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

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Taking The Next Step






I have spent the last 15 years doing this practice on my own, not by choice but by necessity. I live in the deep south and there are no sitting groups close enough to connect with on a regular basis. About 8 years ago I took the long journey to Mt. Tremper in New York and spent four days sitting with the Mountains and Rivers order. That has been my only first hand exposure to any formal sitting.

Prior to this I did some formal sitting and study in centering prayer.

About three years ago I had the great fortune to encounter Dosho Port online. This has really been my connection. I communicate with him on occasion about different matters and know he is there for however I want to delve into this practice with him via the internet. I am thankful for his compassion in that way.

This is the form of my formlessness.

I am a monk in the world. 

I am alone, not lonely.

And this is my practice.

 I will continue to nurture this practice the best way that I can with great faith and great doubt.

Sentient beings are numberless,
I vow to save them.
Desires are inexhaustible,
I vow to put an end to them.
The Dharmas are boundless,
I vow to master them.
The Buddha Way is unsurpassable,
I vow to attain it.
Bows,
Alan 

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