Posted by: Upāsaka | 09/04/2020

The Importance of Discipline

I have been concerned with discipline and rules cut almost as long as I can remember and, as I age, I find myself even more attracted to self-mastery through feats of will than I was as a young man. This human like is si precious that it seems a true sin to pass it by in pursuit of pleasures which squander our merit and weaken us in the face of dukkha and tanha.

Perhaps that’s why I am inspired to come up with a routine of spiritual and physical conditioning. Not because I believe that I can develop this body into anything of lasting value but rather for the difficulty of following through and the strengthening of aditthana parami. I will post tomorrow but for now I’m too tired. Good night.

Posted by: Upāsaka | 09/01/2020

A Fool Thinks It Beautiful


By bones and sinews knit,
With flesh and tissue smeared,
And hidden by the skin, the body
Does not appear as it really is…
The fool thinks it beautiful,
His ignorance misguiding him…

— Sutta Nipata, v.194,199

I admit it: I am a fool. Continually intoxicated by pleasing forms, infatuated by craving.

Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/31/2020

Tumors

Or how about this for the body?

“A tumor where nine holes abide

Wrapped in a coat of clammy hide

And trickling filth on every side,

Polluting the air with stenches far and wide.”

— M. R., quoting “Questions of Milinda” 74

Even knowing these things to be true, my wisdom trails my intellectual understanding. I can only hope that by continuously reminding myself of these truths the seeds of pañña will take root.

Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/28/2020

Bold as a Crow

Life is easy for one who is shameless and bold as a crow, who slanders others and is pretentious, aggressive and corrupt.

-Dhammapada 244

Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/27/2020

¿Qué vas a traer al mundo?

Una mañana, tras otra larga noche, sentada en cuclillas sobre la letrina, miraba cómo sale todo.

Por primera vez vi mi cuerpo —no sólo cómo luce, sino lo que hace— transformando lo apreciado en heces.

Me levanté y comencé a caminar.

Al ponerse el sol, pasé por un cementerio.

Ustedes, mis hermanas bajo las hojas —como soy, fueron ustedes, como son, así seré.

Ahí dormí. Y ahí quedé, examinando esta masa de carne y hueso, contemplando muchas masas de carne y hueso, pudriéndose apaciblemente bajo la tierra.

Entonces una mañana lo vi: todo cuanto entra debe salir.

No sólo del cuerpo, de la mente también.

¿Qué vas a traer al mundo, además de lo que dejarás en la letrina?

—Bhikshuni Sundarinanda, Therigatha (Poemas de las primeras monjas budistas)

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City of Forgotten Souls

Una mañana, tras otra larga noche, sentada en cuclillas sobre la letrina, miraba cómo sale todo.

Por primera vez vi mi cuerpo —no sólo cómo luce, sino lo que hace— transformando lo apreciado en heces.

Me levanté y comencé a caminar.

Al ponerse el sol, pasé por un cementerio.

Ustedes, mis hermanas bajo las hojas —como soy, fueron ustedes, como son, así seré.

Ahí dormí. Y ahí quedé, examinando esta masa de carne y hueso, contemplando muchas masas de carne y hueso, pudriéndose apaciblemente bajo la tierra.

Entonces una mañana lo vi: todo cuanto entra debe salir.

No sólo del cuerpo, de la mente también.

¿Qué vas a traer al mundo, además de lo que dejarás en la letrina?

—Bhikshuni Sundarinanda, Therigatha (Poemas de las primeras monjas budistas)

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Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/25/2020

The Beautiful Side of Ugly

Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/23/2020

True Integrity

The longer I practice, the more I find this to her true. Tragedies can occur but nothing has quite the destructive power of a moral failure. Silā and the way of the Noble Ones (which is more inclusive in my mind than the basic precepts) is not solely the dot to the path but is post and parcel of the path itself.

May I always strive to improve my character and observe silā.

Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/22/2020

The Power of the Atanatiya Sutta

Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/19/2020

Do Things You Hate Everyday

Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice. – William James

I keep forgetting to post here because I am busy sharing quotes on other platforms. What ends up happening isn’t all bad but I don’t really get a chance to give my own take. Although the quote above is a paraphrase it is a practice that I intend to take up starting immediately.

For about two weeks things between my wife and I had improved drastically but, sadly and all too predictably, they have now plummeted back into the hell realms. Part of it is her disappointment with me and how she views my contributions to raising the kids and familial duties. She may be right and she may have had enough. I really don’t know anymore but what I do know is that I have no excuse to rest on my laurels and stop striving to be better and do better.

I see that much of my life is involved in arranging circumstances so that I can hide from or avoid things I hate. Things like parking, dealing with people, talking about things. So, in that spirit I will only consider a day to have been w0rthwhile if I have undertaken two things which I am loathe to do.

Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/13/2020

Nalagiri

Searching this morning for inspiration I found this beautiful image of Lord Buddha befriending the raging elephant Nalagiri with the strength of his mettā. Over the years my appreciation of Lord Buddha only grows. What a beautiful being and how fortunate we are to have known him through his teachings.

The Buddha reached forward with his right hand and laid it on the elephant’s brow. “Ambho, Nalagiri,” he said. “You are safe now, my friend.”

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