“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
Thus, the transformation of sociological and psychological structures must take place initially in our own minds. . . (this is) the blueprint for revolutionary change, first in the individual, then in the community of which he or she is a part. . .if we truly hope to address the root cause of social suffering -Charles Johnson
Posts Tagged ‘integral
Rapid technological advances. Increased wealth. Stress. Stable lives and careers come under the pressure of accelerating change. The twenty-first century?
the sixth century B.C.E.—a time of destructive warfare, economic dislocation, and widespread disruption of established patterns of life, just like today.
In conditions similar to ours, the Buddha discovered a path to lasting happiness. His discovery—a step-by-step method of mental training to achieve contentment—is as relevant today as ever.
Putting the Buddha’s discovery into practice is no quick fix. It can take years.
The most important qualification at the beginning is a strong desire to change your life by adopting new habits and learning to see the world anew.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana from “Getting Started ,” Tricycle, Fall 2001
(ahh history just continuously repeats itself ~John – but you don’t have too)
Just as energy can be used for many different purposes, so can pure existence be experienced in relation to any phase of life—anger, hatred, or jealousy as well as love and beauty.
Every human action must be carried on through the ego, which plays a role comparable to that of a pipe or channel through which energy is conducted for different uses.
We usually think of the ego as a kind of constant, unchanging entity. In fact, however, it is simply a succession of physical and mental events or pressures that appear momentarily and as quickly pass away.
–Katsuki Sekida, from A Guide to Zen (New World Library)
Is He more like Scorcese’s Last Temptation or Gibson’s Passion? Would your Jesus drive an Army Tank or a Prius? Would He be in support of the war in Iraq or marching in a Peace protest?
Bruce Sanguin, a progressive minister recently featured in EnlightenmentNext magazine, has written a book, The Emerging Church in which he explores how the changing perceptions of Christ help to illuminate the evolution of spirituality throughout human history.
I am excited for the emergence of this book at a time when we seem to be collectively embracing the need for change in our Western American culture. For many people burned out, or burned by, Christianity, this book may offer a healing and resolution. (And for me this fits in with my integral view and understanding of spiral dynamics and my world)
Here are just 4 perspectives in the development of our spirituality with regards to Christ, taken from the EnlightenmentNext article:
The Traditional Christ: “I am the one and only son of God. If you give yourself to me and me alone, you shall be saved and granted eternal life.” (where seen: The Left Behind series, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins)
The Modern Christ: “I am an example of extraordinary human potential. Those who strategically apply my teachings will achieve great success.” (where seen: The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren)
The Postmodern Christ: “My teachings are one among many paths of Truth. I am an example of universal Love, Compassion and Equality.” (where seen: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith , by Marcus Borg)
The Cosmic Christ: “I am the Spiritual impulse itself – an evolutionary intuition embedded within the sacred unfolding of the cosmos.” (where seen: The Phenomenon of Man , by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
Here is a link for an audio: http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/unbound/media.asp?id=247
The book is available from Amazon
The face of impermanence is constantly showing itself. Why do we struggle to hide it? Why do we feed the circle of suffering by perpetuating the myth of permanence? Experiences, friends, relationships, possessions, knowledge – we work so hard to convince ourselves that they will last. When a cup breaks or we forget something, or somebody dies or the seasons change, we’re surprised. We can’t believe it’s over.
… Permanence would be awkward. There would be no beginning and no end . . . Everything would last forever. There’d be no seasons. We’d never be born, grow up, fall in love, have children, grow old or die . . .
No matter how we want to cling to our loved ones, by nature every relationship is a meeting and a parting. This doesn’t mean we have less love. It means we have less fixation, less pain. . . we can relax into the ebb and flow of life.
We don’t have to keep imitating an idea of permanent happiness.
Understanding the meaning of impermanence makes us less desperate people. It gives us dignity. . .
~ SAKYONG MIPHAM RINPOCHE, Turning the Mind into an Ally
For me this dignity is essential in cultivating a heart of compassion (and Sakyong points to this also). If my heart is full of fixation there is no room for anything else to exist. It’s as if this letting go is a first step in taking the focus off of merely myself and opening up to something larger than myself.
I find that embracing the nature of impermanence in the seasons, in financial areas, and relationships to be easier these days. The impermanence in knowledge is becoming more evident in this information age as “things” we thought to be true are quickly outdated and replaced by new information – it’s funny, I still hold certain knowledge to be more permanent – I grasp this tighter; I hold on with a closed fist – especially when I do not see the difference between knowledge and my opinion or I try to make a certain knowledge “fixed” rather than unfolding (which happens when I am caught up in my blue or orange development – see Spiral Dynamics).
I hope to cultivate a bit more dignity in this area.
Divinity has one ultimate secret, which it will also whisper in your ear if your mind becomes quieter than the fog at sunset: the God of this world is found within, and you know it is found within: in those hushed silent times when the mind becomes still, the body relaxes into infinity, the senses expand to become one with the world-
in those glistening times, a subtle luminosity, a serene radiance, a brilliantly transparent clarity shimmers as the true nature of all manifestation, erupting every now and then in a compassionate Radiance before whom all idols retreat,
a love so fierce it adoringly embraces both light and dark, both good and evil, both pleasure and pain equally….
~ Ken Wilber
Source: “Simple Feeling of Being”
(and this is one reason why when I do not sit regularly in meditation, life is not the same. And when I do sit, life is not the same – John)
Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts.
No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.
~ Jack Kornfield, Buddha’s Little Instruction Book
Thank you for all the well wishes, offers, chants and prayers. I am feeling much better, just a bit fatigued now. Many Blessings, John