October 2005 Meetingbrook Dogen & Francis Hermitage Update
Theme -- Beyond Separation/Before Union :
Solitude is an empty place.
Community surrounds emptiness.
Ayya Khema, a Buddhist nun in the Theravada tradition, writes on "Nothing Special” --
Each person has a
poustinia. It is our desert place -- a little bit away from
busyness, a space in heart
and mind reserved
for the emptiness we must
face. It is here I carry our koan: "Embodying the dwelling place of
the Alone; stepping aside to make room for another." If
embodying emptiness is our incarnational task, that prospect
seems unattractive -- thus it is
understandable that we are uninterested in the spiritual life.
If God meets us in the solitude of our heart -- a heart that
sometimes is broken -- then
it is no surprise we prefer the company of others we believe
will save us from what we call desolation and loneliness.
Let's return to this "normal." Our
conversation with, as, in, and through
God is our normal (some say mystical)
But we have, unfortunately,
manufactured an artificial environment
of blather and noise, opinion and propaganda,
dogma and doctrine that substitutes
for the real thing.
fullness and emptiness.
is conversation held between
Where is this "home" we
are being called
to? Are we being called to let go
of all the illusions
created by ideologies,
doctrines telling us what to believe
kind of future
world must come to be? Are we ready
to relinquish what
we have come to
think of as
my country, my religion,
my people, and
my God? Are we ready to open our hands
and let fall to
ground what no longer nourishes
Let our hands do
something. Let them open the gate and invite one and all
Sincerely, in the Way and the Dharma,
, Cesco , Mu-ge ,
Note: Dedicated with love and gratitude for Sando who died on the feast of the Archangels, 29Sept05
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