söndag 21 december 2014

Remember the distance between fact and fiction

Hi.

The other day I saw a picture of a poster that said “Remember the distance between fact and fiction.”
Truly a wise statement.
The important thing to note is not how wide the distance is but that there is an distance.
Gautama Buddha told us, according to legend, on his deathbed, to be an lamp unto yourselves.
Same principle, think for yourselves.
Remember the distance between fact and fiction.
It doesn't matter if the distance is an inch, it is still there, present.
Remember to be wary of it, but not to get attached, or grasp it.
Let it go, but don't miss it.

Thank you for your practice.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 16 december 2014

The bowl and the telescope

Hi.

I sometimes get the question as to why we have so much talks, texts and interactions in our tradition. 
I have two analogies as an answer to that one.
First, only meditating is like putting a bowl of milk on the table and expect it to become butter. 
You have to churn in order for it to turn into butter, thats where the interactions come in.
Next, Meditation is like an giant telescope turned inward. 
Theory, talks, texts are there to point out what you should look for.
You might have an very big and shiny telescope, but if you don't know what to look for...
The same applies to the other way. 
You might know, in detail, what to look for, but without a telescope to look into, how will you find it? 

 Personal realization is the key. 
This is your Journey, so just fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.
We must each and all find our own way to the realization. 
Noone else can do it for us. 
We do this by reading texts like this, experiencing the world, observing our mind, our thoughts, the world around us. 
Doing it this way we come to truly understand the nature of us. 
Of you.

Thank you for your practice.

Mtfbwy
Fugen
 

söndag 7 december 2014

Box of chocolates

Hi.

My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

- Forrest Gump

Life is uncertain. 
That is one of the beauties of it. 
What if life were certain?
What if you already knew everything that would happen in it? 
What then?

Also, this uncertainty opens up a million possibilities. 
What you achieve is all up to you.
The possibilities are endless. 
What do YOU do with that?


Thank you for your practice.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

tisdag 25 november 2014

A beautiful, crooked gassho

Hi.

If my gassho is crooked but my heart is open, and intention good, then my gassho is beautiful!

Thank you for your practice.

Mtfbwy
Fugen

torsdag 16 oktober 2014

A few good men

Hi.

George Ristuccia: You know, Ben, I keep asking you this but why me?
Ben Thomas: Because you are a good man.
George Ristuccia: No, really.
Ben Thomas: Even when you don't know that people are watching you.
-Seven pounds


There are good men out there.
A few good men.
They don't always realize that they are good themselves.
There is a lot of people that are good when they know that people are watching.
Then there is the ones who continue to do even as they are not seen.
The ones who do good without expecting anything, who do it just because they can.
That might even make them more good, as they do it not out of goodness, but just do it.

What kind are you?


May the force be with you
Fugen

torsdag 2 oktober 2014

Article: The Treeleaf teaparty

 Hi. 

Reposting an article made for a magazine.

 

The Treeleaf teaparty

by Fugen

It was a clear summer day, the heat still lingering as I sat in front of my computer with my robes on. I distinctly remember the warmth of the sun and the smell in the air that time when no one showed up at the Treeleaf teaparty. 

The Treeleaf teaparty is one of many features at the the Treeleaf sangha.
It is on sunday evenings, hosted by one of the priests of Treeleaf and contains ceremonies, zazen and discussions amongst the participants. It started out as an meeting ground for the sangha, but has now grown into being one of its pillars. It has become an important part of what Treeleaf really is, a place where people care.

The Treeleaf teaparty is a meeting place where you can, time and time again, get the opportunity to listen to people's stories, to be able to be there for them. As I have said time and again, The Treeleaf teaparty is not about talking, it's about listening. About being there.
The same goes, in my opinion, for Buddhism. To be there is essential.
For me, it's not essential that anyone shows up or not. If someone does come, it's just extra. For me, it's essential that I do. Even if I can’t make it in the flesh, I can at least make it in my spirit. We have a saying at Treeleaf, ”we are always here,” that includes this.

One of my goals for the Treeleaf teaparty is that neither I, nor any of the priests of Treeleaf, is needed there. It should become an essential part of what Treeleaf, and life, is all about and live a life of its own. Someone should turn up, and no matter who it is, do the ceremonies, sit there and talk, listen, and just be. I got a glimpse of that the first time I couldn’t attend, and it sort of just followed that people stood up and took my place. Now, we are not there yet, where I or some other priest of Treeleaf is not needed at the Treeelaf teaparty, but, hopefully, we'll get there. Soon.

So what did I do, when no one showed up? I did the ceremonies, shut off my computer, and went in to sit, just for a moment, next to my sleeping son.

The most important thing
To get my son to sleep
Soothing him through the struggles
The most important thing
Just this

Thank you for your practice.

May the force be with you,
Fugen

tisdag 23 september 2014

A telescope turned inwards

Hi.

Meditation is like an giant telescope turned inwards.
Dharma, as in theory, talks, texts asf, are there to point at what to look for.

Mtfbwy
Fugen