"Turn your gaze into your heart and at once you are Buddha."
On turning your gaze inward
It's been a pretty tough spring and summer for many of us. The pandemic resulted in dramatic changes in our daily lives, and in society at large. It even affected our group as we were forced to hold our weekly meditation meetings online.
At first there were only a few us meeting on Saturday mornings to chant, sing, and have tea together, though there were 20 or so folks on our newsletter list. But these days eight or nine of us are meeting online regularly, and there are 37 people in our community. We're not only resilient but also growing!
Last Saturday, we read a lovely poem from a book called Zen in Plain English. Check it out below.
A poem by Hanshan, 'Poems from Cold Mountain' (in Zen in Plain English by Stephen Schuhmacher) To talk about food does not fill your belly, To talk about clothes does not keep you warm, To satisfy your hunger you must have a meal, To escape the cold you must have clothes to wear. But you cannot detach from pondering and scrutinizing, And from asserting that to follow Buddha is impossible, Turn your gaze into your heart and at once you are Buddha-- You will never find him outside yourself!
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