Sante Poromaa has been practising Zen
since 1983 and teaching full time since 1998. He started practice as
a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau, and he later became a student of
Kapleau's successor, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.
Together with Kanja Odland, he has been
instrumental in the creation of a full-time training temple in rural
Sweden called Zengården, as well as the growth and development of a
network of City Zen Centers in Sweden, Finland and Scotland.
The book, The net of indra, is, more or
less, an exploration of the question of whether the concept of
rebirth can be incorporated into our modern, scientific worldview.
The book is divided into four parts, he
starts off with testimonys, moves on to scientific and Buddhist
theory and ends up with “questions”-section at the end.
The questionssection has rebirth as an
common red thread, although the questions range from abortion, murder
to quantumphysics and rebirth as an Buddhist pillar. I think there could have been more
questions asked, as it is such an broad topic, but those asked were
The theorysections show a sign of great
knowledge on the authors behalf. He has gone to great lenghts to make
an wide display of all there is to show in the subject, while, at the
same time, keep an inquiring, almost critical, mindset to it all. I
think now, looking back, this mindset is what made the book so
The witnesssection is a caleidoscope of
different recounts, both his own and others, mixed with scholarly
dissertations. It serves both to recount what people have experienced
but also what has been written about the separate “cases” brought
forth. These cases range from neardeathexperiences to parapsychology
and even his own experiences. The fact that he brings up his own
experiences brings another depth to an already almost fathomless sea,
and, in hindsight, I would have liked to see that section more
elaborated upon, as it is very good in and off itself.
The book The net of indra is an book
about rebirth, science and the self.
As such it is an good attempt. It has
very good ground to state its views from, and it also implores the
reader to inquire everything more. The things you lack, such as an
more elaborated survey and other small things, is well counteracted
by the fact that it is well put together, well written and implores
you to do the questioning yourself, to find out yourself.
Thank you Sante Poromaa for a good book
and for your practice.
One day when I was out fishing I saw a man arrive and on the first throw got
his lure caught in a tree.
just high enough and far out over the water so that he couldn't reach
built an small raft, got some long branches and started beating after
after it. He couldn't quite reach it, so he went and came back with
an longer branch, but it was murky and snapped at the first strike,
so he went for the next branch and on it went, until he finally got
the lure down, packed everything up and went on home, with out ever
having thrown his lure once into the water.
me, its significant how some live their lives.
throw the lure, get stuck, work to get it loose, and once its loose
give up and go home.
here's the hard truth, Shit happen and thats a good fertilizer.
And lest be honest, if nothing ever happened in life,
wouldn't it be a bit boring?
name of the author says it all, Timber Hawkeye. This book is an treasure-trove of
oneliners packaged as one paged letters for the reader. They are smart, witty
and above all piercing like the sight of an hawk. According to the author it is
based on letters sent to people over a period of time, which they might be, some
of the writings have that lettery air over them,. The airiness makes it an great book to read out loud in Company of your spouse, or in the Comfort of your favourite chair... The book is not about Buddhism per se, no lengthy
discourse on its history or anything but more on one of the basic tenets of
Buddhism, training the mind to see the truth.
In the book we are given thoughtful texts, which can be read in any
order, and practices, which we can use or let go of. All of this gives you a basic
starting ground for our own practice, a Buddhist bootcamp if you like.
The downside of the book, to me, is that it is sometimes a bit simplistic, almost shallow, and a bit moralistic at
other times. This book is more of an selfhelp/lifecoachbook than it is an book about Zen/Buddhism. Further, the author talks a lot of
what he believes and what he does, and in a sense what you should do,
which it should be given that it is excerpts of letters, but it might turn some people off. Nevertheless the content rings true and i like it
so much that I recommend it heartily to anyone who might find benefit in it.
you get the feeling of being infinite, to contain everything. The
sense that You are the universe, the universe is you, and you know
Buddhism this is a sensation which, in some traditions, has beeen
called an “enlightenment experience”, a “Kensho”. It
is in a sense, an initial awakening to the true nature of things.
is nothing special, a lot of people have them all the time and they
can come in all manners of magnitude, from big to small, but Trust me
when I say, you will know when you have a big one. Not
all realize what it is and miss it, but if you are open to them and
realize them for what they are, they will shake the foundations of
thing is that not all realize what it is all about. It
is a pointer to what the Buddhists call oneness, that you are the
universe and the universe are you. In a sense, that YOU
of the things that the Buddhist scriptures do say, if you look at
them, is that we are infinite. Everyone
of us. All
the time. One
of the effects of us being infinite all the time, is that there is no
time and no infinity, as we are everything and everything is we. This
is, maybe, most profoundly stated in the Prajnaparamita sutra, The
heart sutra, which says, Emptiness is form, form is emptiness.
Denna mat är resultatet av alla varelsers insatser, och är näring för vår praktik. Vi erbjuder denna måltid av många dygder och smaker till Buddha, Dharma och Sangha, och allt liv i varje sfär av existens. Må alla varelser i universum få tillräcklig näring.