Is Self Immolation necessary?
by Aik Theng Chong, Singapore, The Buddhist Channel, July 11, 2010
For the first time in North America, this summer there will be a complete Bhikkhuni Sangha living together in community for Vassa, the three-month long rains retreat which begins on July 25, 2010. Including samaneris and sincere monastic life aspirants, there will be approximately ten women together for the entire retreat, with severa…l more sincere monastic life aspirants joining in for a substantial portion of Vassa. For those who would like to help and want to know what can be done to support this historic happening, please join in any and every way you can from near or far.
- send meditative moral support and good wishes
- donate needed supplies (see details below) or funds
Labour needing to be done on site:
- finishing outhouses
- finishing trailer fix-up and painting
- working on solar system
- building the commons area patio
- sewing and painting the tee-pee cover
- trail building work
- building meditation/camping platforms
– rides coordinator and dana coordinator during Vassa
- stove for the kitchen trailer
- on-demand water heater and shower tent
- materials for building the commons area patio
- solar system supplies
- material and paint for tee-pee cover
Needed supplies for monastic retreatants:
- tents, sleeping bags and camping pads
- SOLAR rechargeable flashlights and lanterns
- natural insect repellent
- Technu poison oak soap and poison oak medicine
- natural biodegradable dishwashing, body and laundry soaps
Any of these things would be extremely helpful and most gratefully accepted. If you can help out with any of the above, please contact Hermitage co-ordinator Sara Sacksteder at saraca (at) earthlink (dot) net or Jill Rayna at dharmacreeksangha (at) gmail (dot) com.
What these women are doing is amazing.
As all things are buddha-dharma, there is delusion and realization, practice, and birth and death, and there are buddhas and sentient beings.
As the myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death.
The buddha way is, basically, leaping clear of the many and the one; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas.
Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread.
How can we wake up if we are bound by the inescapable law of karma, of cause and efect? By owning it completely.Posted in General on June 21, 2010 by Al
How can we wake up if we are bound by the inescapable law of karma, of cause and efect? By owning it completely. There is no other realm we need to enter, no new mind we need to gain, no supernatural intervention that we must accept or hope for, no imminent apocalypse to usher in a new world order. There is no escape. Confession and repentance is a big part of Zen practice. The verse of confession recited at ordinations and other ceremonies goes like this: “All my ancient twisted karma, from beginningless greed, hate, and delusion; born from body, speech, and mind; I now fully avow.” When we sincerely take responsibility for the harmful karma that we have created through our confused actions, words, and thoughts, this harmful karma no longer has the same binding power over us. On the contrary, this karma is transmuted into the fuel of liberation.
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