When you can take a breath, remember who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish, it gives you the strength to face your demons. - John Porcellino
In his exceptional book Buddhist Yoga, written in the late 1950s, Kanjitsu Iijima, writes:
"I would like to make a suggestion,especially to the ladies. Whenever you think of it, practice long, rhythmical breathing twenty minutes a day, or six times a day divided into three minutes per session, and your complexion will become more beautiful than it could ever become from using expensive cosmetics, and you will glow with a natural charm."
The sun rises, the sun sets—it’s impossible to hold onto the day or night. Enjoy what comes and be at peace with what doesn't. - Roger Gabriel
John Porcellino is an artist who publishes comic books. He's also committed to his practice of Zen. Interviewed recently in Lion's Roar Magazine, he related a time when a major illness came into his life. His way of managing that time is instructive and inspiring:
"When I got very ill, the first thing I thought, naturally, was “Why me?” But just as naturally, the next thought was, “Why not me?” Terrible things happen to people every day. Why should I be exempt? I saw my illnesses in the context of my practice. They were an opportunity to explore selflessness, patience, fearlessness."
(read the entire interview with John at https://www.lionsroar.com/buddhism-includes-everything-even-comic-books/ )
December is a busy month for all of us and, perhaps, all the more reason to make a little room for silence.
Please join me this Friday evening - December 01 - at our center for a Holiday Meditation Retreat 6 - 8 pm. We will have silent meditation, chanting, candle gazing meditation and think about ways to have inner peace on earth.
The world is what it is; we have to face what is happening around us, our relationships, or just whatever goes on in our own mind. We cannot expect it all to go away. We have to be practical otherwise, we just create further suffering for ourselves. - Dzigar Kongtrul