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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Diamond in the Ruff.

Meditation is many things to me. It is the ultimate medication--like garlic it's helps just about everything.

Today's meditation was like sitting under a water fall after a long day of marching through a steamy, exhausting jungle. As I sat there each breath washed away grime of delusions built up in my mind to once again reveal the Buddha nature within all things.

In keeping with the three jewels imagery I see Buddha-nature as a perfectly cut and brilliant diamond buried in the mud of the delusions, greed, anger within the hologram of the self. It gives me perspective to see the self as a suit coat that one wears to work. It can be put on but also taken off and that it only has form when I wrap myself in it.

It is not permanently strapped to me though at times I get so used to it and I forget that I'm wearing it and those are times of delusion thinking that the suit coat gives me comfort but it is a false sense of comfort. It might bring slight warmth (pay raise) for a time but sooner or later it will become constrictive (attachment to money and power) and cause great discomfort (suffering) and must be shed. The trick is for me to be mindful enough to realize that I don't need the suit (self) to realize retirement (Buddhahood) from the work place (samsara).

But let's get back to the diamond--even when all those layers of mud, dirt and silt cover that diamond of Buddha-nature its essence never dulls or changes. Buddha-nature is indestructible and never loses its luster and pure essence regardless of what covers or conceals it. A diamond can wait for eons locked inside a dark, dirty and hard chunk of rock but it's pure nature never changes. It waits locked inside our karma to be unveiled to bask in the vast openness and freedom of Buddhahood to reflect the glorious light of Nirvana.

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~Peace to all beings~

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7 comments:

Uku said...

Beautiful post. No matter what happens, we can always rely on Buddha nature inside of us all.

Thank you, James!

Debra-Dawn said...

I loved your post as well...

I am in the process of trying to teach my children about meditation and how it can benifit them...

...and i came acrossed this website...

http://www.kerryleemaclean.com/

some piggys meditate... and they explain how your mind is like a jar of muddy water... when you settle your mind all the dirt settles at the bottom of the jar...

:)

visually perfect for those that are new to the experience...

(like me)

They call him James Ure said...

Uku:

Absolutely. Taking refuge in Buddha is also taking refuge in our own Buddha nature. The Buddha within.

Debra-Dawn:

That is so great that you are teaching your kids some simple meditation. I'm sure that it can really help calm them down and reassure them. Thanks for adding the link.

The Humāinist said...
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The Humāinist said...

A very beautiful post. I have been meaning to take up meditation again, and this has inspired me all the more. Thank you.

Shinzen Nelson said...

Very nice post. Inspiring. I just found your blog and will do some more reading.

deborahsamantha said...

Great Post. I really love this picture.

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