So I have a beautiful new book, it is already precious to me, as I sit, and the teachings of conditionality, or pratitya samutpada quietly echo and thunderously resound through my consciousness.
A new dharma book that I am looking forward to reading. To me it contains wisdom, the promise of raising my level of consciousness, it affords me a feeling of virtue, of purity. Strangely, amazingly fortunate that I am sitting here with it. The causes and conditions of this bizarre confluence overwhelms.
Deliciously complex, yet ever so simple, all that leads to me sat here reflecting on dharma. You might gently apply this wisdom to the situation of you sitting reading this article. Now I’m going to use this wonderful situation for insight, without reading it. I’m going to dissolve it. Simple concepts, profound if experience.
Everything in creation exists within you, and everything in you exists in creation. You are in borderless touch with the closest things, and, what is more, distance is not sufficient to separate you from things far away. All things from the lowest to the loftiest, from the smallest to the greatest, exist within you as equal things. In one atom are found all the elements of the earth. One drop of water contains all the secrets of the oceans. In one motion of the mind are found all the motions of all the laws of existence..
You can see it in a breath.
You breathe in air that has been in other beings, that has blown as wind across the seas, borne aloft butterflies and swallows on warmer currents.
Breathing out air that will sway the most beautiful flowers, that will be blown out from the largest whales, that will make storms and rest a while, invisible in the still sky.
There is something about water, it is directly linked to spirituality for me. I learned to meditate in a shower,and love to read dharma in the bath by candlelight. Water is so tactile, it is easy to become aware of your energy body when suspended in water. Continue reading Water and Consciousness – Perpetual Motion→
Taking and giving. In meditation one visualises breathing in the sufferings of the world, and breathing out relief, or happiness. It is a training in altruism. This meditation will reduce selfish attachment, increase a sense of renunciation, create good karma by giving, and to develop and expand loving-kindness and bodhicitta. All six perfections are involved – giving, ethics, patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom.Continue reading Tonglen – Gently Beheading the Ego→