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Creation itself is Holy

All Life is Sacred






Siddhartha Gautama

gave his dharma to mankind,

so humans can awaken into enlightenment.

To awaken one must only pay attention to daily life,

the middle way. Continually feeling gratitude and awe

in one's present existence brings enlightenment.



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Three Marks of Existence

(three basic truths about the condition of life)

Anicca (Sanskrit anitya) defined as "impermanence".

Dukkha (Sanskrit duhkha) defined as "suffering".

Anatta (Sanskrit anatman) defined as "egolessness".



impermanence


"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next." - Ursula K. LeGuin

"If you suffer, it is not because things are impermanent.

It is because you believe things are permanent.

Remaining aware of impermanence you become compassionate and wise.

Impermanence is an instrument for True Liberation.

It is safe to enjoy what is around you and within you as long as you are aware of its nature of impermanence.

When you are thirsty, there is nothing wrong in enjoying a glass of water.

In fact, to truly enjoy it, you have to dwell in the present moment.

When a flower dies, we don't cry. We know it is impermanent.

If we practice awareness of the nature of impermanence, we will suffer less and enjoy life more.

If we know things are impermanent, we cherish them in the present moment.

We know that our loved ones are of an impermanent nature, so we do our best to make them happy right now." - Thich Nhat Hanh


The first mark of existence, impermanence, points to the fact that everything, every thought, emotion, relationship, or situation, everything that has a beginning, also has an ending.

Typically, in our search for happiness we do not live as if impermanence were true.

"When we are attracted to something we tend to exaggerate its qualities." - Tenzin Gyatso

If we examine our motivation we find that we are always
attempting to hold onto what we adore and get rid of what we abhor.

If our situation is basically acceptable to us we feel secure and good.

We feel betrayed by our relationships or life itself when our situation changes in a way we didn't want or expect it to.

We feel circumstances are preventing us from being happy.

Every moment brings arising thoughts and feelings and then they fall away.

The simple truth is that the only certainty following gain is eventual loss.

The happiness or joy we expect to experience in life cannot depend on holding onto gain if it is to be a true sustainable gain.

True sustainable gain we need to find within.



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suffering


"Heaven is made of the smoke of hearts that burn away." - Rumi


"To undertake the journey to God the heart must be burned with the fire of Divine Compassion." - Juan de Yepes Alvarez



We age, we become sick, we die. Pain is unavoidable.

When we refuse to embrace emotional pain, we unwittingly screen out a large range of emotional experiences that occur in the process of living.

A person who is alive and sensitive will feel sorrow.

This is so because of the amount of unnecessary suffering produced by the imperfection of social arrangements and because of the reality of existence.

Sentient beings are aware of the gap between aspirations and actualities.

In this light we understand emotional pain is inevitable.

We tend to believe that the opposite of feeling good is not feeling bad.

To keep ourselves from not feeling bad we condition ourselves to not feel.

Everyday emotional pain, open heart wounds, is where compassion is born.

In Sanskrit awakened compassion is called Boddhicitta or Awakened Heart.



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egolessness

charlatans see egolessness as a depersonalization disorder

"When we take a step on the green earth,
we are aware that we are made of air, sunshine,
minerals, and water, that we are a child of earth and sky,
linked to all other beings." - Thich Nhat Hanh


There is a moment to moment recognition of ego caused by the struggle to stay happy by holding onto that which we adore and attempting to prevent that which we abhor.

We perpetuate our emotional suffering by believing that we are a fixed entity who needs to be saved, protected, and freed from emotional suffering.

Emotional suffering will persist as long as we avoid at all costs the fear at the heart of it - we may not be saved or protected and may suffer emotionally.

Rather than experience the fear directly we attempt to dismantle the fear by con-vincing ourselves that the fear is unjustified - that we will be saved, protected, and freed from emotional suffering.

People are terrified that they may be unable to tolerate a reality that they have so very little control over - the culture, nature and the course of events.




egolessness

two stages of egolessness

"The one to whom the Mystery is unveiled exists no longer but is annihilated in compassion." - Rumi

"No man shall attain the shores of the ocean of true understanding except he be detached from all that is in heaven and on earth. The flame of utter detachment consumest veils of idle learning, that are current amongst men, canst thou behold the resplendent sunrise of true knowledge." - Bahá'u'lláh


The first stage of egolessness is characterized by the recognition of "the Observer" signified by a sense of emotional detachment from passing thoughts and feelings.

In the second stage of egolessness the notion of "the Observer" is dropped and there is no longer any effort to detach from our impotence in the face of the awesome power of what is.

Here is where the quality of being undone or "burned up" by the fire emerges - the moment of redemption and renewal.

We experience life "vividly" by direct immersion in the process of living.

We cultivate a practice of living based on direct and immediate feeling.

We can tolerate a tremendous range of emotion, and ultimately we must.

This understanding marks the transition from using spiritual knowledge as a remedy or cure for emotional suffering to developing the courage to experience life as it is.


"The experience of psychospiritual death and rebirth reallows the conscious connection with positive memories of living life which reduces irrational drives and ambitions.

Psychospiritual death and rebirth causes a shift of focus from the past and future to the present moment thus enhancing élan vital and joi de vivre.

Rebirth grants the ability to enjoy and draw satisfaction from simple circumstances of life, such as everyday activities, food, love-making, nature, music while supporting the emergence of authentic spirituality of a universal and mystical nature based on the deeply personal experience of living life fully in the present." - Stanislav Grof

"There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness. When you learn to live for others, they will live for you." - Paramahansa Yogananda


"The way the Eternal Soul goes forth from itself is comparable to what happens when a fire is burning and flaming as it becomes a forceful blaze.

The flame shoots very high in this divine union."

Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y Ahumada


light of compassion and understanding

"When we think about what real silence is, we have to look at it from two angles; the first is to see silence through human eyes and the second is to see silence through the all-seeing-eye of Integral Consciousness.

The opportunity to experience real silence occurs when we have been driven into a corner and simply cannot move an inch.

Unlike a situation of complete despair, this silence is quite different from despair, because in this state, the conscious flame of human desire still burns.

Real silence is the state of human existence that passes through this despair.

How can we experience this silence?

Without everyday life it is impossible to experience silence." - Katagiri Roshi



When we imagine what spiritual awakening must be like we tend to imagine a dramatically relieving experience.

More often what usually occurs is a humbling, a wearing down of the ego.

(If you experience a dramatically relieving mystical experience in Western culture and attempt to share it you will be diagnosed schizophrenic.)

When we acknowledge that we are in emotional pain and simultaneously acknowledge that we are whole, we become available to others and are able to meet them compassionately.

Great emotional pain creates great tenderness leaving the ego peeled raw reminding us to let go of a need to control things which are beyond control.

Great emotional pain is not punishment for being bad.

This is a potent opportunity to have hearts open up and burn with fire.

Finding that we can tolerate more emotional pain than we imagined possible we find a previously unrealized depth and breadth of being.



suffer

four noble truths of suffering

1

birth is suffering;

illness is suffering;

aging is suffering;

death is suffering;

desire thwarted is suffering;

union with what is displeasing is suffering;

separation from what is pleasing is suffering;

in brief, these are seven amalgamates of tenacious suffering.


2

the origin of suffering

desiring renewed existence

seeking delight in sensual pleasure


3

the cessation of suffering

relinquish desire

cessation of desire

freedom from desire

nonreliance on desire


4

Eightfold Path = Cessation of Suffering

moral action

altruistic intention

honest livelihood

respectful speech

conscientious opinion

virtuous effort

laudable mindfulness

meritorious concentration



Right understanding: Understanding the Four Noble Truths.

Right thought: Determining and resolving to practice Buddhist faith.

Right speech: Abstaining from slander, gossip, lying, and all untrue speech.

Right conduct: Adherence to nonviolence (ahimsa).

Right livelihood: Not engaging in activity that violates life.

Right mental attitude: Bypassing combustible thoughts and emotions.

Right mindfulness: A clear sense of mental state and bodily health.

Right concentration: Meditation to reach the Integral Consciousness.
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