- #1653 - Sunday December 21, 2003 - Editor: Gloria Enjoy a classical music concert while you read. 1971 Gonzalez organ at Chartres Cathedral, France For Unto UsMessage 1 of 1 , Dec 22, 2003View Source#1653 - Sunday December 21, 2003 - Editor: GloriaEnjoy a classical music concert while you read.1971 Gonzalez organ at Chartres Cathedral, France
For Unto Us
The Christmas image of a newborn babe brought into a cold world conjures sentiments of joy and astonishment. So it's not entirely surprising that the music on this week's program does the same. We celebrate the season with trumpets and choirs, as well as organs both in solo and duet performances. Join in and sing along with familiar old tunes and embrace some new music, too, heralding the good news of the Nativity. For Unto Us: a holiday for heart and ears.
ListenPlease Note RE: NDS Highlights #1651 "The Spirit of Tibet" film.There is an error in the link, the site of the Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation, the correct URL is:Thanks to Ben HassineViorica Weissman ~ MillionPathsWe continue to be bornThich Nhat HanhWhen we celebrate Christmas or the birth of the Buddha,we celebrate the coming into the world of a very special child.The birth of Jesus and the Buddha were pivotal events in humanhistory.A few days after the Buddha was born, many people in hiscountry of Kapilavastu came to pay their respects, including anold sage named Asita. After contemplating the baby Buddha,Asita began to cry. The king, the Buddha's father, was alarmed."Holy man, why are you crying? Will some misfortune overtakemy child?" The holy man replied, "No, your majesty. The birth ofprince Siddhartha is a wondrous event. Your child will becomean important world teacher. But I am too old and I will not be there.That is the only reason I am crying."A similar story appears in the Bible. Eight days after His birth,the baby Jesus was brought to the temple for circumcision. Whena man named Simeon looked at Him, he was able to see that Jesuswould bring about a profound change in the life of humankind:"When the time came for the purification according to the law ofMoses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to theLord... and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated inthe law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolationof Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to himby the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen theLord's Messiah. Guided by the spirit, Simeon came into the templeand when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what wascustomary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God,saying 'Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace accordingto your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation which you haveprepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to thegentiles and for glory to your people, Israel.' And the child's fatherand mother were amazed at what was being said about him."Whenever I read the stories of Asita and Simeon, I have the wishthat every one of us could have been visited by a sage when we wereborn. The birth of every child is important, not less than the birth of aBuddha. We, too, are a Buddha, a Buddha to be, and we continue tobe born every minute. We, too, are sons and daughters of God andthe children of our parents. We have to take special care of each birth.-----------------------------------------------------Living Buddha, Living ChristThich Nhat Hanh------------------------------------------------------
NO WORDS NECESSARY"Ryokan never preached to or reprimanded anyone. Once his brother asked
Ryokan to visit his house and speak to his delinquent son. Ryokan came
but did not say a word to the boy. He stayed overnight and prepared to
leave the next morning. As the wayward nephew was lacing Ryokan's straw
sandals, he felt a warm drop of water. Glancing up, he saw Ryokan
looking down at him, his eyes full of tears. Ryokan then returned home,
and the nephew changed for the better."
~a Zen tale
From the book, "Zen And The Ways," edited by Trevor Leggett, published
WHERE'S THE SILENCE?
"'Would you teach me Silence?' I asked.
'Ah!' He seemed to be pleased. 'Is it the Great Silence you want?'
'Yes, the Great Silence.'
'Well, where do you think it is to be found?'
'Deep within, I suppose. If only I could go deep within, I'd escape the
noise at last. But it's hard. Will you help me?' I knew he would. I
could feel his concern and his spirit was so silent.
'Well, I've been there,' he answered. 'I spent years going in. I did
taste the silence there. But one day Jesus came - maybe it was my
imagination - and said to me simply, "Come, follow me. " I went out,
and never came back.'
I was stunned. 'But the silence....'
'I've found the Great Silence, and I've come to see that the noise was
From the book, "Soul Food," edited by Jack Kornfield, published by
http://www.angelsinc.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062514423/AngelincReflection by Christiana (to Lectio Divina list)
Advent - personal preparation and prayer
Week 3- The bowing of my animal nature
This third week of Advent, I struggle with this
season's appearance of duality. The resplendent
silence of the natural world; often in sharp
contrast with the busyness which our animal
natures succumb to in this season's enticements.
The joy of silent nights and loving fellowship,
always at risk of being consumed by the cacophony
of shopping and doing.
With intention, I call up the wildness of the
untamed animal within, and lead it gently to the
crèche being formed in this heart's altar. I abide
and witness. The animal cocks its head as it
listens to the whispers of silence; then opens its
eyes in discernment of That which is poised to be
birthed. In awe, the animal surrenders and bows
down next to the manger in anticipatory readiness
to receive This Birth.
Pausing now to light this third Advent candle,
I await your birth dear Lord.
My prayer is that I will remain humble enough
to receive your birth within my heart.
Viorica Weissman ~ Million PathsD. The final state of Realization is said to be according to Advaitathe absolute union with the Divine and according to Visistadvaitaa qualified union, while Dvaita maintains that there is no union atall. Which of these should be considered the correct view?Maharshi:Why speculate as to what will happen some time in the future ?All are agreed that the "I" exists. To whichever school of thoughthe may belong, let the earnest seeker first find out what the "I" is.Then it will be time enough to know what the final state will be,whether the "I" will get merged in the Supreme Being orstand apart from Him. Let us not forestall the conclusion, butkeep an open mind.D. But will not some understanding of the final state be a helpfulguide even to the aspirant?M. No purpose is served in trying to decide now what the finalstate of Realization will be. It has no intrinsic value.D. Why so?M. Because you proceed on a wrong principle. Your ascertainmenthas to depend on the intellect, which shines only by the light itderives from the Self. Is it not presumptous on the part of theintellect to sit in judgement over that of which it is but a limitedmanifestation, and from which it derives its little light?How can the intellect, which can never reach the Self, becompetent to ascertain, much less decide, the nature of the finalstate of Realization? It is like trying to measure the sunlight at itssource by the standard of the light given by a candle. The wax willmelt down before the candle comes anywhere near the sun.Instead of indulging in mere speculation, devote yourselfhere and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you.
The nature of the one Reality must be known by ones own clear spiritual perception; it cannot be known through a learned person. Similarly, the form of the moon can only be known through ones own eyes. How can it be known through others?
Ben Hassine ~ NDSI typed this from the book "Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness", translated from Tibetan by John Myrdhin Reynolds, page 12-177Now, when you are introduced to your own intrinsic awareness, the method for entering into it involves three considerations:Thoughts in the past are clear and empty and leave no traces behind.Thoughts in the future are fresh and unconditioned by anything.And in the present moment, when your mind remains in its own condition without constructing anything,Awareness at that moment in itself it quite ordinary.And when you look into yourself in this way nakedly without any discursive thoughts,Since there is only this pure observing, there will be found a lucid clarity without anyone being there who is the observer;Only a naked manifest awareness is present.This awareness is empty and immaculately pure, not created by anything whatsoever.It is authentic and unadulterated, without any duality of clarity and emptiness.It is not permanent and yet it is not created by anything.However, it is not a mere nothingness or something annihilated because it is lucid and present.It does not exist as a single entity because it is present and clear in terms of being many.On the other hand it is not created as a multiplicity of things because it is inseparable and of a single flavor.This inherent self-awareness does not derive from anything outside itself.This is the real introduction to the actual condition of things.8Within this intrinsic awareness, the Trikaya are inseparable and fully present as one.Since it is empty and not created anywhere whatsoever, it is the Dharmakaya.Since its luminous clarity represents the inherent transparent radiance of emptiness, it is the Sambhogakaya.Since its arising is nowhere obstructed or interrupted, it is the Nirmanakaya.These three, the Trikaya, being complete and fully present as one, are its very essence.9When you are introduced in this way through this exceedingly powerful method for entering into the practice,You discover directly that your own immediate self-awareness is just this and nothing else,And that it has an inherent self-clarity which is entirely unfabricated.How can you then speak of not understanding the nature of the mind?Moreover, since you are meditating without finding anything there to meditate upon,How can you say that your meditation does not go well?Since you own manifest intrinsic awareness is just this,How can you say you cannot find your own mind?The mind is just that which is thinking,And yet, although you have searched for the thinker, how can you say that you do not find him?With respect to this, nowhere does there exist the one who is the cause of mental activity.And yet, since activity exists, how can you say that such activity does not arise?Since merely allowing thoughts to settle into their own condition, without trying to modify them in any way, is sufficient,How can you say that you are not able to remain in a calm state?Since allowing thoughts to be just as they are, without trying to do anything about them, is sufficientHow can you say that you are not able to do anything with regard to them,Since clarity, awareness, and emptiness are inseparable and are spontaneously self-perfected,How can you say that you sat that nothing is accomplished by your practice?Since intrinsic awareness is self-originated and spontaneously self-perfected without any antecedent causes or conditions,How can you say that you are not able to accomplish anything by your efforts?Since the arising of discursive thoughts and their being liberated occur simultaneously,How can you say that you are unable to apply an antidote?Since your own immediate awareness is just this,How can you say that you do not know anything with regard to it?10It is certain that the nature of the mind is empty and without any foundation whatsoever.Your own mind is insubstantial like the empty sky.You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.Being without any view that decisively decides that it is empty,It is certain that self-originated primal awareness has been clear and luminous from the very beginning,Like the heart of the sun, which is itself self-originated.You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.It is certain that this primal awareness or gnosis, which is one's intrinsic awareness, is unceasing,Like the main channel of a river that flows unceasingly.You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.It is certain that the diversity of movements arising in the mind are not apprehendable by memories,They are like insubstantial breezes that move through the atmosphere.You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.It is certain that whatever appearances occur, all of them are self-manifested,Like the images in a mirror being self-manifestations that simply appear.You should look at your won mind whether it is like that or not.It is certain that all of the characteristics of things are liberated into their own condition,Like clouds in the atmosphere that are self-originated and self-liberated.You should look at your own mind to whether it is like that or not.11There exist no phenomena other than what arises from the mind.Other than the meditation that occurs, where is the one who is meditating?There exist no phenomena other than what arises form the mind.Other than the behavior that occurs, where is the one who is behaving?There exist no phenomena other than what arises from the mind,Other than the samaya vows that occurs, where is the one who is guarding it?There exist no phenomena other than what arises from the mind.Other than the fruition that occurs, where is the one who is realizing the fruit?You should look at your own mind, observing it again and again.12When you look upward into the space of the sky outside yourself,If there are no thoughts occurring that are no emanations being projected,And when you look inward at your own mind inside yourself,If there exist no projectionist who projects thoughts by thinking them,Then your own subtle mind will become lucidly clear without anything being projected.Since the Clear Light of your own intrinsic awareness is empty,it is the Dharmakaya;And this is like the sun rising in a cloudless illuminated sky.Even though this light cannot be said to posses a particular shape or form, nevertheless, it can be fully known.The meaning of this, whether or not it is understood, is especially significant.13This self-originated Clear Light, which from the beginning was in no way produced by something antecedent to it,Is the child of awareness, and yet it is itself without any parents - amazing!This self-originated primordial awareness has not been created by anything - amazing!It does not experience birth nor does there exist a cause for it's death -amazing!Although it is evidently visible, yet there is no one there who sees it - amazing!Although it has wandered throughout Samsara, it has come to no harm - amazing!Even though it has seen Buddhahood itself, it has not come to any benefit from this - amazing!Even though it exists in everyone everywhere, yet is has gone unrecognised - amazing!Nevertheless, you hope to attain some other fruit than this elsewhere - amazing!Even though it exists within yourself and nowhere else, yet you seek for it elsewhere - amazing!14How wonderful!This immediate intrinsic awareness is insubstantial and lucidly clear.Just this is the highest pinnacle among all views.It is all-encompassing, free of everything, and without any conceptions whatsoever:Just this is the highest pinnacle among all meditations.It is unfabricated and inexpressible in worldly terms:Just this is the highest pinnacle among all courses of conduct.Without being sought after, it is spontaneously self-perfected from the very beginning:Just this is the highest pinnacle among all fruits.