Dogs Have Buddha Nature

by William Toyo Sensei

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‘Do dogs have Buddha nature?” 

It’s mostly about our dogs, Bijoux and Dante, two Coton de Tulear’s (hence its name in French, “Coton”, meaning cotton), they have very soft white hair (as opposed to fur). The Coton de Tulear developed on the island of Madagascar. I have found that our dogs have compassion and I believe also Buddha Nature.

We all know of the infamous and most debated Koan, “Does a dog have a Buddha-nature or not?” The answer being “Mu” literally meaning that dogs do not have Buddha nature, and has been interpreted to mean that such categorical thinking is delusion and that yes and no are both right and wrong. The term is often used or translated to mean that the question itself must be “unasked” no answer can exist in the term provided.

But let’s get back to dogs and compassion. Our dogs are full of natural goodness and have rich emotional lives. It has been proven that these animals possess empathy and compassion, the emotions upon which moral sense is built. Dogs develop this great sense of trust. We’re linked, and there is something spiritual about that unity. We can learn a lot by observing the emotional behavior of our dogs and many times find the Dharma hidden in their behavior. We often take compassion for granted and let it flash by many times during the day (Awareness). We are so distracted during the day living in the element that we live in. Dogs are sentient, emotional and highly reactive beings, they rely on the compassion of the humans they know as family. They are not immune to anxiety, which lead to pain and illness, and they get frightened when they find themselves deprived of companionship in a stressful environment.

It will seem familiar to most of us who have dogs to notice that: Dogs have a sense of fair play. They dislike cheaters. They experience joy in play. They delight in friends. Dogs get jealous when the other gets more or better treats or treatment. They are resentful, and maybe saddened by unfair behavior. They get afraid. They are embarrassed when they mess up or do something clumsy. They feel remorse or regret when they do something wrong. They remember bad things done to them, but sometimes choose to forgive. Does this seem familiar to us, we should pay a lot more attention to our animals and learn compassion and awareness from their well –being. Dogs have affection and compassion for their animal and human friends and family. They defend loved ones and comfort us when we are ill or injured.

How wondrous and far reaching compassion can be among all living beings. Each of us is capable of limitless love.

What is your dog doing right now, my two are lying at my feet, waiting for me to finish writing this Dharma Glimpse to take them out for a walk and don’t forget the treat!

 

William Toyo Sensei is a Lay Minister with the Bright Dawn Way of Oneness Buddhism. 

Cloud

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by Andy Gyoyo Sensei

My mother is an artist and sees the world through her unique perspective. She looks at seemingly disparate patterns and challenges us to see what she sees… “See that cloud? What do you see?” Quite frankly, I never see what she sees and often I see no pattern at all so I’ve learned to immediately ask what she sees- so I can know the right answer. But in one book, Thich Nhat Hahn asks if we can see the cloud in the paper from which we are reading- not in the abstract or spiritual sense but in the sense that without clouds and rain there would be no trees, and without trees there would be no paper. So, the cloud is in- or inseparable- from the paper. Over the years, I’ve tried to mediate about this interdependence- or the contingent nature of things as Batchelor-sensei would phrase it. So, my morning musings have expanded in the following manner when I contemplate things as they inter-are.

In the paper is the cloud

In the rock is the cloud

In the rose is the cloud

In Andy is the cloud

These expansions were added gradually as I came to see clouds in the inanimate, in living things, and in me. Without clouds, none would exist- though in different ways. Water is throughout me- no water, no Andy. No water, no rose to bloom. And the rock? Well, likely not much water within it- but the rock that I saw in my garden next to the rose was shaped over eons by water (and other rocks, etc.) to have its smooth surface- no cloud, no rain, no rock.

It seemed reasonably complete until the day I was simply absorbed in the clouds above and thought about ‘What’s in the cloud?” Well, first, it is empty- empty of itself. There is no cloud in the cloud. The cloud is made- is contingent upon- non-cloud elements. Trees give off oxygen and other gases that help form the cloud- so too does the rose bush. And bits of the rock fall/float/disipate off the rock and become part of the particulates around which water vapor coalesces to form droplets- to form clouds. And, of course, my breath mingles in the air and merges with clouds continuously- so Andy is in the clouds. For me, this is not a spiritual discussion- we’re talking about reality. So,…

In the cloud, there is no cloud- the cloud is made of non-cloud elements.

In the cloud is Andy

In the cloud is the rose

In the cloud is the rock

In the cloud is the paper

So whether you look up or down, in front or behind, everything contingently is.

 

Andy Gyoyo Bondy is Lay Minister for Bright Dawn Way of Oneness

Being Distracted

By Clarence Ratliff

 

For the last two weeks I’ve tried to think of a topic for my Dharma glimpse, only to come up empty at every turn. Until Tuesday morning that is. I spent all that time looking, and then it just hit me. Quite literally in fact.
66139-rear-end-collisionI was on my way to work early Tuesday morning and was stopped at a red light. Then bam…someone ran into the back of my truck. It was really more of a bump than a rear end collision. We both pulled off the road to inspect what happened. Fortunately there was no damage to either vehicle. The driver of the other car said he was distracted by swatting at a mosquito and must have taken his foot off the brake. Since there was no damage we had a laugh, shook hands and wished each other a good day. Aside from his embarrassment there was no harm done. But it got me thinking about the topic of distraction.

If you’re anything like me, you get distracted kinda easily. Oh, look at that shiny thing over there! It seems an ever present part of being human.

In one of Rev. Gyomays books he talks about focusing on something with your whole attention. He uses the commonplace activity of vacuuming the carpet as an illustration. He points out that when doing common repetitive tasks most people’s minds wander all over the place, not giving their whole attention to what they’re doing in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh uses the illustration of washing dishes to make the same point. We spend a great deal of time and energy distracted by so many things that we’re often careless and miss things. Sometimes very important things.

Our culture doesn’t help alleviate this problem. We’re encouraged to be distracted by the overwhelming amount of inputs all vying for our attention. We’re asked to ‘multi-task’ at work, trying to juggle several tasks at the same time. Advertising arouses desires that compete with true needs. Is it any wonder that our minds are filled with so much stuff that we can’t stay mindful of the really important things that deserve our full undivided attention? I know I have a very hard time with it.

Anyone who has spent any time meditating can see just how busy our minds really are. 12sere5454ereThere seems to be an autopilot feature in the human brain that is constantly churning out thoughts from every random piece of input that the senses are exposed to. Hence the term, “Monkey Mind”. Our minds are constantly chattering away like a barrel of hyperactive monkeys. Then of course if we’re not paying

attention, we latch on to these stray random thoughts and hitch a ride. Very often taking our attention away from things that are important. This is one of the things that regular meditation practice can help us with.

When practicing meditation, we focus our attention on the breath. When these stray thoughts arise, we notice them, and let them go their way. We may notice them for quite a while before we remember to let them go and refocus on our breathing, but that’s ok. The goal isn’t to quiet the mind or stop thinking as people sometimes assume. The goal is to see the constant chatter in our mind for what it is and work on not attaching to it.

I’ve also found that recitation of the Nembutsu can achieve the same result. It re-centers the mind from the chatter, pulling you back to the here and now. And doing physical activities like the aforementioned vacuuming the carpet or washing the dishes with full mindful awareness can help break us of the distraction habit.

And I do believe that it is a habit. We’re so used to our minds and lives being this way it’s an ingrained behavior. But it costs us a lot. A single distracted mistake can be devastating. Distraction keeps us from being fully present with others. It keeps us from being fully aware of ourselves. It keeps us mired in anxiety and stress from not being able to follow all the threads and the delusional expectation of wanting to ‘do it all’ or that we should be able to ’do more’.

Dharma practice, in my opinion can, over time and with diligence, lead us to slowing down the rush of sensory overload that gives us such anxiety. It can help us see things like thoughts for what they are, transient phenomena that we don’t have to cling to and identify with. And in doing so, reduce the suffering we contribute to the world.

Gassho

 

Clarence Ratliff is a Lay Minister with the Bright Dawn Center of Oneness Buddhism.

 

Gratitude

by Seiyo Thomas DeMann

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Gratitude has always been a shortcoming of mine.  Recently, however, this has begun to change slowly.  With this in mind, I have started to have thoughts of things that I need to be grateful for as I travel on my current path.

Shakyamuni Buddha tells a story of how lucky one is to be born a human.  Gautama says that being born a human is as difficult as if a blind turtle rises to the top of the ocean once every hundred years and his head slips into a yoke as he reaches the top, improbable but not impossible.   How fortunate am I!  Because I was born a human, I have the ability to hear and accept the Dharma which can lead me to enlightenment and nirvana.  I would not have this opportunity if I were born an animal.

Previously, I wrote a Dharma Glimpse regarding the illness that nearly took my life.  It was at this point that things started to change for me in my way of thinking.  Exactly what is this life all about?  From what I have learned in one of the books that we read in this class by Kogen Mizuno who made the statement, “What is the final profound truth?  It is the finding of the infinite life of humankind within the eternal life-force of the universe.”  I found this to be a comforting statement and something to work at.  So how do I work at this?  So what am I grateful for?

First of all, I am grateful for my illness even though I am left with various physical and psychological limitations.  This encouraged my walk down the Buddhist path to find something.  Siddhartha Gautama has pointed his finger to show me what I need to do.

I have learned that life is composed of suffering.  If I do not understand this, I will not search for a way to eliminate this suffering.  

From this………I have learned the following:

I have learned that I should see things as they are.  If I am unable to do this, this will lead to nothing but misunderstanding and delusion.

I have learned that every cause has an effect.  If I do not realize this, my actions will create all effects.  I must control every thought, action and how I speak.  These three things make up my actions.

I have learned the Four Noble Truths are a way to lead me to enlightenment and nirvana.  If I do not understand this, I will be lost in this lifetime.

I have learned that the Eightfold Path is THE way to escape this misery.  If I do not understand this, I will have a miserable existence.  

First of all, I am grateful for my illness even though I am left with various physical and psychological limitations.  This encouraged my walk down the Buddhist path to find something.  Siddhartha Gautama has pointed his finger to show me what I need to do.

I have learned that life is composed of suffering.  If I do not understand this, I will not search for a way to eliminate this suffering.  

From this………I have learned the following:

I have learned that I should see things as they are.  If I am unable to do this, this will lead to nothing but misunderstanding and delusion.

I have learned that every cause has an effect.  If I do not realize this, my actions will create all effects.  I must control every thought, action and how I speak.  These three things make up my actions.

I have learned the Four Noble Truths are a way to lead me to enlightenment and nirvana.  If I do not understand this, I will be lost in this lifetime.

I have learned that the Eightfold Path is THE way to escape this misery.  If I do not understand this, I will have a miserable existence.  

 

Starling

By Marilyn Chiyo Robinson

 

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I will confess to you that I have a history of difficulty holding my hands together in gassho.  To gassho, by putting the palms of both hands together in front of one’s heart, is the highest form of respect symbolizing Oneness.  For me, the gesture never felt authentic, like I was an imposter, awkward in the movement, a stand-out convert who was not raised in the tradition.  Among other things, this is a story about gassho.

Our youngest daughter spent every spring on what my husband and I called “starling patrols” around our neighborhood. This ritual consisted of walking up and down the sidewalks trying to find and rescue a baby bird before the local cats found it.  More than one creature in its death throes has made its way to our home cradled in her t-shirt.  None has survived.

Starlings are known locally as trash birds for their fondness of grain in our agricultural area and impressive reproductive abilities.  But to our daughter, they are wondrous creatures that she watches intently as herds of them mow our lawn for food each morning.  I might add that our daughter is a special child.  She is a continual reminder in my life of the beauty of simple kindness.

3047_Sibl_9780307957900_art_r1So it was not surprising then, now a year and a half ago, upon arriving home from my book club that my daughter announced she had rescued yet another starling.  It was tucked in a box on a towel and put in the shop for the night.  And so began her pleading “please mommy, can I keep her?  I’ve never had a pet of my own, please, please?”

Brief aside here in our defense – we have two dogs, a parrot, hermit crabs, fish and a toad.  It is true that none of the pets is exclusively this daughter’s, but they all benefit from her loving attention.  So, sure, we felt a little guilty, but not enough to acquire another responsibility.  You know when the last one is the last one, right?

Early the next morning, our eldest daughter and I went to the shop to check out the bird.  Sure enough, it was a starling, maybe two weeks old, lying on its side with its neck flopping over.  Its heart was still beating.  “Swell” I thought.  At least it would not die alone.  

I gently lifted the tiny bird from the towel, cupping it in the length of one hand.  As I stood up, I placed my other hand over it for support while carefully taking it into the house.  That’s when it struck me – my hands were in the gassho position with a beating heart inside.  In that moment, I felt compassion well up inside me.  I really saw the starling for the first time.  This creature had given me a gift.

starlingWe are now 1 ½ years down the road from that bright dawn morning.  I will spare you the details.  But I would like to announce the addition to our family of our youngest child’s new pet whom she named Olivia, but who has since become Oliver.  Oliver is imprinted on me, which is to be expected after nursing him to health hourly for most of his early residence with us.  He lives in a large cage given to us by the amused veterinarian who de-wormed him

Oliver has learned to talk, loves to splash in his bath tub and eats like a, well, starling. But our daughter loves him and visibly glows with pride as she watches his antics.

I know now that one doesn’t really know when the last one is the last one.  I suppose it helps to approach life as full of surprises. When we are open to all possibilities, we unconsciously invite the Dharma to enter our lives.

Best of all, for me, gassho will always hold a beating heart.  

I gassho to each of you.   May your days be full of Bright Dawn moments.

 

 

 

This Dharma Glimpse and many other can be found in our Bright Dawn Dharma Glimpses book. You can order one here.  You can also learn about the Bright Dawn Center, links to services, resources and the Lay Ministry Program. 

 

Acknowledging Limitation

Still WaterNiko Byoyo Burkhardt

Recently, our group has been exploring the topic of realizing enlightenment through any means we have. As a group, humans tend towards the dramatic and glamorous so sometimes we think we will get to enlightenment by a grand gesture or event. I have been exploring the concept of enlightenment through acknowledging limitations over the past few weeks and find it very liberating.

There are so many judgments we have as individuals and a society or culture about what we “should” or “should not” be doing. For instance. someone with a very strong work ethic can feel very useless unless they are constantly engaged in some result oriented task.  When we encounter limitations in life, whether financial, physical or mental, we tend to judge ourselves and feel guilt.

In the past few weeks, I have had a chance to choose a different response to my own limitations. Rather than feeling guilty or defeated, I have experienced acceptance. After acceptance sets in for a while, I was able to see reasons to appreciate these limitations and have been able to use them as a springboard for new opportunities I could not have seen before. To me, this is a glimpse of enlightenment and it keeps me going when things seem too challenging.

As long as we are in resistance to a problem, we cannot see the way out of it. By resisting, we are in a state of mind that believes in duality. There is a problem and then there is me – they are two separate entities. By practicing acceptance, we become one with the limitation and thereby are empowered to move past it.

 

 

 

This Dharma Glimpse and many other can be found in our Bright Dawn Dharma Glimpses book. You can order one here.  You can also learn about the Bright Dawn Center, links to services, resources and the Lay Ministry Program. 

 

We’re like grass

Dharma Glimpse – Noah Ma yo Rasheda

Hello San’s! I’m at the airport waiting to board my flight to San Francisco and then on to Hong Kong. This week was pretty hectic as I tried to get everything done at the office and at home in order to be ready for my trip. I will be gone for 18 days! One of the final things I did last night before leaving was mow the grass. We have a riding mower and this was the first time I’ve used it this season. I had to clear out a lot of things in my shed before I could get to the mower. I didn’t realize we had collected so many new things since last summer. I was pleasantly surprised to get it started on the first try, that’s always a good sign! Once I had the mower out and ready, I sat down and started to drive around the yard to a certain corner where the grass was already starting to get long, I noticed that about half of the yard has not realized that it’s spring time and the grass is still really short and hasn’t started to grow yet, the other half of the lawn is already growing and ready to be cut. It was nice to only have to mow half of the yard, since I was short on time and racing against the sunset to get done before my trip.

While I was mowing, I thought about how interesting it was that half of the yard was on a different schedule for receiving/accepting the fact that winter was over and spring has started. Then it occurred to me that this is also true of us receiving the teachings of the Dharma. I looked at the half of the yard that was still in “winter” mode and I thought of myself only a few years back, still not ready to start a new season, it would only be a short while before I would be entering a whole new phase in my life. I guess society is a lot like the grass in my yard, on it’s own timetable doing it’s own thing. Some of us are in the “spring” stage of life while others are in the “winter” stage still. But everyone exactly where they should be…exactly where they are in the present moment. I realize how easy it is for me to not judge my own lawn, it’s just grass. I don’t judge half of the yard thinking it’s “too early” to be entering spring and I don’t judge the other half thinking it’s wrong because it’s “too late”, and running behind schedule, both sides of the yard are just where they are. I hope to see people in that same way, everyone is right where they are in life, in the present moment. I hope to maintain that sense of non-judgement as I navigate through the phases and stages of life, while observing that we are all at different stages, and yet we are all exactly where we should be…in the present.

Hunting the Great Awakened Elephant

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Dharma Glimpse – April 6, 2014 by  Wendy Shinyo Haylett

Dedication to a spiritual path is a treacherous activity and dedication to a path as a Dharma teacher is ever more treacherous. The innate hazards of attaching to our egos and our self-power as our refuge is ever-present and proportionate to our desire to attain the “end” we have set our sights on … whatever that “end” may be: Dedicated practitioner, teacher, Enlightenment, rebirth in the Pure Land … or whatever.

In the past two months I’ve been involved in two activities for the Bright Dawn Center, one was researching and writing an article about Rev. Gyomay Kubose, Rev. Koyo Kubose, and the Bright Dawn Center of Oneness Buddhism, which recently published in the Amida Order journal, Running Tide. The other was facilitating a sutra study module for the Lay Ministry 6 Class of 2014, focusing on the Tan Butsu Ge and The Heart Sutra translations and commentaries by Rev. Gyomay Kubose.

I have been immersed in the spiritual, philosophical, and teaching history of our Bright Dawn lineage … rereading teachings, exploring lineage teachers, listening to Dharma talks, and, well… something wonderful has happened. I know Rev. Koyo Kubose’s saying is “the Dharma is my rock” but what I have recently experienced is more of the feeling of floating. Immersed in our lineage teachings, I found myself suddenly more buoyant in life, in all aspects of my life. Not like a rock anchoring me, but a natural ability to float. Not a drowning in the details of life, but a floating above.

I felt like I had become one with me, for the first time in many years. Like I was naturally me. I began enjoying every part of my life. I was floating through work, through stress, through chores … even through the endless snow shoveling and cold of the winter of our discontent.  I wasn’t worried about what I should be doing or how I should be acting. I was just living my life, being with my friends, family, co-workers, and clients, but feeling more authentically myself, connected to a natural flow in everything I did, and at ease.

Everything seemed so natural, so free. It reminded me of Dharma song that first captivated me some 25 years ago when I was studying and practicing in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It is called Free and Easy: A Spontaneous Vajra Song by Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche.

 

Free and Easy: A Spontaneous Vajra Song

By Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche

Happiness cannot be found
through great effort and willpower,
but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go.

Don’t strain yourself,
there is nothing to do or undo.
Whatever momentarily arises in the body-mind
has no real importance at all,
has little reality whatsoever.
Why identify with, and become attached to it,
passing judgment upon it and ourselves?

Far better to simply
let the entire game happen on its own,
springing up and falling back like waves
without changing or manipulating anything
and notice how everything vanishes and
reappears, magically, again and again,
time without end.

Only our searching for happiness
prevents us from seeing it.
It’s like a vivid rainbow which you pursue without ever catching,
or a dog chasing its own tail.

Although peace and happiness do not exist
as an actual thing or place,
it is always available
and accompanies you every instant.

Don’t believe in the reality
of good and bad experiences;
they are like today’s ephemeral weather,
like rainbows in the sky.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,
you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you open and relax this tight fist of grasping,
infinite space is there—open, inviting and comfortable.

Make use of this spaciousness, this freedom and natural ease.
Don’t search any further.
Don’t go into the tangled jungle
looking for the great awakened elephant,
who is already resting quietly at home
in front of your own hearth.

Nothing to do or undo,
nothing to force,
nothing to want,
and nothing missing—

Emaho! Marvelous!
Everything happens by itself.

 

So there it was, a profound and beautiful Dharma song that I didn’t really hear. And it was only in my rediscovery of the riches and power of our Bright Dawn lineage teachers and teachings that I felt this freedom and natural ease. One of the books I have been rereading is the essay collection by Dr. Alfred Bloom Sensei, Living in Amida’s Universal Vow.

Reading that I kept coming back to the first essay by the great reformer in our Bright Dawn Center lineage, Kiyazawa Manshi, “The Great Path of Absolute Other Power and My Faith.” In this essay he talks about his quest to find “the meaning of life at all costs.” It is this quest that brought him to his belief in the Tathagata.

He describes something I believe many of us can relate to, because we have struggled with the same thing. I know I certainly can. He talks about the journey he took to his faith and his belief that self-power is absolutely useless. He said it had been a trying process and he could only reach that conclusion of the uselessness of self-power when he exhausted the entire resources of his knowledge and devices.

He would reach conclusion after conclusion of what the meaning was, then each one would be invariably undermined. As he wrote: “One can never escape this calamity so long as one is hopeful of establishing religious faith by way of logic or learning.”

My recent Bright Dawn immersion experience has brought me, too, to that place Manshi Sensei hinted at; the place where all your previous conclusions about the meaning of life are undermined. They are undermined because they were formed based on logic or learning alone.

I can’t tell you how many times during my life as a spiritual seeker, I have reached that place where I look back and laugh—

out of frustration—laugh because I see I have been traveling for miles and miles, months and months, and sometimes years and years, heading in the wrong direction.

Now what? Now what do I have to learn to get myself oriented and walking in the right direction toward Enlightenment or whatever it is I’m seeking?

Each time I reach that place, I come closer and closer to the discovery that it’s not what I have to learn or acquire, but what I must unlearn and give up.

But to be student, one must learn, right? And there is the rub. That is the treacherous territory of being a student of Buddhism or any true spirituality or religion, and the heightened danger of being a teacher on the same path.

It was Shinran who realized in his own life that the path is not so much about Enlightenment or being reborn in the Pure Land, but about the awakening of faith and a naturalness, or “Amida’s Sincerity.” This awakening of faith is described by Kaneko Daiei, a student of Manshi Sensei, in his essay, “The Meaning of Salvation in the Doctrine of Pure Land Buddhism” also in the book Living in Amida’s Universal Vow.

He describes it as “breaking through at the root of delusion.” When that happens, he writes, we are broken, our self-complacency and our faith in self power, logic, and concepts is shaken.  He says “we are emptied through and through” yet “at the same moment we find ourselves taken in by Amida’s Sincerity” and “for the first time attain true restfulness, because our deepest root of our existential anxiety or suffering, namely ignorance, is cut through forever.”

Of course this doesn’t mean that we won’t experience suffering as long as we remain in the world, but he says “they no longer disturb the fundamental restfulness and serenity.”

All this circles back to what Rev. Gyomay Kubose teaches in so many of his essays in Everyday Suchness and Everyday Suchness. Reread for yourself the essays “Naturalness”, “Living Life”, “Life without Regret”, “Buddhism is Everyday Life”, “Simplicity”. “The Natural Way”, “Gateless Gate”, and “Transcending Means and Ends”, to name a few.

Yes, I have been a student of these teachings … constantly whispering in my ear … while I was still trying to be student, trying to be a teacher, hunting that illusive “self” or lack of self I thought I needed to find, and trying to go wherever I thought I needed to go to find it.

I was listening, but I wasn’t hearing. I wasn’t actually living my life. I was doing what I thought I should to reach the goal of … of … what? Hunting the great awakened elephant!

Running away from myself, looking beyond my own life to find it. I hadn’t emptied myself through and through. No, instead, I had been loading myself up with elephant-hunting gear and elephant-hunting instructions and books. I was collecting that gear from every teacher and it was weighing me down until I was lost and spinning, not knowing what direction I was heading.

Had I listened deeply—not mouthing the words to be a model student or give the right teachings—but listened in me, for me, I would have heard. I would have heard that Enlightenment is everyday … that acceptance is transcendence … that ends = means. And that only in emptying myself, releasing me from the tight grasp of me, that I can truly live as me.

Had I truly listened, I would have heard Rev. Gyomay Kubose saying to me “Only when one lives his life does he know its meaning.” I would have heard him say, “Whatever the true inner heart says is the right way. Listen to its voice.” I would heard him say the true way “is simply the natural way.” I would have heard him say that “the true self is selflessness” … the teaching of “forget yourself.”

And I would have heard the voice of Rev. Akegarasu, as Shuichi Maida wrote in Heard By Me. He wrote, “Rev. Akegarasu is always whispering in my ear, ‘There is nothing to worry about. You had better do whatever you want to do.’ This is the Buddha-Dharma I heard from him.”

 

_/|\_ A deep Gassho to our precious teachers.