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Buddhadharma : Summer 2016
summer 2 0 1 6 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 11 first thoughts Just do this one little thing This practice takes only seconds, says Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, and the dharma depends on it. Please, this year, spend five seconds really wanting the buddhadharma to flourish in this samsara. Just simply wishing this will do. I am not even asking you to light a lamp, burn incense, fold your palms, chant a mantra, or sit and meditate. Just a sincere and clear wish from a lot of us, however short, will be the key to the bud- dhadharma’s flourishing, longevity, and strengthening. This is because the real hardship was borne and accomplished by the Buddha himself, who endured so much difficulty in his bodhisattva days. For the ailing, the bodhisattva forsook his own sustenance. For one word of bodhichitta, the bodhi- sattva gave his own child, spouse, and wealth. To hear one single word of truth, the bodhisattva undertook penance and paid homage, venerated and made offerings to truth tellers, renunciants, and arhats. The bodhisattva went through such hard- ships in order to lead all beings through the three vehicles and give them the dharma. He engaged in every possible action to rescue beings from the fires of emotion and to help them win victory over non-virtue and enjoy the wealth of virtue. And the bodhisattva put his utmost effort into rescuing beings from the dungeon of wrong views and lead- ing them in the right direction to the right view. There was never an ounce of doubt that the dharma would not flourish. The key to ensuring the dharma will now continue to flourish and remain depends only on our mere wanting of the dharma. So once again, I urge you to spend just a few seconds simply wanting the dharma to flourish and remain. If we wish for harmony, peace, and prosperity, Shakya- muni must prevail. FROM ThE E-NEWSLETTER OF KhyENTSE FOuNDATION AND SIDDhARThA’S INTENT, DECEMBER 31, 2015 the dance of Zen Gesshin Greenwood says Japanese Zen is like ballet, while American Zen is like modern dance. Now, after training in Japan for five years, she’s ready to break loose. Whether you’re in Japan or the U.S., in Zen, true practice is all the same practice. There’s zazen in the morning, work, zazen, and then sleep. There’s always your mind, your thoughts and opinions and emotions drift- ing by like clouds. There’s your attitude and attention, and there are doubts and fears and then letting go of those doubts, and continuing with practice. Insight Calligraphies by Thich Nhat Hanh from This Moment Is Full of Wonders (Chronicle 2015)