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Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water
This famous Zen saying captures the magic of spiritual growth and development.
One’s life might look very similar as one understands one’s life and experience more and more fully and as one’s heart opens wider and wider. We may very well still be parents, partners, employees and whatever roles and functions we fulfil but our experience of these roles and the life that we live changes profoundly.
Freedom, contentment, peace and happiness imbues and flows through every aspect of our life in proportion to the progress we make. It’s not necessarily about changing the physical conditions of our life (although this may very well happen) but rather sitting in relation to life from a profoundly different perspective.
So fast track this process …. come and meditate with us (and by yourself)
And perhaps make a smart, last minute decision to come on retreat with the big, beautiful and friendly pack at our sangha retreat at Vijayaloka this weekend.
It’s both chilled and deep at the same time as we explore the Buddha of the West; Amitabha the deep red Buddha of transformation …………..
There will be order members from the Sydney Buddhist Centre and mitras (friends of our order) leading and supporting the retreat along with myself.
Here’s a link to book and feel free to email me with questions ….
Meditation this week
Thursday 7 - 8.30 pm (Jim from Breathworks to lead)
Sunday 8 - 8.50 am (Padmadakini to lead)
And advance notice: Amanda is leaving in a month or so’s time for San Diego and prior to her leaving we’re going to hold a Friendship Ceremony for her at the end of the Thursday night meditation on May 5th. It would be lovely if you can come along to share that with her - I’ll bring a cake to share!
Dharmalata and Padmadakini