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Talks from this Retreat on DharmaSeed | Retreat Code: JKFS

Buddhists: Help Get Out the Vote

A Challenge to Buddhists by Bikkhu Bodhi

A Wish by Kitty O’Meara

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and we’re still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the Earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the Earth fully, as they had been healed.”

Nyoshul Khenpo

We are not practicing for ourselves alone since everyone is involved and included in the great scope of this perfectly pure motivation, to benefit others. Whatever else we might do is secondary to that.

And if we cultivate this good heart, this altruistic unselfish attitude, then all strife and struggle will naturally be pacified, purified, transformed (in us), and become beneficial to others through contact with that good heart, which we—the bodhisattvas—strive to embody.

Flight of the Garuda Song #1

Emaho! I the untroubled and carefree renunciate will now sing this song about this view entitled the flight of the Garuda. It enables one to swiftly traverse all the levels and the paths. Listen carefully fortunate children of my heart. In both samsara and nirvana the renown of the Enlightened state is widely heard like thunder throughout the sky. As this always remains within minds of the beings of the six realms how amazing that one is never separate from it for even an instant. Not knowing that the state is within oneself how amazing that one searches for it elsewhere. Although it is clearly manifest like the radiant disc of the sun, how amazing that so few see it. Having no father and mother one’s mind is the true Buddha how amazing that it knows neither birth nor death. No matter how much happiness and sorrow that is experienced how amazing that it is neither impaired nor improved even in the slightest. How amazing that without being fabricated this mind which is unborn and primordially pure, is spontaneously present from the beginning. This self-awareness is naturally free from the very first, how amazing that it is liberated by just resting at ease in whatever happens.

Awareness Knowing Itself
by Danna Faulds

Settle in the here and now.

Reach down into the center where the world is not spinning and drink this holy peace.

Feel relief flood into every cell. Nothing to do.

Nothing to be but what you are already.

Nothing to receive but what flows effortlessly from the mystery into form.

Nothing to run from or run toward. Just this breath, awareness knowing itself as embodiment.

Just this breath, awareness waking up to truth.

by Mary Oliver

There’s this shape, black as the entrance to a cave.
A longing wells up in its throat
like a blossom
as it breathes slowly.

What does the world
mean to you if you can’t trust it
to go on shining when you’re
not there? and there’s
a tree, long-fallen; once
the bees flew to it, like a procession
of messengers, and filled it
with honey.

I said to the chickadee, singing his heart out in the
green pine tree:
little dazzler
little song,
little mouthful.

The shape climbs up out of the curled grass. It
grunts into view. There is no measure
for the confidence at the bottom of its eyes-
there is no telling
the suppleness of its shoulders as it turns
and yawns.
Near the fallen tree
something- a leaf snapped loose
from the branch and fluttering down- tries to pull me
into its trap of attention.
It pulls me
into its trap of attention,
And when I turn again, the bear is gone.

Look, hasn’t my body already felt
like the body of a flower?
Look, I want to love this world
as thought it’s the last chance I’m ever going to get
to be alive
and know it.

Sometimes in late summer I won’t touch anything, not
the flowers, not the blackberries
brimming in the thickets; I won’t drink
from the pond; I won’t name the birds or the trees;
I won’t whisper my own name.

One morning
the fox came down the hill, glittering and confident,
and didn’t see me- and I thought:
so this is the world.
I’m not in it.
It is beautiful.

Love in Action — published by the Belfast Covid-19 response: Video Link

Mindful Self-Compassion Break. ~ Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

  1. Place your hand on your heart. (Physiologically soothes and calms)
  2. Say to yourself: “This is really hard.” (or some variation that resonates with you like:“This is a moment of suffering.”)
  3. Then say: "I'm not alone. Many others are going through this too." or "Suffering is a part of life.” (You might find it helpful to reflect on all the people in the world who are going through what you are right now.)
  4. Then say: “May I hold (make space for) my suffering with kindness and compassion.”

by Jennifer Welwood

Willing to experience aloneness,

I discover connection everywhere;

Turning to face my fear,

I meet the warrior who lives within;

Opening to my loss,

I gain the embrace of the universe;

Surrendering into emptiness,

I find fullness without end.


Each condition I flee from pursues me,

Each condition I welcome transforms me

And becomes itself transformed

Into its radiant jewel-like essence.

I bow to the one who has made it so,

Who has crafted this Master Game;

To play it is purest delight;

To honor its form – true devotion.

The Great Realization


Letter from the Virus: #LISTEN

Part 1 in English, Part 2 in Italian. Listen to both if you can, as they have different effects.

Love in Action — published by the Belfast Covid-19 response

When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty football fields, the empty GAA pitches, even the empty children's play parks, don't say to yourself, "It looks like the end of the world," he says.

What you are seeing is love in action. What you are seeing in those empty spaces is how much we do care for each other.
We care for our grandparents, our parents, our brothers and sisters, for all those with underlying health problems. We care for people we will never meet.

People will lose jobs over this. People will lose their businesses and some will also lose their lives.

This is all the more reason to just take a moment when you're out on your walk or on your way to the shops or just watching the news to look into the emptiness and marvel at all of that love. Let it fill you and let it sustain you.

It isn't the end of the world - it is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness in our lifetime.
So stay safe folks, stay at home and may God bless you.



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