Awakened or Adumbrated

 

 

Good morning!

 

We are now officially in spring, since February 4, so it is brighter and warmer now.

Especially after sittings and service we feel brighter and warmer in harmony and

happiness. Wholly wholesomeness depends on our practice in truth and peace.

Even being born, we may become wolves or awakened ones depending on

environment, education, effort, etc. Dr. Suzuki often told the story of girls fostered

by wolves, and taught parents not to make their children wolves.

 

Villagers in the suburbs of Kolkota (Calcutta) found monsters like wolves with long

hair, glaring eyes, etc. in the forest, and caught them. They ran on all fours, could see

in the darkness and smell meat more than 200 feet away, howled with other wolves

at certain times at night, and were like and liked animals more than human children

even after they were caught and put into an orphanage. They were discarded by their

parents and saved and raised by wolves.

 

They seemed to be girls of two and seven when they were found. The younger one

was named A-mala and the older one Ka-mala. Amala died one year later, but the

older one survived eight more years. Kamala could not understand the death of

Amala for a day, but she shed streaks of tears, noticing no more movement in her,

after she tried to move her, open her eyes, etc. Kamala gradually adjusted to the

human world and behavior, but she never stopped howling with other wolves.

 

Recently I watched an NHK program titled Science for Everyone, where they

discussed the discovery of the mechanism of weather-related pains (pains in bad

weather) and our heart ability. They found that weather pains are caused by a

disturbance in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) in the inner ear. It excites air

pressure sensor cells, which disturbs the lymph, which contradicts the visual sense,

whose perplexity causes sympathetic nerves to excite the pain nerves, causing pain

and the nerves around the capillaries to cause swelling.

 

Another aspect of pain is heart ability. The subject endures up to the endurable

amount of electric shock. Then, he is given a special ball made of special material

from South America to block the electric shock on his palm. He could then endure

up to the maximum test point, where ordinary people cannot endure. The ball was,

in fact, nothing but an ordinary rubber ball. The relationship between the heart and

pain was shown by a deep meditation state and an ordinary state – painless and

painful.

 

The above experiment of meditation demonstrated that meditation activated the

NAcc, which secrets brain dopes (6.5 times stronger than morphine) to lessen pain.

The NAcc function is decreased by stress and increased by joy experiences. We talked

about the fact that meditation increases the growth of the brain’s gray matter and

Telomere genes, as well as causing alpha waves to increase, etc. last week. The

episode and experiment shows the crucial power of the head, heart, and hara (gut)

and all kinds of factors intricately interrelated.

 

Hyakujo, who compiled the famous Hyakujō-Shingi (Purity Code), saw an old man

staying after his Dharma-talk, and asked him why. He said “I lived in this mountain

and was asked by a learner if the greatly cultivated one would fall into causal law.

I answered that such a one would not fall, and fell into a fox life for five hundred

lives. Please give me a word for transformation.” “Not adumbrated in causality.”

The old man was greatly awakened and could get rid of fox lives.

 

Some people practice meditation and become adumbrated with arrogance, leading

themselves and others into miserable mires of hungry ghosts, fighting devils, beastly

beings, and hell beings. Asahara, leader of Aum Shinrikyo, claimed the final

enlightenment and final fight for its empire with Sarin, etc. Some prime ministers

practice meditation and mislead themselves and the whole nation to nukes and

wars, disregarding traditional Peace Constitutions. They must quit their foxy and

wolf-like practice.

 

2/8/15

 

 

 

 

 

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Hyakujo Ekai

 

 

 

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 Great Prognosis Temple at Mt. Hyakujo

 

Great Prognosis Temple at Mt. Hyakujo

 

 

 

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 Note and Sketch of Mt. Hyakujo by Shugenkai

 

 

 

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Blossoms Blooming!

 

 

Mr. Otsuka kindly presented the following flowering pictures blooming in his garden,

Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (South West of Tokyo in Izu Peninsula). Sakura

(Cherry Blossoms) are the representative flowers of spring. Kawazu-zakura grown in

his area (first pictures) just started to bloom (two weeks later than usual this year

and last due to the severe cold weather, officially spring started February 4).

Sakura Saku (Cherry Bloomed)” used to be used to notify those students who

passed the entrance exams to universities (“Sakura Chiru – Cherry Fell” was used for

those who failed).  The iris (the fifth picture) blooms in January (usually in May).

 

 

 

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カワズ ザクラ、河津桜 (Kawazu Cherry, Cerasus lannesiana Carrière

 

 

 

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カワズ ザクラ、河津桜 (Kawazu Cherry, Cerasus lannesiana Carrière

 

 

 

 

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カワズ ザクラ 河津桜(Kawazu Cherry, Cerasus lannesiana Carrière

 

 

 

 

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チューリップ、鬱金香 (Tulip, Tulipa gesneriana)

 

 

 

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アヤメ(菖蒲、文目、綾目、Iris, Iris sanguinea

 

 

 

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クリスマスローズChristmas rose, Winter Rose, Lenten rose, Helleborus

 

 

 

 

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ヒマラヤユキノシタBergenia stracheyi

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スイセン 水仙 (Daffodil, Narcissus)

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マーガレットMarguerite, Argyranthemum frutescens

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サクラソウ 桜草 (Japanese primrose, Primula sieboldii

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ツリガネソウ カンパニュラ (Bell Flower, Campanula)

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Ending Endless Enmities

 

 

Good morning!

 

Now it is February. Time flies! Life empties! Did you hear about a Japanese journalist

who was decapitated by ISIS members? It is a detestable savagery. They warned the

Japanese Prime Minister that any Japanese anywhere is now in danger because of his

participation in the Voluntaries, to destroy them. It is a horrendous and ominous

thing, but we must know why it happened. The Japanese have been considered a

peace loving people, with its Peace Constitution renouncing wars and weaponry after

their atomic bomb experience of 70 years. Prime Minister Abe wanted to change that

history with revisionist views and bellicose venting to work with allies anywhere in

the world. He visited the Middle East to give aid to countries to contain ISIS.

We must mentally orient to the source (yoniso manasi-kāra) – why it came out –

to take revenge against the Iraq War allies!

 

The Buddha said:

 

“Abused me, hurt me, conquered me, robbed me.” 

For those who hold a grudge, enmity is never appeased.    

                                       Dhp. 3

Enmity is never appeased by enmity here,

      But by non-enmity. This is the truth forever.       

                                         Dhp. 5

Others are not conscious of “we are to die here,

But for those conscious of it, contentions cease.  

                                           Dhp.6

                                   

Winning begets enmity, because in suffering the defeated one lies down.

Being settled beyond victory and defeat, comfortably in peace one lies down.

                                                      Dhp. 201

Better than the one conquering thousands upon thousands in wars  

  Is the one conquering oneself. He is the greatest of war conquerors.  

                                                      Dhp. 103

Dogen said:

 

Clarifying life and death is the cause and condition of the most important matter 

for Buddhists… Hard is it to receive a human body, rare is it to meet the Buddha-

dharma. By virtue of previous merits, we not only have received human bodies 

difficult to receive, but also have met the Buddha-dharma rarely met. We are in the

best lives among various births and deaths and in the most blessed lives. We should 

not leave our dew-like lives to the mercy of the wind of impermanence, treating 

carelessly these most blessed bodies.

 

The impermanent is unreliable. We do not know on which blade of grass along the 

road our dew-like lives will fall. Our bodies are already not our own. Life shifts in

light and shadow, and can hardly be retained even a moment. Where has that rosy 

face gone? No trace of it can be found. When closely contemplated the past cannot 

be retrieved. When the impermanent overtakes us suddenly, neither ministers, 

friends, servants, wife, children, nor treasures can save us. Alone we pass away to 

the other world. The things that follow us are only our own actions of good and evil. 

The Shushōgi (Significance of Cultivation and Verification)

 

I remember a TV news segment showing a Palestinian boy living in the United States

vowing revenge against Israel decades ago. Is he still lying in suffering? Abe declared

vengeance against ISIS, even thinking of mobilizing the Self Defence Forces. Will he

be lying in suffering for his life, dragging all Japanese people in suffering and

vengeance forever? Are Palestinians, Israelis, Iraqis, Americans, Indians, Pakistanis,

Germans, French, Chinese, Koreans, et al. lying in suffering and vengeance forever?

If so, there will be no ending the vicious cycle of tit for tat with billions of people in

blood and tears forever. Gandhi said “An eye for an eye will make the world blind.”

Not only humans, but all livings will be affected, becoming not only blind, but buried

in blood and tears forever. For what are all born to achieve?

 

All the sufferings, going through the five destinies of fighting devils, hungry ghosts,

hell beings, beasts, humans, and celestials, come from our karmas. Karmas of living

beings through billions of years’ evolution and in social settings – isms, ideologies,

customs, conditionings – has made us into self-centered, self-surviving systems.

Unless one becomes awakened to this truth and wakefully reorients one’s own

karmas as well as others’, one cannot be liberated from karma-conditionings.

The sole way of stilling karmas is to sit and still physical, verbal, and mental karmas

(actions, functions, forms, habits). Then only can one witness nirvana, windless of

karmas, and amrita, ambrosia of immortality. Abe is reportedly practicing Zazen.

We sincerely hope his practice makes perfect, to attain nirvana and awaken to the

truth the Buddha taught us – becoming a Bodhisattva to save all prior to oneself.

 

2/1/15

 

P.S. We read the following poem by Ryokan during discussion and tea:

 

The Hare in the moon

Long, long time ago

there lived in the world

Monkey, Hare and Fox

bound in friendship

playing in the morn

in field and on mount,

returning in the evening

into forest.

Thusly as years passed,

the Lord of Heaven, 

hearing it, wanted

to know if its true.

Becoming an old man,

he tottered along

to where they lived,

and asked them,

I have heard that

you are different 

in species, but are

playing in the same

mind among yourselves.

If it is as I heard,

Please help this old man

of his hunger.

So saying he rested,

throwing his staff aside:

Having said, It is easy,

and after a while,

Monkey came collecting nuts,

From the woods behind.

Fox gave fish to him

brought from a stream in front.

Hare hopped and jumped,

but nothing to gain.

Being abused of the mind

Different, poor indeed,

the Hare plotted and said,

Monkey, bring firewood.

Fox, please set fire!

As they did as asked,

the Hare threw herself

into the smoke, and gave

herself to the old stranger.

The old man, upon seeing this,

cried bitterly looking up

the high heaven, and 

fell down to the ground.

In a while, beating his bosom,

he said, You three friends

are inferior to none of you,

but the Hare is specially

kind-hearted, and

resuming the heavenly body,

picked up the dead body, and

sent it to the moon palace.

The Hare in the moon

Is because of this 

Thus up until the present time

It has been told, and 

Hearing this I also

drenched thoroughly

the sleeves of my robe.

She offered her invaluable

body to the old man.

Poor are we now not hearing

Such in this world.

Lets continue telling, talking,

and remembering dearly

the mind mirror polished

for endless eons to come.

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Mourning of Mother, Father, Family, Friends, Ancestors,…

All of them mourn for the murdered victim as their part and parcel,

Murderers’ Mothers, Fathers, Families, Friends, Ancestors,…

Also mourn for their parts and parcels murdering men

Same as themselves and their valuable parts and parcels

Never ending tears and thighs!

For what were they born?

For what were you born?

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A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

 

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A Buddhist Declaration
on Climate Change

The Declaration that follows presents a unique spiritual view of climate change and our urgent responsibility to address the solutions. It emerged from the contributions of over 20 Buddhist teachers of all traditions to the book A Buddhist Respose to the Climate EmergencyThe Time to Act is Now was composed as a pan-Buddhist statement by Zen teacher Dr David Tetsuun Loy and senior Theravadin teacher Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi with scientific input from Dr John Stanley.

The Dalai Lama was the first to sign this Declaration. We invite all concerned members of the international Buddhist community to study the document and add their voice by co-signing it at the end of this page.

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Today we live in a time of great crisis, confronted by the gravest challenge that humanity has ever faced: the ecological consequences of our own collective karma. The scientific consensus is overwhelming: human activity is triggering environmental breakdown on a planetary scale. Global warming, in particular, is happening much faster than previously predicted, most obviously at the North Pole. For hundreds of thousands of years, the Arctic Ocean has been covered by an area of sea-ice as large as Australia—but now this is melting rapidly. In 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecast that the Arctic might be free of summer sea ice by 2100. It is now apparent that this could occur within a decade or two. Greenland’s vast ice-sheet is also melting more quickly than expected. The rise in sea-level this century will be at least one meter—enough to flood many coastal cities and vital rice-growing areas such as the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

Glaciers all over the world are receding quickly. If current economic policies continue, the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau, source of the great rivers that provide water for billions of people in Asia, are likely to disappear by mid-century. Severe drought and crop failures are already affecting Australia and Northern China. Major reports—from the IPCC, United Nations, European Union, and International Union for Conservation of Nature—agree that, without a collective change of direction, dwindling supplies of water, food and other resources could create famine conditions, resource battles, and mass migration by mid-century—perhaps by 2030, according to the U.K.’s chief scientific advisor.

Global warming plays a major role in other ecological crises, including the loss of many plant and animal species that share this Earth with us. Oceanographers report that half the carbon released by burning fossil fuels has been absorbed by the oceans, increasing their acidity by about 30%. Acidification is disrupting calcification of shells and coral reefs, as well as threatening plankton growth, the source of the food chain for most life in the sea.

Eminent biologists and U.N. reports concur that “business-as-usual” will drive half of all species on Earth to extinction within this century. Collectively, we are violating the first precept—“do not harm living beings”—on the largest possible scale. And we cannot foresee the biological consequences for human life when so many species that invisibly contribute to our own well-being vanish from the planet.

Many scientists have concluded that the survival of human civilization is at stake. We have reached a critical juncture in our biological and social evolution. There has never been a more important time in history to bring the resources of Buddhism to bear on behalf of all living beings. The four noble truths provide a framework for diagnosing our current situation and formulating appropriate guidelines—because the threats and disasters we face ultimately stem from the human mind, and therefore require profound changes within our minds. If personal suffering stems from craving and ignorance—from the three poisons of greed, ill will, and delusion—the same applies to the suffering that afflicts us on a collective scale. Our ecological emergency is a larger version of the perennial human predicament. Both as individuals and as a species, we suffer from a sense of self that feels disconnected not only from other people but from the Earth itself. As Thich Nhat Hanh has said, “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” We need to wake up and realize that the Earth is our mother as well as our home—and in this case the umbilical cord binding us to her cannot be severed. When the Earth becomes sick, we become sick, because we are part of her.

Our present economic and technological relationships with the rest of the biosphere are unsustainable. To survive the rough transitions ahead, our lifestyles and expectations must change. This involves new habits as well as new values. The Buddhist teaching that the overall health of the individual and society depends upon inner well-being, and not merely upon economic indicators, helps us determine the personal and social changes we must make.

Individually, we must adopt behaviors that increase everyday ecological awareness and reduce our “carbon footprint”. Those of us in the advanced economies need to retrofit and insulate our homes and workplaces for energy efficiency; lower thermostats in winter and raise them in summer; use high efficiency light bulbs and appliances; turn off unused electrical appliances; drive the most fuel-efficient cars possible, and reduce meat consumption in favor of a healthy, environmentally-friendly plant-based diet.

These personal activities will not by themselves be sufficient to avert future calamity. We must also make institutional changes, both technological and economic. We must “de-carbonize” our energy systems as quickly as feasible by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources that are limitless, benign and harmonious with nature. We especially need to halt the construction of new coal plants, since coal is by far the most polluting and most dangerous source of atmospheric carbon. Wisely utilized, wind power, solar power, tidal power, and geothermal power can provide all the electricity that we require without damaging the biosphere. Since up to a quarter of world carbon emissions result from deforestation, we must reverse the destruction of forests, especially the vital rainforest belt where most species of plants and animals live.

It has recently become quite obvious that significant changes are also needed in the way our economic system is structured. Global warming is intimately related to the gargantuan quantities of energy that our industries devour to provide the levels of consumption that many of us have learned to expect. From a Buddhist perspective, a sane and sustainable economy would be governed by the principle of sufficiency: the key to happiness is contentment rather than an ever-increasing abundance of goods. The compulsion to consume more and more is an expression of craving, the very thing the Buddha pinpointed as the root cause of suffering.

Instead of an economy that emphasizes profit and requires perpetual growth to avoid collapse, we need to move together towards an economy that provides a satisfactory standard of living for everyone while allowing us to develop our full (including spiritual) potential in harmony with the biosphere that sustains and nurtures all beings, including future generations. If political leaders are unable to recognize the urgency of our global crisis, or unwilling to put the long-term good of humankind above the short-term benefit of fossil-fuel corporations, we may need to challenge them with sustained campaigns of citizen action.

Dr James Hansen of NASA and other climatologists have recently defined the precise targets needed to prevent global warming from reaching catastrophic “tipping points.” For human civilization to be sustainable, the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is no more than 350 parts per million (ppm). This target has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama, along with other Nobel laureates and distinguished scientists. Our current situation is particularly worrisome in that the present level is already 387 ppm, and has been rising at 2 ppm per year. We are challenged not only to reduce carbon emissions, but also to remove large quantities of carbon gas already present in the atmosphere.

As signatories to this statement of Buddhist principles, we acknowledge the urgent challenge of climate change. We join with the Dalai Lama in endorsing the 350 ppm target. In accordance with Buddhist teachings, we accept our individual and collective responsibility to do whatever we can to meet this target, including (but not limited to) the personal and social responses outlined above.

We have a brief window of opportunity to take action, to preserve humanity from imminent disaster and to assist the survival of the many diverse and beautiful forms of life on Earth. Future generations, and the other species that share the biosphere with us, have no voice to ask for our compassion, wisdom, and leadership. We must listen to their silence. We must be their voice, too, and act on their behalf.

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Meditation Merits

 

 

Good morning!

 

Yesterday I sent an article to our listserve on meditation merits: regrowing DNA’s

terminating Telomeres and rebuilding the brain’s gray matter in 8 weeks. Early

scientific study started with brain wave research: increasing alpha waves. Its merits

have been known for several thousand years as the Zen posture, like the Buddha’s,

was found in a Indus civilization artifact.

 

Dogen said its merits are limitless. Limitless merits are made through different

levels of meditation, eventually in nirvana as the merit of melting limitless karma

complexes. Karma kinetics are in the fight or flight fatigue mode of struggle for

survival. Sitting stills all strife, stress, and suffering in the free and full function

mode of serenity in salvation.

 

Last Sunday we talked about Dhammapada verse 11, on misconceiving

non-essence as essence and vice versa, whose counterpart is verse 12 as follows:

 

Those who know essence as essence and non-essence as non-essence

Witness essence living in the realm of right thinking.        Dhp. 12

Humans out of their self-survival instincts strive to acquire, accumulate, and amass

matters, mights, and moneys limitlessly, considering them as essence and essential,

even sacrificing the true limitless liberation, light, love, and life. Essence (sāra) is

not rigid like heartwood, but fluid like essence or spirit extracted from plants or

grains, essence or core (coeur) of all things.

 

Essence is amrita, ambrosia of immortality, or nirvana – no-wind of karmas, karma

creations of matters, mights, moneys, and mine or me, material and mortal. The

amrita gate is opened by the Buddha for limitless meditation merits for all, but only

attained by those who enter through it with actual application to themselves with

cultivation/verification. Practice perfects.

 

1/25/15

 

Note: The article mentioned above is found at:

http://www.feelguide.com/2014/12/24/scientists-stunned-by-meditations-ability-to-regrow-dnas-age-defying-telomeres-in-cancer-patients/

 

 

 

 

 

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Essential or Non-Essential

 

 

 

Good morning!

 

Yesterday in Japan people had the 20th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony of the

Great Earthquake in Hanshin Awaji with more than 6,000 casualties. Four years ago

they had the Great Earthquake in East Japan with more than 20,000 deaths. In

Lisbon an earthquake and tsunami claimed more than 40,000. In WWII more than

100,000,000 perished. Now, more than 40,000 species per year become extinct.

Global warming burns and buries the life system and nuclear holocaust will wipe out

life from our planet any moment.

 

 

Where do these disasters and destruction come from? They come essentially from

human karmas, which drive us into the triple poisons of craving, anger, and delusion,

the source of suffering. It is critically essential for humans to wake up from these

dreadful dreams and delusions. Human karmas are ingrained in our bodies, brains,

and bio-spheres through our genes, genus, and generations throughout evolutions

and environmental manipulations. A rat-race in any domain is doomed to demise,

never to development in wholly wholesome way world.

 

 

This is due to the defect denounced in the Dhammapada we read recently:

 

Those who consider non-essence as essence and view essence as non-essence

          Never witness essence living in the realm of false thinking.

                                                                                                                              Dhp. 11

 

The original word for essence is sāra, meaning “heart(wood),” “coeur,” and “core.”

But it is not a hard substance, it is rather “fluid,” the “extract” from plants squeezed

or strained of scums, sediments settled, as in sam-sāra (total flow). Someone

reflected on the earthquake and remarked that he sought something essential, not

destroyed by an earthquake or the earthly. Humans are deluded by non-essential

things like materialism, militarism – essentially me-ism – and they destroy

everything, including themselves.

 

 

This sāra is reflecting samāhita (from samādhi, jhāna, zen), pasanna (pra-sanna,

from sad, sat, settled,serene, purity), sammā-sankappa ( sammā from sat, to be,

right thinking), etc. in the preceding verses. That is nirvana, pure peace conditioned

by nothing, no karma wind blowing up and down. It is amrita, ambrosia of

immortality, whose gate the Buddha opened for all to witness and win – not wining

in the world of karmas, secular or religious. The Buddha said religion means

cultivation. Only practice makes perfect.

 

 

1/18/15

 

 

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Neither Chill Nor Heat

 

 

 

Good morning!

We had a few very chilly days going down to five degrees F. I posted pictures of the moon, morning sun, steaming sea, ducks, and daffodils sent from Japan on our blog yesterday. The chilly air makes the water steam, and ducks enjoying swimming in the warmer water.

A monk asked Tozan (Dongshan), “When chill and heat come, how can we evade them?” Tozan said, “Why don’t you go to the realm of neither chill nor heat.” The monk said, “Where is the realm of neither chill nor heat?” ” Tozan said, “In chill, chill kills you. In heat, heat kills you.”

The Buddha used to teach lay people about donation (dāna), morality (sīla), and birth in heaven (sagga). Birth in heaven means Brahma-vihāra, Brahman’s abode or living in friendship, compassion, joy, and equanimity (upekhā, lit. throwing away, as in the fourth stage of jhāna, zen).

Dogen put them in the “great, mature, and joyful heart,” detailing his teacher’s “soft tender heart.” Bodhisattvas strive for the Six Perfections (pāramitā) of donation, morality, forbearance, striving, concentration (samādhi), and prognosis (prajñā). Donations can be that of goods and good dharmas.

 

1/11/15

 

 

 

 

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Cool Circulating Constellations

 

 

 

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Expansive Constellations in the Sky above Peaks of Yari-Hodaka Mountain Ranges

taken  by Mr. Masayoshi Hirasawa from Chogadake Peak

寒中お見舞い申し上げます。
蝶ヶ岳の頂上で震えながら撮った写真です。
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Moon, Morning Sun, Sea, Ducks, Daffodils

 

 

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Photos thanks to Mr. Otsuka from Shimoda, Izu Peninsula, Japan

Facing Pacific Ocean with wintry wind, steaming sea, wild ducks, wild daffodils

 

 

 

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Wishing Wholly Wholesome Way World

 

 

Good morning and Happy New Year!

 

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? I have resolved to do the most

important thing first. What is the most important thing? That is the life-death

matter. The Buddha was awakened to the truth of it as karma-kinetics and solved its

suffering by stilling karma, settling in nirvana beyond karma, and striving wakefully

in the supra-mundane truth.

 

I am reading the work Smiling Zen by Toru Matsumoto. When leaving Taiwan after

WWII, he faced the problem of selecting only his personal effects to take to Japan.

He spent days worrying about leaving six truck loads of books, some of them rare

ones left by his father. This was solved suddenly, when he thought of his death. So,

he took with him only one book – the Shoshikan.

 

The Shoshikan (Small Version Calming-Visioning: Samatha-Vipassanâ) is a

compilation of lectures given by Tendai Daishi, and it is the commentary on this

work, delivered by Matsumoto in a series of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Association)

broadcasts and later transcribed, that I am currently reading. Calming-visioning

leads anyone to nirvana-bodhi (awakening), making every day a good day as buddhas

(awakened ones).

 

The Buddhist Paths are said to be composed of 37 limbs, but they are the sum of the

Eightfold Holy Way, Seven Awakening Limbs, etc., so the basic items are the Triple

Learning of Sîla, Smâdhi, and Paññâ (Morality, Concentration, Prognosis)Right

livelihood, donation, and patience were added for lay practitioners. Donation is the

first step to open up small egos, which leads to the Wholly Wholesome Way World.

 

1/4/15

 

 

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