mindful activism…

we will all encounter loss, be faced with illness and age, and eventually that great equalizer, death. our time here is increasingly limited and the opportunity to bring healing, light and love, easily escapes.

knowing this how can we harm?

many of us don’t face this difficult truth. many of us don’t know how to transform or heal our suffering, so we transmit it, feeding into the cycle of pain and suffering.

don’t fight people. shed light on destructive ideology. work to end what is harmful – the greed, the fear, the anger and aggression, the violence, the hate.

~j

#AllInThisTogether #OneBoat #interdependence #activism #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #LoveWins #bodhisattvas

freedom…

…when we see impermanent things as solid, this is called suffering. This cessation of suffering is when we release our demand for the world to be as we want it to be and let it resume its own contours and textures.

~

Sobun Katherine Thanas

#freedom #wisdom #impermanence #life #Zen #Buddhism #enso #JMWart

the path of anger…

it is said that anger can be a great motivator. i think this may be true, perhaps initially. when we see horrible suffering, unnecessary harm, or abusive power, it can ignite an anger inside to end the harm we see.

but anger is no place to make our home. it is intensely hot and blinding, burning up all in its wake, including ourselves and the ones we care about. anger fueled, refueled and unexamined can transform us into the very thing we believe we are fighting against, destroying relationships, isolating us, leaving us as shells of who we once were.

in the long run if we want to last and truly bring about a change to any cruelty we see, to relieve suffering and feed the love in this world, it is far more beneficial to source our motivation in compassion, to keep our heart open with equanimity and to practice kindness and joy even as we work to end cruelty and relieve the suffering we see.

in compassion – even a fierce compassion, we are able to retain our balance, see clearly, and maintain our energy for the long journey ahead.

~j

#anger #ghost #suffering #harm #compassion #humanity #brahmaviharas #Zen #Buddhism #JMWart

old and worn, just sit…

old and worn,

still breathing,

just sit.

~j

To keep your practice consistent, remember what the famous Nike ad says: “Just do it.” Don’t concern yourself with trying to get to some particular place or state of mind. Each day’s zazen will be a little different, just like the rest of life.

~

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

#zazen #meditation #practice #JustSit #JustBreathe #JustThis #Zen #Buddhism #JMWphotography #BWphotography #photography

no division…

practicing mindfulness meditation can cut through the delusion of separation.

the truth is, we are interdependent.

before we even finish our breakfast this morning, we have benefited from multitudes of people, perhaps from around the world. not to mention the soil, the rain, the sunlight, and life that sits within the food before us.

how could we even be here in this moment if it weren’t for the countless beings and arising conditions that have made it so?

we are all in the same boat crossing to the other shore. with a smile, dismiss that which would tell you otherwise. ~j

#TheLongArc #interdependence #One #community #Sangha #mindfulness #meditation #awareness #delusion #gratitude

just where you are…

the suffering in the world can appear insurmountable, the burden too great.

you only need to be where you are at this moment, courageously open hearted attending to what is in front of you.

don’t try to take it all on.

breathe and simply be a light of love in this moment.

~j

#Bodhisattva #OpenHeart #love #light #presence #Zen #enso #candle #JMWart