Who knows why life unfolds
the way it does: why we choose
one path or another, share the
way for a while or a day, then
say goodbye. There is no
predictability here, and less
control than we might wish.
But there is a quiet urging
of the heart, the knowing in
the soul, the wisdom that’s
beneath the mind, accessible
if we breathe and turn inside.
When the tide of change rolls
in, we can resist or be at peace,
struggle or release. The stuff
of life may not be ours to
understand. It’s enough to
offer love, to receive the best
and worst, to embrace and
say farewell. What matters
most is to celebrate each
moment of the journey.
– Danna Faulds, Celebrate the Journey
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.
Thus the Master is available to all people and doesn’t reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations and doesn’t waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.
What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.
– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
The mindful strive diligently;
they don’t delight in dwellings.
Like swans that forsake the muddy pool,
they abandon house after house.
– Dhammapada Verse 91
It’s an interesting quote; I mean it’s… on the face, it’s a sign of the importance of not clinging to… to… our place, our possessions; not clinging… To be mindful. But deeper down, and if you know the backstory [offered synoptically in the following video], it has more to do with the idea that you don’t need to be too concerned about going off into the forest, or how can I apply the Buddhist teaching living in the home life. Yeah, it’s more difficult; yeah, you’re gonna be tested and tried, but it can be done. And we should be clear about two things; one, that it can be done, and two, that unless we are really really mindful, it’s much easier to get attached, so… you have to be more on your guard, more vigilant when you’re living in lay society, when you’re living in a house, you know… But it’s easier to be mindful, it’s actually kind of cheating; it’s easier… It’s… an easier way to go off in the forest, where we think “Oh, going off in the forest; that’s difficult.” It’s not really difficult; living in the forest is nothing. It’s just simple, and easy, and it’s… it’s wonderful. Anyway. So that’s the Dhammapada for tonight. Thank you all for tuning in. Wishing you all good practice, and that you all become free from suffering.
Transcribed by Leon Hieros, the last minute of this wonderful video by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu on verse 91 of the Dhammapada: