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Buddhadharma : Spring 2016
spring 2 0 1 6 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 15 why it is important. And something like patience is not something you get by one tremendous insight. You have various insights into it, but then the craft is remem- bering and training. These incremental suggestions, doings, and intentions have tremendous power. They have the power to settle the mind, to make the mind very able to be with the vicissitudes of life. FROM ABhAyAGIRI.ORG, OCTOBER 17, 2015 Good intentions can be like stinky Fruit Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching on his least favorite fruit, says Sister Hai An (Sister Ocean), offers us insight into racism and how our good intentions often miss the mark. As a white person, I’ve been contemplating what it takes for people who do not suffer acutely from racism and police brutality to move from ignorance, apathy, and denial to compassionate action. Thay’s teaching on true love and the durian fruit has brought me a lot of clarity. Thay says that if you love someone and want to make them happy but you keep giving them what they don’t want, it’s not true love. Thay doesn’t like durian fruit, so if you were to give Thay a durian, he would suffer. He says, “With- out understanding, your love is not true love.” Many people think that racism comes from hatred and therefore the antidote most be love. But if we don’t know how to love, our well-intentioned actions miss the mark and become like durians offered to Thay. I see in myself and in those around me that when we don’t understand ourselves and each other, when we can’t handle a person’s or a community’s pain because we are too numb to our own pain or overwhelmed by it, and when we are too busy to feel any- thing at all, true love is impossible. Thanks to this contemplation, I feel more courageous in the practice of true love. I know that I will keep offering durians from time to time, and it’s okay because I’ve also committed to delighting in the process of learning. Moving through disconnection and discomfort into the warm embrace of kinship is surely worth the effort. Learning to accept, embrace, and talk about racial bias is a small but concrete way to fulfill the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Thay to create a beloved community of true love. FROM minDfulneSS Bell, AuTuMN 2015 the internet of the mind According to Guo Xing, phenomena are whatever we turn our mind to—do a search and they just appear. We need to be clear about the relationship between nature and phenomena. The phe- nomena we perceive, using the dualistic mode of the mind, are illusory phenomena. Yet we take these illusory phenomena as reality. Phenomena and the mind are one and the same. Phenomena can undergo many transformations. For instance, a closed hand becomes a fist, and an open hand reveals the palm. They are different forms of the same hand. The only difference is in the function. Nevertheless, we feel as if the palm WWW.muckychris.com