Saturday, August 2, 2008

Brian’s Reflection: Sat/Sun, August 2/3, 2008

Nothing is born, nothing is destroyed.
Away with your dualism, your likes and dislikes.
Every single thing is just the One Mind.
When you have perceived this,
you will have mounted the Chariot of the Buddhas.

- Huang Po: Zen Teachings of Huang Po

Ah! The Chariot of the Buddhas!!!! “Been there”, as they say. You know about the Chariot of the Buddhas, don’t you? Sure you do! It’s not all as mysterious as it seems to our Western ears.

The Chariot of the Buddhas is the Buddhist equivalent to having entered upon the Unitive Way in the Christian mystical tradition. Of Being One with God. When you understand, even a bit, that we are part of the Mystery that is “God”, of the Buddhist One Mind, we are (if you will pardon the pun) away to the races.

I have become a great foe of dualism. It is the cancer of American religion (and other places too!) - this denigration of the Body in order to glorify the “spirit”. I don’t know that I want to accuse Paul and Augustine of perpetrating this. But weirdoes, religious wackos, obviously driven by deep psychological disturbance, have dumped this perversion on us and we have swallowed the bait. Well, my advice is ………. rebel! Reject! Claim your innate Wholeness! We are an undifferentiated Whole, and we are integrated with the Creative Force of the Universe(s).

In the Gospel reading appointed for tomorrow in the Christian tradition (Revised Common Lectionary), Jesus feeds 5000 people with 5 loves and 2 fishes. Think on this. Jesus is saying that, when you are at One with God, even the tiniest morsel of Divine Love feeds us all, slakes our hunger, our yearning, for completeness.

Tomorrow, ride the chariot of the Buddhas! Become One with God and race with the Wind into Life!

Enjoy the ride!


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