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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

My Happy Continuation Day!!


James: Yesterday was my 30th birthday but I prefer to use the Thay's term, "Happy Continuation Day" to describe the special event. If you are not aware of this concept then allow me to quote Thich Nhat Hanh:

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. To be born means that something which did not exist comes into existence. But the day we are “born” is not our beginning. It is a day of continuation. But that should not make us less happy when we celebrate our “Happy Continuation Day.” Since we are never born, how can we cease to be? This is what the Heart Sutra reveals to us. When we have tangible experience of non-birth and non-death, we know ourselves beyond duality. The meditation on “no separate self” is one way to pass through the gate of birth and death. Your hand proves that you have never been born and you will never die. The thread of life has never been interrupted from time without beginning until now. Previous generations, all the way back to single cell beings, are present in your hand at this moment. You can observe and experience this. Your hand is always available as a subject for meditation.

--Thich Nhat Hanh, Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

James: I received a beautiful gift of a Tibetan singing bowl (like the one pictured) for my continuation day from my generous wife. The bowl has such a rich and enlightening sound that will be a great addiction to my practice. It has some markings on it one of which are the eye's of the Buddha that you often see on Nepalese/Tibetan temples and monasteries. In the very bottom of the bowl is a "yin/yang" symbol with the mantra of compassion, OM MANI PADME HUNG repeated all around the outside.

Happy continuation day is a great time to reflect on the impermanence and interconnectivity of all things.

-Peace to all-

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11 comments:

isaiah said...

Happy Continuation Day James!

Continue on!

Namaste

James said...
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"James" said...

Isaiah: Thanks friend!!

Gareth said...

Happy Continuation Day, and what a wonderful gift :)

andi said...

Happy CD, J! (she says, secretly drooling over J's birthday gift.)

I haven't checked in here for a while - I guess I must have needed to stop by today to catch up. Between the photos you choose, the dharma lessons and your own shared experience, coming here is always like cool water on a hot, fevered forehead.

thank you.

p.s. i am teaching my daughter how to say bow and say "namaste" at the end of her nightly prayer. it's incredibly cute, and wonderful way to reconnect with her after the often challenging bedtime routine.

John K said...

Happy 30th!

"James" said...

Gareth: Thank-you kindly and yes, the bowl is a great gift.

Andi: Hehe...yeah I hope I don't get too attached to it. ;) I thank-you very much for your kind comments about this blog. I'm glad that it is so beneficial for you and others. I love that story about your daughter bowing and saying namaste after her eveing prayer....awwwwww. Soooo cute!!!

John: (bows) Thank-you.

marieroshi said...

Hey, your birthday gift sounds awesome. And your wife sounds awesome, too. Do your thing, man.

"James" said...

kwMarie Roshi: Yeah, I really like the bell. It is always such a great reminder of mindfulness. As for my wife, she is great. She is a bodhisattva in my opinion.

Nacho said...

Hey James! Sorry for this belated message, I just got to visit again, but Happy Happy Continuation Day! I hope your Sangha and you celebrated it in joy and lovingkindness. They did do the Sangha Belly-Rubbing for Buddha's to be, no? : ) You lay out in the middle, every member of the sangha rubs your belly and says a few words of wisdom? : )

Oh, have lots of fun James. I hope 30 is a fabulous year. All the best to you. Neat gift indeed!

"James" said...

Nacho mon ami!!! Good to hear from you! Thank-you for the Happy Continuation Day wishes!! Go to sangha this afternoon and so we'll see how we celebrate. :) Yeah, I'm excited about turning 30.

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