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#2302 - Monday, October 31, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee
Blessed by the Truth
From the time there appears in this world one who has seen the
truth, a fully awakened one, blessed by the truth, abounding in
happiness, a teacher of wisdom and goodness, a buddha. He, by
himself, thoroughly knows and sees this universe, and knowing it,
makes his knowledge known to others. The truth, lovely in its
origin, lovely in its progress, lovely in its consummation, he
proclaims. A new life he makes known, in all its fullness.
From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2001.
Today my neighbor J. walked into the garden and told me he
nearly died of cancer, he had been three weeks in hospital and
had undergone surgery. I was shocked to see him in the state he
was compared to the end of September. I was typing texts on
compassion and enlightenment oblivious of the fact that my
neighbor was fighting to stay alive and not leave his family
behind so unexpectedwhich as he told me was his main
concern. I dont have words for it at the moment.
I intuited he was afraid to be alone in his house when his wife and son were not there, so he just walked in. It is hard to be alone sometimes I was thinking aloud.
So the man just walked into the garden when he saw the three of us arriving home in the car. The first thing he said was how beautiful our daughter is. There was certain awareness in what he saidit was not about our daughter, it was something of a different order. There was a certain appreciation and clarity in his slow gestures and tender, bright smileweak as he was.
We had a very light hearted, humorous, zen-like talk on life and death and we reached out to each other. It was such a beautiful dayit is the end of October but it could have been spring or the beginning of August. Ill never forget it. And may I be forsaken if Ill ever forget it. I WILL BEAR WITNESS. I WILL BEAR WITNESS. YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT. ILL BEAR WITNESS OF EVERY TEAR AND SMILE IN THE WORLD. JUST BECAUSE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE: ILL BEAR WITNESS.
We will go for walks together. Hell have to undergo chemo and I offered him to go for walks or help him with chores in and around the farmhouse he is rebuilding and wont be able during that period. What can I say? What can I offer?
Just because there is no suffering Ill volunteer to bear witness, to live. Just because there is the unconditioned Ill enter the condition opened, vulnerable and awake.
However I was not there for his wife and son when he was in the hospital. I correspond with people from all over the world and I am not aware to what is happening 20 meters away from where I sit?
I know I can go deeper, must go deeper into impossibility. There is no end to it.
Today Avalokiteshvara walked into the garden. Where was I?
Yesthough it is impossible I will!
Good. I am with you. Ill bear witness too. I will never forget you.
posted by Ben Hassine
Here's your Daily Poem from the Poetry Chaikhana --
|Too Many Names
By Pablo Neruda
meshed with Tuesdays
Thought for the Day:
Your life needs one crucial ingredient:
Wondrous Power of Kuan-yin
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