Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiness in the present moment

Buddha was once asked, "What makes a person holly?" He replied, "Every hour is divided into a certain number of seconds and every second into a certain number of fractions. Anyone who is able to be totally present in each fraction of a second is holy."

                 The Japanese warrior was captured and thrown into prison. At night he could not sleep for he was convinced he would be tortured next morning.
Then the words of his Master came to him: "Tomorrow is not real. The only reality is now."

So he came to the present - and fell asleep.

The person over whom the Future has lost its grip: How like the birds of the air and lilies of the field. No anxieties for the morrow. Total presence in the now. Holiness!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bodhisattva's thought

"The Bodhisattva analyzed the cycle of karma, result, and reaction into the following terms: karma is intention; its result, feeling; the reaction to that feeling, perception and attention -- i.e., attention to perceptions about the feeling -- which together form the views that color further intentions. If perception and attention are clouded by ignorance, craving, and clinging, they lead to stress and further ignorance, and form the basis for intentions that keep the cycle in motion."