Daily Archives: May 3, 2017


Sangha news for 5-1-17

An excerpt from True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh:
     “Meditation is the practice of looking deeply into the nature of your suffering and your joy. Through the energy of mindfulness, looking deeply into the nature of our suffering makes it possible to see the deep causes of that suffering. If you can keep mindfulness and concentration alive, then looking deeply will reveal to you the true nature of your pain. And freedom will arise as a result of your sustaining a deep vision into the nature of your pain. Solidity, freedom, calm and joy are the fruits of meditation.”

Sangha notes for 4-24-17

Steve read from The Zen Teaching of Huang Po, translated by John Blofeld:
“It is only in contradistinction to greed, anger and ignorance that abstinence, calm and wisdom exist.
Without illusion, how could there be Enlightenment? Therefore Bodhidharma said: ‘The Buddha enunciated
all Dharmas in order to eliminate every vestige of conceptual thinking. If I refrained entirely from conceptual
thought, what would be the use of all the Dharmas?’ Attach yourselves to nothing beyond the pure Buddha-Nature
which is the source of all things.  Suppose you were to adorn the Void with countless jewels, how could they
remain in position? The Buddha-Nature is like the Void; though you were to adorn it with inestimable merit
and wisdom, how could they remain there? They would only serve to conceal its original Nature and to
render it invisible.”