Today we start summertime, and soon we’ll be expecting the spring equinox.
I brought in a branch of star magnolia. Pussy willow buds taken inside have started
opening and showing white petals, while outside they are still tightly closed. Soon
we will have all kinds of flowers blooming after the spring equinox. After the fall
equinox leaves fall and flowers finish blooming.
We need a paradigm shift from karma to dharma, ego to eco, to shift the tide from
torrential to tranquil, from karma calamity and sin suffering to dharma delight and
zen (jhāna) joy. The Awakened Way is to shift the Triple Poisons of delusion, desire,
and divisiveness to the Triple Learning of morality (sīla), concentration (samādhi),
and prognosis (prajñā).
Zen or concentration embraces morality and prognosis, shifting from the Triple
Maladies of me-ism, materialism, and militarism to the Triple Treasures of Buddaha
(Awakened One), Dharma (Awakened Norm of all forms), and Sangha (Awakened
Community), realizing nirvana and awakening (bodhi), attaining amrita (ambrosia,