we donโ€™t have to hate…

“Hate is as virulent as poison and so I will not indulge it.”

~ Maya Angelou

hate does not spontaneously manifest. it grows from seeds of thoughts and feelings of fear and anger that have not been tended to, that have not been cared for, or transformed. we are not our thoughts and feelings of fear, or anger, or hate. underneath these are a tenderness, an openness, a resilience that is love, that is us. meditation can give us a way to practice changing our relationship to thought, to feelings, to our fear and anger. we can practice a path of alchemy, of healing, of love, and not of hate.

~j


#hate #poison #anger #fear #OpenHeart #healing #alchemy #meditation #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #JMWart

no harming…

As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.

~

Buddha

#NoHarm #nonaggression #nonviolence #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #PhotoArt #photography

practicing waking up…

Zen Student:
Is there anything I can do to make myself enlightened?

Zen Master:
As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.

Zen Student:
Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?

Zen Master:
To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.

*note: unable to find where i originally read this quote, prior to a post i made in 2014 with same quote. if anyone knows and can share, iโ€™d love to give credit ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

#WakeUp #BeReady #meditation #path #practice #Zen #EngagedBuddhism #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

practice like a tree…

rooted deep in earth

lifted, reaching into light

i move with the wind.

~j

oh, to be a tree!!

practice, like a tree ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

#path #practice #life #meditation #tree #EngagedBuddhist #haiku #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #photography #BWphotography

path and practice…

this is our starting point and the fruition of our practice. ultimately, we are waking up to what is already true, who we already are underneath all the layers of false sense of self, and all of the patterns and habits we use to protect and preserve that false sense of self. our practice is one of shedding all that is unnecessary, all that is untrue, revealing what we really are – open, tender, warm, and luminous.

~j

#path #practice #meditation #emptiness #spacious #luminous #JinpaLhaga

beyond these gates, letโ€™s go…

time loses its hold

in nature beyond these gates

dharmas flow as one.

~j

nature is a healing balm. if weather permits where you are today, get out into it ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

#healing #balance #harmony #nature #life #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #Haiku #JMWart #photography #JinpaLhaga

clear seeing…

i love the perspective of mystics, like St. Catherine of Siena. they see in a way that is far more vast, and far deeper than most of us. for them, there is no separation between the sacred and the mundane. from a Buddhist perspective, the underlying nature of all things is luminous, awake and spacious.

but how can we have a perspective that things are this way, when we see so much harm, so much cruelty, so much ugliness at times?

i would suggest that it is the very act of not recognizing things as sacred and luminous, which can be called ignorance, that propels the harm and cruelty we see. if we were to really see others as sacred, the environment as sacred, then maybe we would harm less, we’d care about the person going hungry, living without healthcare, or a home. we’d care about the environment and all the life that depends on it being healthy.

we can practice this perspective, through insight, by uprooting our ignorance and the destructive patterns of attachment and aversion that arise from it. meditation can give us the time and space to practice this.

~j

#sacred #luminous #meditation #insight #path #practice #ChristianMysticism #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga

500,000

500,000

a year into this pandemic, we have now surpassed this grim number, 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19. the highest of any nation on earth, more lives lost than in WWI, WWII, and Vietnam combined.

mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, friends…all lives that loved and were loved, who had dreams, goals, wishes, regrets, and prayers…

please do not become numb to the loss of life, to mass death and the toll it takes on individuals and to us as a community.

so many are tired and weary, this long year taking its toll, but for many moving on is impossible and moving forward, they will never be the same. there is a hole, a deep wound, worthy of our empathy, our compassion and care, our attention and honor.

i have known some who have lost their lives to this virus, and many who have lost family members and friends. this number represents real lives, lives that will be deeply missed.

life does move forward and we too will move forward, but let’s do so honoring those who are no longer present in this space and who will be missed. let’s do so by receiving the vaccine when it is our turn to do so, let’s do so by wearing our masks, and responsibly social distancing.

mass death should not be and is not inevitable.

holding all in my heart with love.

~j

#COVID19 #death #grief #life

#SitDownRiseUp

there is a phrase/hashtag used by some Engaged Buddhists that i really like. it is #SitDownRiseUp. i like the harmony/balance of it.

our seated, formal meditation where we train with our mind and heart, is preparation for stepping into the world to bring benefit and reduce suffering.

and what we are training to do on our cushion, at least partly, is to get up and relate to the world with the same mindful and open-hearted energy, so that we are a benefit to others.

~j

#EngagedBuddhism #path #practice #meditation #mindfulness #ThichNhatHanhQuotes #JinpaLhaga