The other day, while driving to a call for work, I noticed a small crowd of colorful characters in the distance. As I got closer, I noticed they were carrying signs, and a Tibetan flag. The signs said “Free Tibet” and “Honk For Tibet”. As I tooted the horn, I could hear a couple other cars tooting as well. I did the work I needed to, and passed the group again later, giving them another toot. I just noticed our local newspaper has written something up about it, so here it is from the Cape Cod Times
A friend named Michael, aka @Skandasattva, on Twitter said this morning “Dealing with insecurities and mental garbage this morning. Where the hell is the handle so I can flush this shit from my head?!”
My response was “the handle is in the same place as the shit, give it time, go slow and let the shit settle, than you’ll find it.”
I was a bit quick to respond, but reflected afterward on what I said, and in a way, I think I was talking to myself. I’ve felt similarly the past couple of months, in particular with my “practice”. It’s felt like I’m stuck in “Groundhog Day”, doing the same stuff day after day, after day… where’s the snooze button already??
From 101 Zen Stories
A merchant bearing fifty rolls of cotton goods on his shoulders stopped to rest from the heat of the day beneath a shelter where a large stone Buddha was standing. There he fell asleep, and when he awoke his goods had disappeared. He immediately reported the matter to the police.
A judge named O-oka opened court to investigate. “That stone Buddha must have stolen the goods,” concluded the judge. “He is supposed to care for the welfare of the people, but he has failed to perform his holy duty. Arrest him.”
The police arrested the stone Buddha and carried it into the court. A noisy crowd followed the statue, curious to learn what kind of sentence the judge was about to impose.
When O-oka appeared on the bench he rebuked the boisterous audience. “What right have you people to appear before the court laughing and joking in this manner? You are in contempt of court and subject to a fine and imprisonment.”
The people hastened to apologize. “I shall have to impose a fine on you,” said the judge, “but I will remit it provided each one of you brings one roll of cotton goods to the court within three days. Anyone failing to do this will be arrested.”
One of the rolls of cloth which the people brought was quickly recognized by the merchant as his own, and thus the thief was easily discovered. The merchant recovered his goods, and the cotton rolls were returned to the people.
…at least for me.
As I sit here, in the woods in the town of Wellfleet, making sure a generator keeps running to power part of our cable system, it got me thinking and reflecting on the past year of my life, both in the “real” world and in the internet world.
In the “real” world life was somewhat of a whirlwind. It seems this year was busier than usual. I guess with three children that is somewhat normal, so I expected nothing less. There are (were) times when I am (was) down on myself, and think I could be a better father. Sometimes, to often, I get frustrated and have a hard time coping. I know it is selfish to think these little people should behave the way I want them to. It is humbling for me to come to that realization, and I know it is something I need to work on. Not only for the sake of my children, but for the sanity of our household.
My wife Leah and I hit our 7th year mark as a married couple, although we’ve been together for 11 years. Time definitely does test a relationship, but with love, and the resolve to make it work, our relationship seems to grow stronger when ever there is a bump or scrape. I love my wife with everything that I have, and am working on being a better husband. We all have our inadequacies, I know and realize that, but I refuse to just accept them as they are. I made a vow to be with her through it all, and to assist her in any way possible. That resolve grows stronger by the moment, and I am happy to be able to share this life with such an amazing woman. Where my inadequacies come up short, she is always there to pick up the pieces and work it out. Without her I do not know where I’d be, and I am so grateful to have her in my life. I love her with all of my heart, and always will.
For the first time ever, the Blogisattva Awards has chosen and announced Robert Aitken Roshi as the recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. We’ve had some folks express what he meant to Buddhism in the West.
To see the post about his achievements CLICK HERE
Go and see for yourself!
Visit http://www.blogisattva.org/ to see if your favorite blog/ blogger made it into the finals.
Winners to be announced on Sunday!
That’s right, tomorrow all of the waiting is over, well not completely as we’ll only be announcing the finalists tomorrow.
The 2010 Blogisattva Awards finalists list can be viewed, tomorrow, at http://www.blogisattva.org
We hope you’ll join us in congratulating the finalists and wait patiently for the winners to be announced this weekend!
A big thanks to all the judges, my co-admin and to our graphic designer for bringing the Blogisattvas back to life. A big thanks to Tom Armstrong for giving us his best wishes in rekindling his baby, the Blogisattva Awards!
Ed. note: From an e-mail I received making me aware of the auction. The auction runs until Dec. 6th!
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet, is auctioning an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet him at the Newark Peacemaking Summit to raise funds for Tibet House. The experience is live for bidding at leading charity auction site charitybuzz through December 6th at: http://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/218612
Tibet House and The Infinite Possibilities Foundation, with the support and blessing of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, and the Honorable Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, are organizing the Newark Peacemaking Summit, a high-profile event on the subject of nonviolence. The auction winner will enjoy prime seating and lunch for ten at the summit, a V.I.P. entrance, a sponsor listing, admission to the closing reception, and a small audience and private photo taken with His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Continue reading →
Adapted from an Ajahn Brahm story
A long time ago on a secluded island in the middle of a large and pristine lake, in an old hut in a clearing surrounded by beautiful trees, a young monk lived, meditating diligently.
He had been on the island for a long time, having departed from his teacher’s monastary with the intention of not returning until he had made the big break through. Full awakening, enlightenment.
His days were spent in total solitude. He did not even see the man who rowed over on a weekly basis, bringing his supplies.
One night, after a particularly blissful day, (and it was a full moon night too) he joined the ranks of the fully enlightened beings!!