We have a calm, cool, and clear Sunday morning after sittings and service, especially after
yesterday morning’s snow. Yesterday I watched a TV program from Japan featuring Dr.
Yoshiharu Sekino that traced back the Great Journey of humans from Africa to South
America, starting from the southern tip of South America, through Salar de Uyuni (Salt
Flat at Uyuni), Siberia at -120 degree, Gobi Desert caught in sand storm for 5 hours, back
to where the footprints of an adult and a child (Australpithecus afarensis) fossilized 3.6
million years ago.
The Yanomamis accepted him as a medical doctor smoothly, even though he first hesitated
to interfere with the shaman doctor’s authority, because the shaman doctor himself asked
him about his headache. It actually came from an overdose of intoxicants, which usually
made him say that spirits were causing the sickness. We must distinguish a true doctor
from a thicket doctor (yabu-isha in Japanese) who cannot see through the thicket or find a
way out. There are a lot of thicket doctors in our political, economic, social, and cultural
fields who cannot see far enough through the thicket or find the way out.
The Buddha found that all living beings are caught in a thicket or jungle of karmas and
prognosticated the way out of it. This sitting is stilling karmas and seeing the Dharma of
Dependent Co-origination. Nirvana is stilling the karma-wind (goppū, 業風; formations:
saǹkhāra: new and old three karmas: bodily, verbal, and mental as the prime mover of the
12-limbed Dependent Co-origination for consciousness, suffering, and samsara; “the
rampant Five Aggregates – karmas – in short are all sufferings”). “The right Dharma-
eye is in the exquisite heart of nirvana.”
Anyone can witness nirvana-awakening in solid sitting, shift societies to change artificial
uni-directional pyramidal civilizations fighting for money, matter, and militarism to a
natural cyclical Indra-net culture for life, heart, and peace. Anyone can save ecology-
environment in systemic, sustainable, saving, safe, and simple ways. The true cause of
wars, terrorism, global warming, mass extinction, etc., is our fivefold karma calamity of
delusion, bondage, discrimination, exploitation, and extermination. We are saved by the
fivefold dharma bliss of awakening, freedom, equality, love, and peace.