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- cultivation: verification (修：証）
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- from artificial pyramidal civilization to natural cyclical (Indranet) culture
- Function free and full
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- Home coming
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- Nuclear bombs
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- Samadhi (concentration)
- Shikan-taza (只管打坐)
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- Store-consciousness (ālaya-vijñāna)
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- Supramundane (loka-uttara)
- Transmigrating (Six Worlds/Ways)
- Triple Learnings
- Triple Treasures (Buddha/Dharma/Sangha)
- True treasure
- Vesak Day
- Voluntary simplicity
- Wholly Wholesome Way/World
HOPE YOU CAN COME THIS COMING SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014,
THE HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI REMEMBRANCE,
STARTING AT 5:30 PM
AT THE ETHICAL SOCIETY,
9001 CLAYTON ROAD
ST. LOUIS WILPF,
8 CO-SPONSORS LISTED BELOW.
PLEASE BRING A SALAD, MAIN DISH OR DESSERT.
JASMINE MAURER OF THE PEACE ECONOMY PROJECT WILL READ
A STATEMENT FROM THE MAYOR OF HIROSHIMA
AFTER THE POTLUCK, AT 6:55 PM.
PROFESSOR ROY TAMASHIRO WILL PRESENT FROM 7:00 TO 8:00 PM.
A PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION AT WEBSTER UNIVERSITY,
PROFESSOR TAMASHIRO WILL SPEAK ON HIROSHIMA AND PEACE.
A COPY OF THE FLIER BY MARY JANE SCHUTZIUS IS ATTACHED.
ST. LOUIS WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM
HAS BEEN HOLDING SUCH HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI REMEMBRANCES FOR MANY YEARS.
LONG-TIME MEMBERS ELDORA SPIEGELBERG AND FLORENCE JOHNSON WERE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THIS EVENT.
ELDORA ONCE TOLD A POST-DISPATCH REPORTER THAT SHE DID NOT ATTEND FIREWORKS DISPLAYS BECAUSE THEY LOOK LIKE BOMBS.
THANKS AGAIN TO OUR EIGHT GREAT CO-SPONSORS, LISTED BELOW.
THE SUNDAY EVENING PEACE VIGIL
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE CHURCH IS SO COMMITTED THAT IT CANCELLED ITS WEEKLY VIGIL ON JULY 27, 2014, SO THAT EVERYONE CAN ATTEND OUR HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI REMEMBRANCE.
SUNDAY EVENING PEACE VIGIL AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE CHURCH (7-7:30 PM EACH SUN.EXCEPT 7/27/14)
CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
ETHICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OF ST. LOUIS ETHICAL SOCIETY
PALESTINE SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE
WOMEN IN BLACK, ST. LOUIS
ST. LOUIS FRIENDS MEETING
PEACE ECONOMY PROJECT
VETERANS FOR PEACE, ST. LOUIS
We have now a still, serene summer Sunday after sitting. We can see the beautiful
sun, sky, lush leaves, abundant flowers, fruits, and hear birds singing. As we
cultivate, we verify. As we seed, we reap.
Weeds and vines thrive and squirrels and rabbits are also rampant. Grape-like vines
cover hibiscus trees and rabbits cut morning glory, even dug and eat the lily roots
planted for the Buddha.
All these seem natural, but they have come from karmas. Karmas cut holy harmony
and create separated suffering. Short-sights and short-circuits may serve for selfish
profits, but harm holy happiness.
Holiness is sometimes added as the fourth element to truth, goodness, and beauty -
corresponding to intellect, volition, and emotion - but should come first to make
they truly holy - wholly wholesome - way world.
For this purpose we must sit, stop karmas, and see the dharmas in the holy (wholly
wholesome) perspective, proportion, and priority. We have abundant flowers and
fruits, even if squirrels and rabbits ravage.
These small animals can’t climb lattice-laden grapes and pears or cross over fences.
Humans must caution their small, separated, selfish truth, goodness, and beauty -
sciences, technologies, politics, economics, arts, and arms.
Join us Sunday October 5, 2014 @ 1pm at the
Sons of Rest Pavilion [SE corner of park] in Tower
Grove Park for a 5K walk to benefit Buddhist
Global Relief, founded by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
At each 1K mark receive “karma”. Collect all 5 and receive a gift at
the finish line!
Suggested donation of $25 includes T-shirt.
Or feel free to join us the day of event and donate any amount to help the hungry.
Register online @ http://www.maba-usa.org/BuddhistGlobalReliefWalk
Please register by 9-15-14.
Late registration up to and including day of event: $30.
Please bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated
and be green!
Buddhist Council of Greater Saint Louis
Please patronize our generous sponsors:2014.4
Did you see the full moon last night? The full moon represents the bright, beautiful
Buddha heart – calm, clear, and complete in its form and function in fullness
(round and radiant). It is reflecting the Sun of truth and illuminating the earth
in coolness and quietude.
The Buddha heart comes from the Buddha-heart-seal of solid and serene sitting
as seen in his statues. Sitting serves stopping Karma-kinetics (nirvana), settling
in the Dharma-dhātu (domain, root), and savoring amrita, ambrosia or
immortality – limitless light, liberation, life, and love.
Ichi-en-sō (One round form, unified perfect form) expresses the full moon
representing the wholly wholesome way and world of the Buddhas. Karmas create
division, delusion, and desire in antagonism, alienation, and attachment, thus
the Triple Poisons and the Triple maladies.
As all are in karma-kinesis, the concrete countermeasures are to still and see them
with the wholly wholesome way (Eightfold Holy Way, Sevenfold Awakening Way,
etc.). So, sustained strenuous striving only serves for such a purpose. Only practice
makes possible and perfect. Let’s practice constantly!
We have now a cool summer Sunday after our sittings. We had Independence Day on
July 4. We will have Tanabata (七夕) on July 7, which celebrates the once a year
meeting of Orihime (織姫, Weaver Girl, Vega) and Kengyū (牽牛, Cowboy, Altair)
across Ama-no-gawa (天の川, Heaven River, Milky Way). Taking this opportune
occasion, people express their wishes by writing on paper slips and hanging them on
bamboo trees planted near the entrance to their houses (originally the wishes were to
become skillful at weaving, then at any skill, and now anything).
The Declaration of Independence proclaims people’s independence from a colonial
power, asserting the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness arbitrarily
confiscated by feudal lords. Rights must accompany responsibilities, but often they
are claimed arbitrarily, with disregard for the latter. Thus, they become limited, ego-
centric life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the triple poisons of greed, anger,
and delusion, resulting in a fight for the triple maladies of materialism, militarism,
The triple poisons and maladies come from karmas. The fundamental solution lies in
stopping karmas with the triple learnings of sīla (morality), samādhi
(concentration), and prajñā (prognosis), and the holiness (wholly wholesomeness) of
harmony, health, and happiness. Sitting and stopping karmas leads to samādhi,
which embraces sīla and prajñā, enabling one to attain unconditioned peace
(nirvana) and unsurpassed awakening (bodhi), and to settle in and serve for holy
harmony, health, and happiness.
We wish the Awakened Way of cultivation and verification of the triple learnings and
holiness with amrita, ambrosia, immortality, not only on the day of Tanabata, but
every day, everywhere, not only for us, but also for all. We weave with skillful means
beautiful tapestries of all beings in limitless life, liberation, love, and light, not
egoism, ego-nomy, and ego-logy, but eco-ism, eco-nomy, and eco-logy with holy
truth, beauty, goodness, and peace, all the time, at all places.
We have a beautiful Sunday in sesshin, with a lot of beautiful flowers and lush
greenery around us. Sesshin (摂心) is embracing the heart/mind, like a turtle
embracing limbs and head within its shell, without wandering around and working
with leaks. Sesshin (接心) also means touching the heart/mind, like touching ice or
fire directly witnessing it, though usually we live using almost automatic responses
with small selfish karmas without a great, mature, and joyful heart/mind.
I have been watching a baby grow from a helpless state to one of more developed and
controlled sense and motor organs, with attention and actions, crying, calling,
contacting, coordinating, articulating, identifying, distinguishing, and separating.
Alienation creates egoism, exploitative economies, and an exploited ecology – now
global warming (as the Buddha said, “The world ablaze, as eyes ablaze, ears…”),
the Stolen Future (as he said, “Parents lost in the desert eat the son’s flesh”), etc.
We must make a paradigm shift, as we are at the critical cliff of catastrophic mass
extinction – due to us, for us. The Buddha opened the gate of amrita, ambrosia,
immortality, for all to sit, stop karmas, and see the Dharma of Dependent
Origination. Zazen is to witness the Dharma domain/body before our parents giving
birth to us. Schumacher recommended a Buddhist economy in his book Small Is
Beautiful, telling us to cultivate “small desire to know satisfaction.”
The Four Holy Truths tell us of suffering, the source of it (craving), the cessation of it
(nirvana), and the path for it. The path usually identified as the Eightfold Holy Path
or Way is right view and thinking, right speech, action, and livelihood, right striving,
mindfulness, and concentration. These (three gruops) correspond to the Triple
Learning (prajñā, sīla, samādhi), which stops the Triple Poisons (craving, anger,
and delusion). Zazen embraces the Triple Learning and touches nirvana in amrita.
We had a shower with thunder last night and could enjoy lush green gardens this
morning. While we have been sitting, we could hear the rain rustling on leaves,
starting with thunder and with a haze of rain following. We can now enjoy the
fresh green wind going throughout the world of our still sitting.
We call animals dō-butsu (moving things), plants and places sei-butsu (still things).
Plants sit still thriving on earth, water, air, fire (sun), wind, and space (four or five
elements). Buddhists added consciousness as the sixth element, which evolved
through movements for food, shelter, and clothing, etc.
Motor and sense organs have developed into perceptions, emotions, volitions, and
conceptions called mind. The mind-body-world complex is inseparable, but
conventionally separated as if independent entities, creating delusion,
discrimination, destruction, etc., into mass extinction, and ecological extremes.
Sitting stills karmas – movements and minds – and unifies into harmony, holiness,
and happiness with calm, clear, clean conditions like trees in our wholly wholesome
world of truth, peace, and purity, like a lake without turbulence and turbidity,
with wind and waves stilled (nirvana) in amrita, ambrosia, immortality.
Rain rustling on leaves
Penetrating through sitting
Solstice lush green!
Enjoy seibutsu and dō-butsu scenes (at the center and on the Brentwood Blvd.
- trotting toward the fountain in front of its city sign seen on the way back)!