27 July 2015

Contemplation: Nonsectarian Sectarianism

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Many people think and say that everyone is supposed to be open, but though the doors of their mouths are open, the gates of their minds are tightly closed with their rusty, iron ego's latch.  This pseudo-nonsectarian attitude actually feeds ego.  Often these people only want to use Dharma ideas for building self-aggrandizing positions rather than for enlightenment.  Yet a sign of nonsectarianism is not holding any position of this or that.  Even though these people call themselves nonsectarian, they try to support their own position by intellectualizing their misunderstanding, institutionalizing their desires and beliefs, reducing sublime qualities to ordinary, marketable art, and using Dharma as capital.
Thinley Norbu, White Sail, p. 45-46 (highly recommended reading)

13 July 2015

Contemplation: No hindrance in the mind

After reviewing the guidelines for the practice, take the following as your contemplation.

With no hindrance in the mind, no hindrance, therefore no fear;
Far beyond deluded thoughts, this is nirvana.

from the Heart Sutra, as recited at Tendai Buddhist Institute

06 July 2015

Contemplation: Right Here

 After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Everything we want is right here in the present moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step, p. 42

29 June 2015

Contemplation: Immovable Wisdom

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:

Immovable means unmoving.

Wisdom means the wisdom of intelligence.

Although wisdom is called immovable, this does not signify any insentient thing, like wood or stone.  It moves as the mind is wont to move; forward or back, to the left, to the right, in the ten directions and to the eight points; and the mind that does not stop at all is called immovable wisdom.

The Unfettered Mind:  Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master, Takuan Soho, p. 20

22 June 2015

Contemplation: The Bodhisattva Vows

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Sentient beings are numberless.  I vow to save them.
Desires are inexhaustible.  I vow to put an end to them.
The Dharmas are boundless.  I vow to master them.
The Buddha-way is unsurpassable.  I vow to attain it.
The Four Bodhisattva Vows, as recited at Tendai Buddhist Institute.

15 June 2015

Contemplation: A Natural Instinct

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:


All of us have a natural instinct to desire happiness and avoid suffering.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Dzogchen, p. 99

01 June 2015

Contemplation: A Formless Field of Benefaction

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Vast is the robe of liberation,
A formless field of benefaction.
I wear the Tathagatha's teachings,
Saving all sentient beings.
The Verse of the Kesa, as recited at Tendai Buddhist Institute