Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Impermanence


I have had those "drying up" peppers by the stove for the last couple of weeks. It has been interesting just to watch them change with time. This transition points to one of the readings for the week. It also points to impermanence. Nothing stays the same. Does that apply to enlightenment also? Don't know. Don't really know what this "enlightenment" things is. I could probably conceptualize about it but something tells me that would not be it..."finger pointing to the moon" thing.

Meanwhile, the peppers keep changing like the burning firewood in the reading below. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and let the peppers do what they are doing and see what arises. What else you gonna do?

So here is our reading for the week and Dosho's "funky" question for the week.

First the reading:

Firewood becomes ash. Ash cannot turn back into firewood again.
However, we should not veiw ash as after and firewood as before.
We should know that firewood dwells in the dharma position of firewood and it has it's
own before and after. Although there is before and after, past and future are cut off.
Ash stays at the position of ash and it has its own before and after.
As firewood never becomes firewood again after it is burned and becomes ash,
after a person dies there is no return to living. However, in buddhadharma, it is a never-changing
tradition not to say that life becomes death. Therefore we call it no-arising. It is the laid-
down way of buddhas turning the dharma wheel not to say that death becomes life.
Therefore, we call it no-perishing. Life is a position at one time; death is also a position at one time.

Cleary


Now the "funky" question:

When doing one thing, is there anything else? Dosho
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