May no obstacle …

May we all carry this loving blessing with us as we go. Just as the soft rains fill the streams, pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans, so may the power of every moment of your goodness flow forth to awaken and heal all beings.  Those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.

By the power of every moment of your goodness, may your heart’s wishes be soon fulfilled completely shining as the bright full moon, as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem. By the power of every moment of your goodness.

May all dangers be averted, nd all disease be gone.

May no obstacle come across your way.

May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.

For all in whose heart dwells respect, who follow the wisdom and compassion of the Way, May your life prosper in the four blessingsof old age, beauty, happiness and strength.

~ Unknown Source

Seeking the Dharma

In the Genjokoan (Actualizing the Fundamental Point), Zen Master Dogen writes:

When one first seeks the dharma,
one is far away from its environs.

When one has already correctly transmitted
the dharma to oneself, one is one’s original
self at that moment.

Dogen Zenji’s teaching reminds us of our initial separation from what is ours. When we begin to seek the dharma, there is an “I” that looks for it over “there.” But the dharma is already alive in us and requires only that we realize it, which is what he means in the second sentence: having “correctly transmitted the dharma to oneself,” one is one’s real self in that moment.

I think all of us yearn to experience ourselves as whole and complete, to live our lives fully and freshly in each moment. But something blocks us, and Zen training is one way to see that, all along, we have what we need. This is called the realization of the original self.

– Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, “An Introduction to Zen.”

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Love and Affection

Material progress and a higher standard of living bring us greater comfort and health but do not lead to a transformation of the mind, which is the only thing capable of providing lasting peace. Profound happiness, unlike fleeting pleasures, is spiritual in nature. It depends on the happiness of others, and it is based on love and affection. ~ His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama