Will wonders ever cease? Will the great and powerful never understand the limits of their power? Our infamous president just said he will end the right to citizenship of babies born in the United States of non-citizen parents. Seems reasonable, doesn’t it? I mean just because you were born in this country doesn’t make you a citizen...according to Mr Trump’s vision for America.
So, my conservative, constitution waving, flag-draping friends, what say you? Be careful though, this one is, indeed, a very slippery slope. Remember, he didn’t say “illegal” non-citizens, he said non-citizens. So, if you were born of immigrants who were not naturalized, but otherwise here in the US legally, you will no longer be citizens of this country, and likely, here illegally as well.
More to the point, constitutionally, Mr Trump seems to think he can modify the constitution and laws derived from it, by Executive Order. Now this takes narcissism and megaloman…
Yesterday afternoon I spoke at the Veterans Administration Healthcare Center in El Paso, Texas. My topic was the benefits of meditation. Walking into the building was like diving into a pool of suffering. Veterans everywhere. All waiting. Some filling out forms, others just hanging around talking with each other. Waiting. I believe that’s one of our crosses to bear.
I walked gingerly through the crowd to the bank of elevators which took me to third floor and a set of classrooms where people were waiting for me to arrive. I was a little late as I got lost in the city. But there I was.
The group of about forty people welcomed me. I took to the podium and began with what brought me to Zen, followed by an explanation of the benefits of practice and then offered a meditation period. This was followed by a Q & A.
Most people felt the power of even a short period of sitting. And the questions were meaningful and often personal. I felt we …
With palms together, I have deactivated my Facebook page this evening. I have mixed feelings about that. But the level of vitriol and discord among friends is disturbing. I have no desire to continue in unproductive discussions.
If you wish to comment on my posts, please do. But do so with a given sense that you understand my position. You don’t have to agree with me, but I do expect some level of knowledgable understanding.
In the afternoon Sitting silently In front of Buddha. I felt the need for a shot Of whiskey.
A strange yet appealing
And then the thought
Of my lovely wife
Laying next to me
Came crashing in.
Yes, thoughts and feelings
Are grist for the Zen
Of the moment...
Oh, my, don’t move!
It’s just a thought
Yet, captures my body
And wraps it
Like a tourniquet
Ever so tight.
So I just sit there
Like a statue
As a human being.
The Way is not difficult, although at times it can be. We often feel as though we have to be like Buddha or Jesus or our rabbi’s of old, yet that attempt will fail as we would be pretending. Our true face, the face we sometimes hide, the face we are afraid to show, that is our being. It is also our teacher. Anytime we step away from it, try to turn it into something it is not, we are disingenuous.
The Way is a challenge for the weak, although if the weak attempt to followit, they will become stronger.They will do so because that is the natural outcome of struggle.
While we ought not seek out struggle, life is what it is, and conflicts will arise. We may wish they wouldn’t. We may desire a life of serenity and ease, but that is not living, that feels to me like vegetating.
For some of us, we believe all we each need do is smile and walk slowly and softly and everything will be peaceful. Perhaps for you, but the world around us is often on fire and no amount of smiling and soft walk…
Zen is eternal life says Kennet-Roshi. Now why would she say that? To realize the truth of her statement one must practice to see a much larger picture of life and death. Master Dogen says this is the most important practice for practitioners. Why?
To realize the truth of life and death is to realize there is no life and death and yet there is life and death. Wherefore?
The subject and object, the past present and future, are not separate, but are one. In such a case, what is life and death?
This question should resonate in your consciousness night and day.