Living the Practice

Highlighting the centrality of Karma, Thich nhat Hanh said, “My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.”

In leading our discussion, Ginny focused this Sunday on how our meditation practice supports us in our daily actions. Why sit? Why walk? How can we water the seeds of love and wholesome actions through a life of dedicated practice?

Beautiful Chorus – Be Like Water

“Under duress, we do not rise to our expectations, but fall to our level of training.”

Bruce Lee

The talk, Gil Fronsdal – Kalyana – The Beauty of Practice, is here:

“It began to seem that one would have to hold in the mind forever two ideas
which seemed to be in opposition. The first idea was acceptance, totally without
rancor, of life as it is, and men as they are: in light of this idea, it goes without
saying that injustice is a commonplace. But this did not mean that one could be
complacent, for the second idea was of equal power: that one must never, in one’s
own life, accept these injustices as commonplace, but must fight them with all
one’s strength. This fight begins, however, in the heart and it now had been laid to
my charge to keep my own heart free of hatred and despair.”

James Baldwin from Notes of a Native Son

“The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water. [this is the concentration of the Lotus Sutra] Live every moment of your life deeply, and while walking, eating, drinking, and looking at the morning star, you touch the ultimate dimension.”

from TNH Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings p.112