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Buddhadharma : Fall 2017
fall 2 0 1 7 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 17 present for you in my diaper.” As children and adults, we develop speech so we can communicate more effectively. When our words are not heard, we feel that the fun- damental purpose of the voice has not been served. What is the sound of invisibility? It’s the sound of a voice that no one hears. So keep your ears vibrating. SPRING 2013 the gentle rays of dharma The inherent goodness of our original nature, says Gaylon Ferguson, enables us to be gentle in our practice. For us as practitioners—that is, as people interested in the experience-based practice of meditation—the fundamental teaching of joining original nature and mind training is of much more than theoretical interest. The practical importance of this approach, this view of meditation, is that because we are going with the grain of our being, we can afford to be gentle in all aspects of our training. Particularly, our approach to train- ing ourselves through meditation can be infused with gentleness. This way of awak- ening is gentle in the beginning, gentle in the middle, and gentle in the end. Gentleness expresses confidence in the inherent good- ness of our original nature. We don’t need to aggressively grasp after higher states of consciousness; the light touch of awareness is all that is needed. We don’t need to force the rays of the sun to radiate—radiating warmth and light is the spontaneous prac- tice of the sun. SuMMeR 2009 a plastic red ring MuMun Algernon D’Ammassa shares his delight about his son’s curiosity and affec- tion for everyday things. My son Gabriel puts the entire universe in his mouth. He is eighteen months old and voracious with curiosity. He treats every object with absorbed attention, but also with something that would best be called tenderness. Different objects become his favorites for periods of time: a plastic toy screw, a stone, one of mama’s slippers. He cherishes these artifacts, pulling them out and examining them all over again in loving detail, tracing them with his fingers, smell- ing them. An adult mistake is to think the object or icon is special, but that’s not it. “It” has to do with the transmission of this tenderness for life. It just happens that a plastic ring may serve as a reminder. So might a wed- ding band or a gift from a loved one, but the object is incidental. This is also true of people. A person is no more special than a red plastic ring. Our forms are here for a while, moving and changing before passing on like clouds. Still, a person can remind us, for at least one moment, of our original connection, of the wholeness of life and all its beauty. Today, while I was at work, I felt some- thing in my back pocket and discovered a red plastic ring that is one of Gabriel’s favored objects lately. In an instant, I was overcome with the same tenderness Gabriel shows to things just as they are. WINTeR 2010 WWW.muckychris.com