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Buddhadharma : Fall 2017
fall 2 0 1 7 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 11 first thoughts Just now mind Zen teacher Dae Kwang says that right now, in this moment, there’s no way for you to practice Buddhism. And that’s as it should be. Buddhism has a very radical teaching: there’s no process, there’s only this moment. You’re always in the moment, but you think you aren’t. That’s all. Tell me the truth, does anybody ever have the past? If you can bring me even one molecule of it, you’ll win the Nobel Prize in physics. You can think about the past, but you can never get it. The same is true of the future. Buddhism says that the past is dead and the future is just a dream. Maybe it’s a good dream, or maybe it’s a bad dream, but it’s just a kind of dream. If you cut off all thinking, past and future are the same. That’s very inter- esting; it means you can’t ever practice Bud- dhism. It’s not possible. We say, “practice Buddhism” or “prac- tice Zen,” but that’s a mistake. Here’s why: have you ever practiced the piano? Your mother said, “You have to sit down and practice the piano for twenty minutes tonight.” So you sat down and started practicing: ding, ding, ding...We call that practice. But what were you really doing? You were playing the piano. Your whole life is like that. We say, “I’m going to basketball practice.” When I was young, I was always going to basketball practice. But, of course, when you get there, what do you do? You play basketball. We just call it practice. The same thing is true of Buddhist prac- tice. It’s not practice—it’s your life, moment to moment to moment. WINTeR 2006 the meaning of lineage Pema Chödrön considers the precious gift of lineage and says we should not succumb to skepticism when the means by which lin- eage is transmitted—rituals, practices, and other outer forms—are abused. Lineage can be regarded as something like a time capsule. It is very precious, extremely rare, and extraordinarily useful. It repre- sents someone understanding the truth—not just intellectually but completely, as a full experience. It would be a great shame to throw out the time capsule because of the fact that it has been abused, to throw out the ritu- als, the forms, and the practices because of our bad experiences. Of course, it can be corrupted. Throughout time, because of the crazy people we are, good things get misused. And because people have fear, they will take the forms and make them into dogma, or use them for political gain, or cause schisms in the group as a result of fighting over the outer parts. 3-D PRINTINg | muckychris WWW.muckychris.com best of