I just read this beautiful book and here are some key take-aways!
The Three Vows
Or Three Commitments
1) Pratimoksha - foundation for personal liberation - not cause harm to others with our actions words thoughts
2) Bodhisattva - commitment to helping others - ease suffering of the world - keep hearts minds open and nurture compassion
3) Samaya - embrace the world just as it is without bias
Chris Hedges: “the moral ambiguity of human existence”
- we grab at pleasure and try to avoid pain
When we resist change = suffering
Opposite = enlightenment (acceptance or recognition?)
Fixed identity = “ego clinging” = false security
- first blow to fixed identity is precipitated by a crisis - when things fall apart - feel like world is crumbling yet its the fixed identity that’s crumbling - cause to celebrate
Shenpa = attachment = being hooked
- the barometer of ego clinging, gauge of self involvement and self importance
Jill Bolte Taylor’s “stroke of insight”
- emotion like anger that’s an automatic response lasts just 90 seconds from the time its triggered until it runs its course - 1.5 minutes
- if it lasts any longer its because we’ve chosen to rekindle it
Kleshas = strong emotions like anger, craving, pride, jealousy - conflicting emotions that cloud the mind
Samsara = pain = going around and around - recycling same patterns
Feelings = road signs or barometers that tell us we’re in touch with groundlessness
Thich Naht Hanh - 5 precepts
1. Protect life
2. Respect what belongs to others
3. Not harming others with sexual energy
4. Mindful speech
5. Protect body and mind
Sojong = Buddhist practice performed twice monthly on Full moon and New moon - the day before you review the preceding two weeks and reflect: What have I done with my body? What have I done with my speech? What about my mind?
Tonglen practice = Buddhist meditation practice - core practice for warriors in training - the most effective tool for developing courage and arousing sense of oneness with others = Tibetan word meaning “sending and receiving”
The Charnel Ground - has become a metaphor for life as it is rather than how we would like it to be
Rumi: TWO KINDS OF INTELLIGENCE
There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.
With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always
more marks on your preserving tablets.
There is another kind of tablet, one
already complete and preserved inside you.
A spring, overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it does not move from outside to inside
through the conduits of plumbing-learning.
This second knowledge is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.
Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight.
Be a connoisseur, and taste with caution.
Any wine will get you high.
Judge like a king, and choose the purest,
not the ones adulterated with fear,
or some urgency about “what’s needed.”
Drink the wine that moves you
as a camel moves when it’s been untied,
and is just ambling about.
Rumi, The Many Wines
May the long time sun
Shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on