A rally for peace took place in Boston yesterday, covered only by the local news. As a result, only the violent or anti demonstrations are being seen on the national news. Yet, the potential for goodness and respect in all people is equal.
Likewise, on the BBC news yesterday, a report explained how the Sudan seems to be gearing up for a genocide. Horrible atrocities have been happening for months but the foment is shifting into a dark mood.
What can you or I do for a world situation half the globe away, or for people in Haiti, or for those trying to sort out feelings and philosophies related to the US election? We can bring forward human decency, respect, and kindness.
Ushnisha sitatapatra does so in countless ways, and she invites us to do the same.
Would you like to experience boundless energy? Then bring forward immeasurable joy.
Would you like to receive ceaseless kindness and respect, politeness and courtesy? Then flawlessly offer these to everyone you encounter every day.
Would you like to live in a peaceful, just, and beautiful society – or even better – such a world? Then realize the catalyst that you are for the transformation of humanity through demonstrating absolute equanimity, uprightness, wisdom and justice.
And, would you like to experience a world eased of all suffering? No predation, no greed, no selfishness, no ambiguity, no violence, no harsh words ever thought or said? Then be compassion, boundless, immeasurable, always flowering and bearing the results of benefit and excellence.
Chenrezig (Tibetan form of Avolokiteshvara) is four-armed, sits in vajra (lotus) posture of meditation, smiles with uncompromised serenity and understanding, and holds –as supreme– the wish-fulfilling gem of the heart (bodhichitta). He, like all buddhas and bodhisattvas represents the limitless capacity of a human being. Chenrezig emphasizes the human capacity for boundless loving kindness, boundless joy, boundless equanimity, and boundless compassion.
Step 1: In a Chenrezig practice, one first contemplates what boundless or immeasurable means. Boundless: unlimited, ceaseless, unrestrained, unconditioned by circumstances or otherwise conditioning factors. Immeasurable: always and always expanding or ever more inclusive, uncountable, unfathomable, inconceivable, beyond measure and quantification of any kind.
Step 2: Next, one contemplates what restrains boundless joy and its dynamic vitality? How are serenity and composure altered such that frustration or pettiness or impatience reside instead? What mitigates understanding, and doing so, mitigates care and kindness? Why does one default to the weakened position of selfhishness rather than arising to and abiding as the courageous position of selflessness? And what is the heart? the heart of the matter? the heart of a human being? the heart of understanding? What is bodhichitta – the heart of awakening/the heart of awakeness?
Should one desire a changed world, transformation of a habit or situation, to understand oneself, to invent, create, be present, be happy, or want to provide these things for others, then take on Step 1 and 2. See what results.
This meditation has long silences and profound potential.
Downloadable podcast: Generative: Chenrezig
How many ways are there to remedy a situation? As many as necessary. Just as there “are many roads to Rome,” any number of factors can be addressed in a situation, in each person involved, or in the emotions or beliefs or conditions of a situation. Medicine Buddha represents the wisdom that brings forward just the right remedy from within oneself to perfectly meet a need. At essence, Medicine Buddha has perfected skillful means.
In Buddhist practice, skillful means refers to the multitude of ways that right words and actions (and related qualities and actions) can spontaneously come forward in order to meet a need. The panoply of herbs often pictured with Medicine Buddha are actual remedies for ailments but are also symbolic. For example, the herb nettle is high in iron, vitamin C and K as such it is an excellent remedy for anemia or low iron levels. Nettle also is symbolic of situations that are stinging, or suddenly unpleasant, such as those where a person with a volatile temper or unrestrained emotions is involved. This is because nettles have almost invisible stinging barbs on its leaves. One must harvest them with gloves on. This action represents protecting oneself with the wisdom of knowing what sets the person off and of handling with care. The herb itself also represents strength of character and courage as well as to be made strong from within by relying on personal integrity.
With this Generative meditation, we generated Medicine Buddha’s serenity because it is the source of all possible arising skills, and therefore is the always perfect mother-source of all remedies.
Downloadable podcast: Generative: Medicine Buddha