#4117 - Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee
- "Lalla discarded her books that told about it,and through meditation saw the truth thatnever comes to anyone from reading words."
_Lalla (14th cent, Kashmir)Poetry Chaikhana
by Peter SheflerThou my sacred solitude,
thou art as rich and clean and wide
as an awakening garden.
My sacred solitude thou -
hold shut the golden doors
before which wishes wait._Rainer Maria Rilke, First PoemsSunrise Over the Mouth of the Wye River, from Far Away Point, MarylandPhoto by Peter SheflerInteractive Sliding Scale of the UniverseThanks to Dave Mason
Change HappensAs Buddhists, we work to accept the impermanence and inevitable decay of the
physical body. But it’s not enough to accept it as a fact; we can believe in this
and still not want it in plain sight. Nagarjuna said, “Change makes all things
possible.” It is only because of change that suffering can end—and it is because
of change that our bodies fall apart, like all compounded things. We cannot have
one without the other, but we try.
- Sallie Tisdale, "Washing Out Emptiness"
In our own impermanent bodies, we face our deepest fears and aversions. Drawing
on Dogen's writings and her personal experience as a nurse, Sallie Tisdale
challenges us not to look away, but to practice in this most intimate realm.
Tisdale's full article: http://www.tricycle.com/feature/washing-out-emptiness?page=0,0
[ Ed Note: Reading this may in itself be an exercise in overcoming aversion.]