with Harmony in the main temple.
06:30 PM SLT – 30 minutes of relaxing meditation with Sanjali in Deer Park (in voice)
07:30 PM SLT – Pali Discussion Group moderated by Dar in Deer Park (in voice)

Wednesday
08:30 AM SLT – Meditation short talk and meditation to follow with Delani in the main temple (in voice)
09:00 AM SLT – Metta meditation with JenLanSerra at the Deer Park (in voice)
01:00 PM SLT – Jataka tales and meditation with Zino March in the main temple (in voice)
05:30 PM SLT – 30 minutes of silent meditation with Cysix Sage in the main temple
07:00 PM SLT – 45 minute Zen Buddhism discussion group moderated by Gatz Destiny in Deer Park (in voice)

Thursday
01:30 AM SLT – 30 minutes of silent meditation with Harmony in the main temple.
08:30 AM SLT – 30 minutes of silent meditation with Tashi Aura in the main temple
01:00 PM SLT – Lecture with Swami Luminos; “Journey into the Thought World of Early Buddhism” in the main temple (in voice)
03:00 PM SLT – Metta class with Dar in the main temple (in voice)
06:30 PM SLT – 30 minutes of relaxing meditation with Sanjali in Deer Park (in voice)

Friday
08:00 AM SLT -– 30 minutes of silent meditation with Harmony in main temple
12:00 PM SLT – Teaching with Ealadha Glasswing in the main temple (in voice)
02:00 PM SLT – Teaching with Venerable Wayne Slacker in the main temple (in voice)

Saturday
08:30 AM SLT – 30 minutes of relaxing meditation with Sanjali in Deer Park (in voice)
02:00 PM SLT – Lecture with Tseten Thokmey in Deer Park (in voice)

Sunday
10:30 AM SLT – Puja ceremony held every last Sunday of the month in the main temple (in voice)
02:00 PM SLT – Lecture with Tseten Thokmey in Deer Park (in voice)
Teachings – To Be Announced
Teachings by Lodro Kamala
Teachings by Lama Tsewang
Teachings by Venerable David
Teachings by Venerable Wayne
Teachings by Teak Zenovka
Teachings by DoKwang
RL teaching with Zino March

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Mar 16

A Journey Into Homelessness” 03-12-15 : 6 Months At Bhavana: Anagarika

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Mar 15

A lesson in Vipassanā by Dar of the Buddha Center

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