Dharma Message for 2Q10

Taungpulu Sayadaw Taungpulu Sayadaw on “What Makes Meditation?”
(Translated by Rina Sircar)

“When you know that you are having greed, you are no longer in ignorance, but possess knowledge.
If you know that you are angry, and have hatred, you are no longer in ignorance but possess knowledge.
When you know that you are having ignorance, that knowing becomes knowledge and it is meditation.
Even if you become aware of the feeling, ‘I don’t want to meditate,’ that means that you have the insight that you don’t want to meditate. Since you know that you do not want to meditate, that knowing becomes the meditation — the mindfulness and awareness that you know what you don’t want to do.”

(Excerpted from Blooming in the Desert, Favorite Teachings of the Wildflower Monk Taungpulu Sayadaw, Edited by Anne Teich, North Atlantic Books, 1996)

Dharma Message for 1Q10

Nyogen Senzaki’s Prayer

(Excerpted from Like A Dream, Like A Fantasy, Japan Publication, Inc., 1978)

Nyogen Senzaki Dharmakaya is the Buddha’s holy body.  It is the everlasting sea of noumena. It is the eternal reality of the universe.  From this transcendent point of view,  there is no coming of the Buddha, and so there is no going of the Buddha. Yet in the endless sea of phenomena arise the waves of charity and loving-kindness, to enlighten the ignorance of all fellow beings.  The eternal reality reveals its loving-kindness in the manifestation of the waves of phenomena. Thus, there is coming of Buddha, and so there is going of Buddha, from the phenomenal viewpoint of life.

My first prayer is to make myself a mirror of Dharmakaya, and reflect the whole world and the beings therein …

My last prayer is that the everlasting waves will carry us all to emancipation, so that we may enter the flowery door of Buddhahood. My adoration is for the knowledge of all Buddhas, and I will devote my life to enlighten myself and have others enlightened.

NOTE: Sensaki was a dear friend and mentor to two members of the SFTS Lodge, Samuel Lewis and Agnes Kast. His teacher Soyen Shaku was one of the first Zen teachers to come to the United States. Senzsaki’s dharma brother was the renown D.T. Suzuki. Soyen Shaku said that Suzuki’s mission was to become famous and influence the course of Western culture, and that Senzaki’s mission was to live the simple life of a monk, and be like a seed planted in the earth.

Dharma Message for Q309 & Q409

Meister Eckhart via Matthew Fox
Meister Eckhart “God is creating the entire universe, fully and totally, in the present now.”
(Wrestling with the Prophets)

“God is a great underground river that no one can dam up and no one can stop.”
(Wrestling with the Prophets)

“The outward work can never be small if the inward one is great, and the outward work can never be great or good if the inward is small or of little worth.”
(The Reinvention of Work)

“Every creature is full of God and a book about God.”
(The Reinvention of Work)

“A person works in a stable.
That person has a breakthrough.
What does he do?
He returns to work in the stable.”
(Meditations with Meister Eckhart)

Meditations with Meister Eckhart


Dharma Message for 2Q09

Excerpts from The Key to Theosophy, by H.P. Blavatsky

Q: Having told me what God, the Soul and Man are not, in your views, can you inform me what they are, according to your teachings?
A: In their origin and in eternity the three, like the universe and all therein, are one with the absolute Unity, the unknowable deific essence I spoke about some time back. We believe in no creation, but in the periodical and consecutive appearances of the universe from the subjective onto the objective plane of being, at regular intervals of time, covering periods of immense duration.

Q: Can you elaborate the subject?
A: Take as a first comparison and a help towards a more correct conception, the solar year, and as a second, the two halves of that year, producing each a day and a night of six months’ duration at the North Pole. Now imagine, if you can, instead of a Solar year of 365 days, eternity. Let the sun represent the universe, and the polar days and nights of six months each — days and nights lasting each 182 trillions and quadrillions of years, instead of 182 days each. As the sun arises every morning on our objective horizon out of its (to us) subjective and antipodal space, so does the Universe emerge periodically on the plane of objectivity, issuing from that of subjectivity — the antipodes of the former. This is the “Cycle of Life”. And as the sun disappears from our horizon, so does the Universe disappear at regular periods, when the “Universal night” sets in. The Hindus call such alternations the “Days and Nights of Brahm” , or the time of Manvantara and that of Pralaya (dissolution). The Westerns may call them Universal Days and Nights if they prefer. During the latter (the nights) All is in All; every atom is resolved into one Homogeneity.

The Key to Theosophy
The Key to Theosophy; H. P. Blavatsky


Dharma Message for 1Q09

Excerpt from The Precious Treasury of The Basic Space of Phenomena, Longchen Rabjam

“Awareness expresses itself through its dynamic energy as consciousness that involves conceptual elaboration, marked by myriad dualistic habitual patterns that such consciousness generates. Since what are not objects are misconstrued as objects, there are five kinds of sense objects, and since what has no identity is invested with identity, there are the five afflictive emotions. These constitute all possible confused perception — of the universe and the beings within it. Even what manifests as samsara arises due to that dynamic energy, but when this is not realize, the manifestation itself is one of erroneous perception.

Through realization, within the vast expanse of being, of the true nature of phenomena — coming from nowhere, going nowhere, and abiding nowhere at all — there is “the enlightened intent of the total freedom of the three realms.” This is the transmission of ati — spontaneous presence, the vajra heart essence, arising from the wholly positive expanse of supreme spaciousness.”

Dharma Message for 4Q08

Saint Francis from Assisi St. Francis of Assisi, Canticle of the Creatures

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.

To you, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which you give your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water;
she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
[Read more…]

Dharma Message for 3Q08

Nisargadatta Maharaj Maharaj: All knowledge is like the son of a barren woman.
Presently there are only beingness and functioning.
The individuality and personality are thrown overboard.
There is no personality, so there is no question of birth, life, or death.
What remains is only the consciousness without name or form.
The form needs a name, but when both are not there,
then the consciousness remains only for so long as the body is there,
but without any individuality.
The body is of as much use now as it was prior to birth and after death.
How do you know me?
You know me only the acquisition of body form, name and form.
Do you really see me as I am? I doubt it.
[Read more…]

Inayat Noel Anderson (2/22/47-8/18/08), Friend Forever

Inayat Noel Anderson

The SFTS Lodge hereby acknowledges the passage of our friend and fellow Lodge member, Inayat Noel Anderson.

We will miss our fallen comrade and remember him in our hearts until we meet again.

Here is a beautiful poem that Inayat’s wife Peggy Tahir, another friend and fellow Lodge member, wrote for him a few years ago:


Oh my dear, you are my auricular wonder, my needler of light,

my masseuse of prophetic hands, finding spots to unwind me

as I lay motionless without jewelry.

You are my extraterrestrial signpost to galaxies beyond our

milky heavens, my spaceship adorned with winks and cobbles.

The velvety undersides of verisimilitudes paint your names

across the horizon at sunset.

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Dharma Message for 2Q08

Vimalakirti debating Manjusri, Tang Dynasty Thereupon, Manjusri, the crown prince, addressed the Licchavi Vimalakirti: “Good sir, how should a bodhisattva regard all living beings?”

Vimalakirti replied, “Manjusri, a bodhisattva should regard all livings beings as a wise man regards the reflection of the moon in water or as magicians regard men created by magic. He should regard them as being like a face in a mirror; like the water of a mirage; like the sound of an echo; like a mass of clouds in the sky; like the previous moment of a ball of foam; like the appearance and disappearance of a bubble of water; like the core of a plantain tree; like a flash of lightning; like the fifth great element; like the seventh sense-medium; like the appearance of matter in an immaterial realm; like a sprout from a rotten seed; like a tortoise-hair coat; like the fun of games for one who wishes to die; like the egoistic views of a stream-winner; like a third rebirth of a once-returner; like the descent of a nonreturner into a womb; like the existence of desire, hatred, and folly in a saint; like thoughts of avarice, immorality, wickedness, and hostility in a bodhisattva who has attained tolerance; like the instincts of passions in a Tathagata; like the perception of color in one blind from birth; like the inhalation and exhalation of an ascetic absorbed in the meditation of cessation; like the track of a bird in the sky; like the erection of a eunuch; like the pregnancy of a barren woman; like the unproduced passions of an emanated incarnation of the Tathagata; like dream-visions seen after waking; like the passions of one who is free of conceptualizations; like fire burning without fuel; like the reincarnation of one who has attained ultimate liberation.

“Precisely thus, Manjusri, does a bodhisattva who realizes the ultimate selflessness consider all beings.”

Manjusri then asked further, “Noble sir, if a bodhisattva considers all living beings in such a way, how does he generate the great love toward them?”
[Read more…]

Joe & Guin Miller Videos By Charles Fariduddin Falk, 1991-1992

Charles Fariduddin Falk, a dear member of Joe and Guin’s informal circle of friends for many years, has graciously allowed the SFTS to digitize these five precious, rarely seen videos and offer them for free over the World Wide Web.

For those of you who were there, remember; for those of you who were not there, now you are!  Enjoy.

Joe Miller’s Rap on Time & Timelessness, Filmed by Charles Fariduddin Falk, Jan. 19, 1991

Joe Miller on The Yoga of Knowing of the Mind (Lenten Reading), Filmed by Charles Fariduddin Falk, March 18, 1991

Joe Miller’s T.S. Founder’s Day Rap, Filmed by Charles Fariduddin Falk, November 17, 1991

Guin Miller, Filmed by Charles Fariduddin Falk, April 19, 1992

Joe Miller on Ramana Maharshi, Filmed by Charles Fariduddin Falk, April 22, 1992