Archive for September, 2011

JUST BEING

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2011 by secretchan

This morning I came across a comment by Master Yanqi. He was asked:

“when Bodhidharma arrived in China from India he sat for nine years in front of a wall. What does this mean?

Yangqi replied: He was Indian and didn’t speak Chinese “

What a marvelous reply. But it is said  that it is humerous and yet  full of significance.. Was Yanqi’s  intention more simple perhaps than those who search for deep significance believe.

As a psychologist I am always surprised and even dismayed when I come across wordy texts explaining the deep significance of “The Heart of Darkness, Moby Dick and Alice in Wonderland. I ask myself why they can’t smply have been a delightful story. From the Darma point of view nothing has Significnce, nor permanance, nor divine order, nor real independant existance. 

We can’t even allow Dharma to just be Dharma. And, of course a flower to just be a flower. More than that even, we need to call a flower “a flower” to differentite it from that which is “not a flower”. I find it difficult to believe that a child who has not yet learned to say “mama” or “papa” is unable to distinguish a flower from a tree.

The name “flower”, has no significance for him or her, and later when we, theoretically  as wise adults, give it a name, differentiating a daisy from a tulip, does that enhance the flower.

Is its true nature changed? 

Yet, names are useful in communication, but we have, in clinging to the words, lost an essential part of each flower. The flower becomes its name.

We  too have allowed ourself to become our names. 

Who are you?  You will undoubtedly reply “Peter” or”John” or whatever your name is.

Is that who you are?  Those names ara a horrible handle and Peter or John quickly become soon after birth, a “naughty boy”, an “angel” or something else.   All based naturally upon the vision of the viewer, external circumstances and external trappings. These labels  hide the fact that you are  living creature with wonderful attributes.  But you have allowed yourself to become the labels that are appended to you.

Who are you really? The best answer to such a question is the silence of Vikimlamirti.

The best way to look at a flower is to simply allow it to be what it is; a natural experience that you have the privalege to share. .. Do you allow yourself to be what you are?

 


 

IS ALL REALY BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 by secretchan

 

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          I welcome you todsy to what is considered the worlds ugliest flower, Amorphophallus titanum. You can imagine no dobt why part of the biological name is  “phophallus titanum” , but why, oh why, is it considered ugly.   Perhaps because  the inflorescence’s deep red color and texture create the illusion that the spathe is a piece of meat.                        

  Now certainly the odor is unattractive as it resembles that of a rotting corpse which attracts corpse eating insects (a boon for the flowers polination). It can reacch as high as eight feet which makes it impressive.

But I still wonder why it is considered ugly.

Have you ever gone to a nudist beach’ Have you had a good look at those human bodies. Compared to what is presented there the flower is exceedingly beautiful.

But really we all know that there is nothing that is intrinsically beautiful or ugly… Both are a product of our mind. Yet we chase after beauty like a fly after carrion and we try to make ourselves beautiful.

Women, and now men chase after besuty as a signal that they fear what aging can bring. The peacock has that marvelous tail to attrct the peahen. But it does not cling and crave to that beauty. Nature uses pysiology that is natural to attract, and I suppose that nailing one’s nose and tongue with a metal bar today may be considered a sexual “come on”, though it is called by the more delicate name of piercing.

Is it that nowadays more than even fifty years ago there is a fear that one lacks the natural attributes of attraction for the  opposite (or even the same sex).

I live in the arms of nature and the truth is I have never seen a tree or a flower, a fox or even an ant cry because it feels ugly.

Perhaps the human ugliness is seen as being inside. That cannot be so, of course, although the mind is a great deceiver.  In University I grew up with the slogan “black is beautiful”.  Black is not beautiful, but it is wonderful. It is wonderful that there is such diversity within nature.

I will tell you a little story that points out the folly of human mind distortions.  When I lived in Los Angeles my best friend was a guy called Leroy Miller. He was a spitting image of Sammy Davis Junior and one day visiting his home he told me that on a visit down South he was travelling with three southern friends.  They were, as was pretty normal at the time, stopped by the police. Papers were deliverd and one of the policemen took Leroy aside and declared, ” Okay what are you doing with these NIGGERS”.

So black is not always black.  and justice is seldom justice. And freedom is not always freedom. 

Italians are ugly brecause they are Mafia … Jews are ugly because they run the world and are responsible for our money problems… Gypsies are ugly because they steal .. Immigrants are ugly because they steal our work… Is there anyone who is not UGLY?????

We can’t even let the Amorphophallus titanum be beautiful.

There was a song I learned as a child it was “All things bright and beutiful all creatures great and small; all things wise and wonderful the Lord God made them all”.

I was ten at the time and a Christian (now I am follow Buddha Dharma) and I wondered then “if God created all the beautiful who created the choir boys and the congregation”, who to me at the time seemed very ugly. I also wondered if being beautiful also made what was beautiful also wise and wonderful. I wondered where all the beautiful people were.. and it seemed a pity, because my dog and the bluebells in the fields and the woods were all exceedingy beautiful

Now I know there is no ugly or beautiful, no correct or incorrect, no right or wrong… There is only what is natural in accord with the Dharma.

What about you ???

 

 

NIGHT BLOOMING CEREUS CATCUS

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2011 by secretchan

 

    

After a delay here I am again with another attempt to add a grain more of sane Buddha Dharma to the world.

It is not easy, for it seems that in a stained world of great turmoil people want more lightness. It seems that they want to compensate for the voice inside which declares, “there is something very wrong here”.

Of course, they are looking more outside than inside.

I came across a note on the Night Blooming Cereus and thought of all those who sleep soundly at night and never even know that there are Night Blooming Flowers. Then I considered how most people are with regards to the Dharma. They are sleeping when Dharma has a chance to bloom.

I thought then, I suppose by association, of  Zong mi, who declared:

“In essence all Dharmas are like a dream, and from the very beginning nothing is of any consern; mind and objects are intrinsically tranquil, and it is not that they are now for the first time empty. It is because we are deluded about this fact and take things to exist that we perceive matters like prosperity and decay, or high and low status. 

Because such matters may be agreeable or disagreeable, they give rise to feelings such as love and hate. Once emotions arise, we become bound in all sorts of suffering.

But when they are created and as in a dream what gain or loss could there be?”

Of course it is not asy to make this mental transformation of seeing what appears real as a dream.

In Chan practice we develop the five Chan paramiters: Carrying with us like a presence, the experiences of Vacuity, Oneness, Clear Comprehension, Impermanance, and the Force of Life. This takes practice and dedication, but the normal persn not within a Chan mould will have to try to make this trnsition rather like a magicion takes a rabbit out of a hat.

Why not try it… Convert your day to day ramble in Stained Samsara into a  dream… Leave being concerns and an aggitated mind.Perhaps you will  even see the Night Blooming Dharma Flowers.