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 

that moment in just these words but there was an 

intimacy and acceptance in that moment...

"Just This"...

And in that intimacy, "God" was present.



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