Archive for December, 2007

Discovering Connexions

WiresIt’s always a little bit scary meeting someone. At some level we hope they like us, or understand us. There’s always a little bit of risk, and that can even be fun for some. There’s also a really deep desire for us to be heard and connected with.
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Spread the Love NOW! Group Writing Project

Spread the Love NOW!

The Three Monks present Spread the Love NOW!

Christmas is a time for giving. It’s a time for love, and a time to spread some Christmas loving cheer. Read on to see how you can participate, have some fun and be in the run to win a prize value of ~US$50, along with some really beautiful stories shared.

All you have to do is to write something on compassion. It could be anything you want, for example your definition of compassion. Still, in the spirit of Christmas, extra points will be awarded if there is a personal touch – because we want to connect in compassion.

Some ideas could be what you have done or will do for someone. Or perhaps the best kindness anyone has ever shown you.
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Fayan’s Boat or Land

Koan
Water doesn’t wash water,
Gold isn’t changed for gold.
Find a horse without knowing its color,
Enjoy the lute without the strings.
Typing knots, drawing trigrams, when there are such things,
Completely lost is the true pure mind of original man.
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Exploring the Sigalovada Sutta

Burma, May they reach peace soonSometimes what we like isn’t good for us. We resist, and things get a little messy. Christmas is a very difficult time of year to practice, and sometimes how things look on the surface is not reality. We must remember to look through the obvious, past the hostilities sometimes, to where the heart is. We have to enter where they come from, and from that place, can we still accept them?
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Twist of the schedule

ScheduleWhen looking at coming on a retreat, there’s a lot of excitement and anticipation about how things will go. Talk of how good the meditations will be, talk of waking up early, really doing the work, and of course talk of really becoming enlightened.
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How To Meditate, Google Frame as a Global Issue

Walking in FogHow to Meditate is a big question. One that’s no longer just effecting a few people in private according to Google. It appears to be one of the hottest issues of our time, up there with who is god, and what is love. These are the big issues found by Google in the 2007 Zeitgeist, capturing what they call our “collective consciousness”.
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How To Cook Your Life

How To Cook Your LifeLife has been described like rice, and the process of cooking it. The rice needs to go into the pressure cooker, it needs to sit and process for a while. Take it out too early and you’ve got nothing usable, leave it in too long and you’ve got mush. In the middle, is rice just, sitting. How to Cook Your Life is a new Zen influenced movie, told from the perspective of the Tenzo, or head chef, Edward Brown of Tassajara Zen Center.
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Awakening of Great Beings, Part 3

Awakening BuddhaThis is Part 3, and the final part of the Awakening of Great Beings Series. Last time, we looked at the Third Awakening, this time we investigate the Fifth Awakening.
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