Thursday, September 17, 2020

Zoom Day of Mindfulness Saturday Sept 19: 10:00am-1:30pm

 

Invites you to a Day of Mindfulness Saturday September 19, 2020, 10:00am-1:30pm

Unborn and Indestructible

With David Flint

Enter Zoom beginning 9:55am

email davidrflint@gmail.com for Zoom Link

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In our time being wonderfully  together, we share the Practices of Sitting and Walking Meditation, Total Relaxation, Dharma Sharing, and more: all grounded in mindful breathing and noble silence.

email davidrflint@gmail.com for Zoom Link


Teachings to Contemplate 

“Unborn and indestructible,

Unborn and indestructible, 

Beyond time and space, 

Beyond time and space. 

This body and these feelings, 

Were transmitted to me, 

By my mother and my father, 

By my teachers, my friends and all living beings. 

And that which is transmitted, 

Is no less than the transmitter, 

And I who receive the transmission, 

What am I but that which is transmitted to me? 

Unborn and indestructible,

Unborn and indestructible, 

Beyond time and space, 

Beyond time and space

I am my mother, I am my father, 

I am my teachers, I am my friends, 

I am one and yet I am many, 

I am none, I am all, no beginning, no end. 

Unborn and indestructible,

Unborn and indestructible, 

Beyond time and space, 

Beyond time and space

This body is not me, 

These perceptions are not me, 

And I am not limited by this body, 

I am one with all life, I have always been free. “

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LOOKING DEEPLY AT YOUR HAND

Whose hand is this that has never died?

Who is it that was born in the past?

Who is it that will die in the future?

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors.  All of them are alive in this moment.  Each is present in your body.  You are the continuation of these people.  Your hand proves that you have never been born and you will never die.  The thread of life has never been interrupted from time without beginning until now.  Previous generations, all the way back to single-celled beings [and before] are present in your hand at this moment.  You can observe and experience this.  Your hand is always available as a subject of meditation.

Since we are never born, how can we cease to be? …. When we have a tangible experience of non-birth and non-death, we know ourselves beyond duality.  [This meditation] is one way to pass through the gate of birth and death.” 

 [From Present Moment, Wonderful Moment, 13-14.]


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Where water, earth, fire, and wind have no footing:

There the stars do not shine,

the sun is not visible,

the moon does not appear,

darkness is not found.

And when a sage,

a brahman through sagacity,

has known [this] for himself,

then from form and formless,

from bliss and pain,

  he is freed

[Excerpt from ‘Bahiya Sutta,’  www.accesstoinsight.org]

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“Ræhula, develop meditation that is like space; for when

you develop meditation that is like space, arisen agreeable and

disagreeable contacts will not invade your mind and remain. Just

as space is not established anywhere, so too, Ræhula, develop

meditation that is like space for when you develop meditation

that is like space, arisen agreeable and disagreeable contacts will

not invade your mind and remain.”

~ M 62.17, [accesstoinsight.org]

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When we see there is already a precious jewel in our pocket,

We give up every attitude of craving or coveting…..

Seeing that we are the sun, we give up the candle’s habit of fearing the wind.

Seeing that life has no boundaries, we give up all imprisoning divisions.”

[Breathe! You are Alive, 3rd edition, Kindle location 841]

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“the effect of meditation is the fire under a pot, the sun’s rays on the snow, and the hen’s warmth on her eggs….there is no attempt at reasoning or analysis, just patient and continuous concentration [allowing truth to reveal itself.]” With our patient and continuous practice we will “follow our breathing and meditate on the beginningless and endless nature of ourselves and the world.”      [From The Sun, My Heart]”

 

Breathe and You Know that You are Alive

Breathe and you know that you are alive.

Breathe and you know that all is helping you.

Breathe and you know that you are the world.

Breathe and you know that the flower is breathing too.

Breathe for yourself and you breathe for the world.

Breathe in compassion and breathe out joy.


Breathe and be one with the air that you breathe.

Breathe and be one with the river that flows.

Breathe and be one with the earth that you tread.

Breathe and be one with the fire that glows.

Breathe and you break the thought of birth and death.

Breathe and you see that impermanence is life.


Breathe for your joy to be steady and calm.

Breathe for your sorrow to flow away.

Breathe to renew every cell in your blood.

Breathe to renew the depths of consciousness.

Breathe and you dwell in the here and now.

Breathe and all you touch is new and real.


 


  


Sunday, August 2, 2020

Zoom Day of Mindfulness August 15, 2020: 10:00am-1:30pm: Walking Joyfully in the Ultimate Dimension

Community of Mindfulness New York Metro

Inspired by the Teaching and Practice of Thich Nhat Hanh

Invites you to a Zoom Day of Mindfulness 

 

Walking Joyfully in the Ultimate Dimension

With David Flint

Saturday August 15, 10:00am-1:30pm. Enter beginning at 9:55am

Email davidrflint@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

 

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In our time together, we share the Practices of Sitting and Walking Meditation, Total Relaxation, Dharma Sharing, and more: all grounded in mindful breathing and noble silence.


“No one who has ever touched liberation could possibly want anything other than liberation for everyone.” 

Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, https://www.lionsroar.com/your-liberation-is-on-the-line/

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Walking joyfully in the Ultimate Dimension,

Walk with your feet,

not with your head.

If you walk with your head you’ll get lost.


Teaching the Dharma in the Ultimate Dimension,

Falling leaves fill the sky.

The path is covered in Autumn Moonlight.

The Dharma is abundant in all Directions.


Discussing Dharma in the Ultimate Dimension,

We look at each other and smile.

You are me, don’t you see?

Speaking and listening are one.


Enjoying lunch in the historical dimension,

I feed all generations of ancestors

And all future generations.

Together, we will find our way.


Getting angry in the historical dimension,

We close our eyes and look deeply.

Where will we be in 300 years?

We open our eyes and hug.


Resting in the Ultimate Dimension,

Using snowy mountains as a pillow

And beautiful pink clouds as blankets.

Nothing is lacking.


Meditating in the Ultimate Dimension,

Sharing Prabhutaranta’s Lion Seat,

Every moment is a realization,

Every fruit is ripe and delicious.

[Cultivating the Mind of Love, Kindle Location 887; end of Chapter 14.]

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Related Teachings for Contemplation

“the effect of meditation is the fire under a pot, the sun’s rays on the snow, and the hen’s warmth on her eggs….there is no attempt at reasoning or analysis, just patient and continuous concentration [allowing truth to reveal itself.]” With our patient and continuous practice we will “follow our breathing and meditate on the beginningless and endless nature of ourselves and the world.” [From The Sun, My Heart]”

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“Ræhula, develop meditation that is like space; for when

you develop meditation that is like space, arisen agreeable and

disagreeable contacts will not invade your mind and remain. Just

as space is not established anywhere, so too, Ræhula, develop

meditation that is like space for when you develop meditation

that is like space, arisen agreeable and disagreeable contacts will

not invade your mind and remain.”

~ M 62.17, (Bhikkhu Bodhi & Bhikkhu Ñæ1⁄4amoli trans.)

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When we see there is already a precious jewel in our pocket,

We give up every attitude of craving or coveting…..

Seeing that we are the sun, we give up the candle’s habit of fearing the wind.

Seeing that life has no boundaries, we give up all imprisoning divisions.”

[Breathe! You are Alive, 3rd edition, Kindle location 841]

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“The present moment 

Contains past and future. 

The secret of transformation 

Is in the way we handle this very moment. 

  

Transformation takes place 

In our daily life. 

To make the work of transformation easy, 

Practice with a Sangha 

  

Nothing is born, nothing dies. 

Nothing to hold onto, nothing to release. 

Samsara is nirvana. 

There is nothing to attain.

  [From the “Path of Practice” verses, in Transformation at the Base]







Interbeing

The sun has entered me.

The sun has entered me together with the cloud and the river.

I myself have entered the river, and I have entered the sun with the cloud and the river.

There has not been a moment

when we do not interpenetrate.

But before the sun entered me,

the sun was in me —also the cloud and the river.

Before I entered the river,

I was already in it.

There has not been a moment

when we have not inter-been.

Therefore you know

that as long as you continue to breathe,

I continue to be in you.

[Interbeing, in Call Me By My True Names]



Where water, earth, fire, and wind have no footing:
There the stars do not shine,
the sun is not visible,
the moon does not appear,
darkness is not found.
And when a sage,
a brahman through sagacity,
has known [this] for himself,
then from form and formless,
from bliss and pain,
  he is freed

[Excerpt from ‘Bahiya Sutta,’  www.accesstoinsight.org



"In the historical dimension, every dharma is a conditioned dharma. In the ultimate dimension, every dharma is an unconditioned dharma."  "If we are skillful we can touch Nirvana with our insight into interdependent co-arising, impermanence and non-self.  We see that Nirvana lies right here in the present moment: in the table, the chair, the mountain, the cloud and each cell of our body."


Like the path of birds in the sky

It is hard to trace the Path of those who do not hoard

Who are judicious with their food

And whose field is the freedom of emptiness and signlessness

Like the path of birds in the Sky

It is hard to trace the Path

Of those who have destroyed their toxins,

Are unattached to food

And whose field is the freedom

Of emptiness and signlessness”

[From Dhammapada, Gil Fronsdal]


Unborn and indestructible, 

Beyond time and space, 

Beyond time and space

I am my mother, I am my father, 

I am my teachers, I am my friends, 

I am one and yet I am many, 

I am none, I am all, no beginning, no end. 

Unborn and indestructible,

Unborn and indestructible, 

Beyond time and space, 

Beyond time and space

This body is not me, 

These perceptions are not me, 

And I am not limited by this body, 

I am one with all life, I have always been free.

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