I could not lie anymore,
So I called my dog God
First he looked confused.
Then he started smiling; then he even danced.
I kept at it; now he doesn’t even bite.
I am wondering if this might work on people?
— Sant Tukaram (1602-1649)
The lie – seeing things as separate. Everything is made out of the same substance. We are the other. Some say it as “we are manifestations of the Universe, of the Tao, of the Divine.” Others say “there is that of God in all beings.” So he began “calling his dog” by his true name, that of which he is a manifestation. More importantly, he began treating his dog that way.
What do you see in the other? Do you see what is different – or what is the same?
What do you react to – the difference or the similarity?
Path to Freedom Internet Course:
Based principally on the Buddha’s teachings, this Training Program is an intense training filled with teachings and practices. Its challenge to the student is to see through his/ her existing beliefs and views. What’s left is an open heart.
This Course is structured around Dogen’s quote:
To study Buddhism is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to find enlightenment in the ten thousand things.
Studying the self: Contemplations cover topics including: cultivating skillful mind states such as gratitude, generosity, patience, and compassion; working effectively with fear and other afflictive emotions; and developing equanimity with the process of aging, illness, and death.
Forgetting the self includes training based upon the practice of insight meditation with sections covering mindful awareness of the body, feelings, states of consciousness, and cognitive processes.
The whole program is about opening the heart. The last few months focus on Non-Duality and Freedom.
More information on the website: www.ChelseaMeditation.com/Internet.html
If possible, please let me know of your interest by April 22nd. Commitment date – June 15