Stop searching for phrases and chasing after words.
Take the backward step and turn the light inward.
Your body-mind of itself will drop
off and your original face will appear.
If you want to attain just this,
immediately practice just this.
- Dogen (1200-1253)
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, June 23, 2013
As I continue to work through my life's koan of what it means to be a Buddhist/Christian, the following words spoke some clarity for me from the Platform Sutra:
What do we mean by no-thought? The teaching of no-thought means to see all dharmas without being
attached to any dharma, to reach everywhere without being attached to anywhere...
excerpted from The Platform Sutra – The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng translatedby Red Pine
Thinking back on work this week, this was actualized
during an encounter with a patient as we
were talking about his very intimate death. He was
very articulate about what he wanted to do about
any treatment at this point and did not want to delay
the inevitable. He even passed up a comfort measure
offered by his physcian, thinking it would only delay
his death. His wife acknowledged that they had no
religious affiliation. I told the patient I was not there
to direct him towards any particular faith, I was there
to address any spiritual issues or questions he might
have at this point and wanted to support him in any
way I could. We had a very fruitful conversation re-
garding comfort measures and I affirmed his courage
regarding the acceptance of his impending death.
I reminded him I was available if he needed any further
conversation about spiritual issues that might
arise for him. He thanked me and said there probably
would be some questions come up for him but he was
not afraid of death. End of conversation. I gently
touched his feet and and said, "I pray you have a
peaceful and meaningful journey."
" to reach everywhere without
being attached to anywhere..."
I reached and we did connect. It's hard to replicate