I love this poem from Thich Nhat Hanh
Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile, learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry, in order to fear and to hope,
the rhythm of my heart is the birth and death of all that is alive….
I am the 12-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving….
Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.
They call me -Drunk
Thief, Liar, Martyr, Fool,
Yet Amida still calls out to me
In this unrepeatable life.
Namu Amida Butsu
Here is a great article in the magazine Buddhadahrma about the Shin Buddhist path. Who are the foolish beings? According to the Shin tradition of Pure Land Buddhism, we all are. Mark Unno explains that only by becoming aware of our limited self and acknowledging our fundamental foolishness can we realize the oneness of all beings and the limitless flow of compassion.
One of the implications of the Mahayana Buddhist idea of emptiness is that the important question is not “What does it mean to be a buddhist?” It is “What does it means to be a human being?” That’s because emptiness applies to Buddhism itself as much as it does to ordinary objects of attachment. It is only when one has been “emptied” of all preconceived categories, including those of Buddhism, that the deepest reality of being human becomes apparent. As the Zen master Dogen states, “To study the buddhadharma is to study the self. To study the self
is to forget the self.”
“Although I too am within Amida’s Buddha’s grasp, Passions obstruct my eyes and I cannot see him;
Nevertheless, great compassion is untiring and illumines me always.”
Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one’s own acts, done and undone.
– The Buddha.
Sunday Morning Gatherings
are open for guests and members from 09:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
2154 S. Highland Drive | North Entrance
Salt lake City, UT 84106
For Information Call 801-502-8130
Beginner and advanced practitioners.
All are welcomed.
The Salt Lake City Buddhist Fellowship serves the greater Salt Lake City region. We are an independent community affiliated the North American Shin Buddhist Association. Our Practice Leader is Mr. Christopher Leibow.
Our community wishes to deeply explore into our hearts and minds to unfold true entrusting in the Oneness of Reality, symbolized as Amida Buddha. In order to deepen our appreciation, knowledge and experience of the Mahayana Buddhist teachings and practices, we use readings from various Buddhist books and multimedia.
In addition, we recognize the importance of practice, therefore, at the beginning of our gatherings we Go for Refuge in the Three Jewels, do inspirational prayers and conduct sacred chants using the Om Mani Padme Hum and Juseige chants, and afterwards we have a brief zazen (quiet sitting). Even though our studies emphasize the Buddhist teachings and practices, we are open to the entirety of world spirituality.
Our gatherings include quiet sitting and voice meditation, plenty of discussion, fellowship and refreshments. The Buddhist Friends want you to know that you are invited to join them in practice.