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, April 26, 2009

"Intimate knowing"

Looking forward to wading through the dharma this week with this "intimate knowing." I know in my spiritual journey the "idea" of "intimacy" has been a big carrot. I have said in the past that our longing for "God", "Truth", "Reality" is one and the same with our longing for intimacy. Then again this "longing" is grasping and this grasping leads to suffering? Maybe this "intimate knowing" is just letting go and letting things be what they are. Then again, things are what they are whether we let go or not.

Maybe the writer of The Cloud of Unknowing can give us some dharma hints?

Be Intimate with life this week!

Alan

Sunday, April 19, 2009

We have been thinking about birds, watching birds and feeding birds all this week on our 100 day adventure with Dogen's Genjokoan. I have listened to the song of the Loon, mysteriously calling me to who knows where. I have a new bird at my feeder and have no idea of the name he/she goes by and have asked the question , "What is "That" which bares witness when the harness is light, when the bit does not exist, when the path is traceless?

It's a great day to be alive!

Be intimate with life today!

Alan

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Raised life?

I was wanting to post this yesterday but did not get around to it. Thanks to the website Spiritualityandpractice.com for these words from Merton. Seems to me as you read this that you can smell a little bit of Zen Buddhism's influence on Merton in this segment. According to the website, this is from his last publication before his death.

"The life of contemplation in action and purity of heart is, then, a life of great simplicity and inner liberty. One is not seeking anything special or demanding any particular satisfaction. One is content with what is. One does what is to be done, and the more concrete it is, the better. One is not worried about the results of what is done. One is content to have good motives and not too anxious about making mistakes. In this way one can swim with the living stream of life and remain at every moment in contact with God [ultimate reality], in the hiddenness and ordinariness of the present moment with it's obvious task."

"At such times, walking down a street, sweeping a floor, washing dishes, hoeing beans, reading a book, taking a stroll in the woods--all can be enriched with contemplation and with the obscure sense of the presence of God [ultimate reality]."

BE INTIMATE WITH LIFE

ALAN

Sunday, April 5, 2009