A Little Talk from Pema

Dear Sangha,
Our four-hour open sitting was yesterday, so there’s no discussion to report on. Instead, here’s a note from Pema Chodron. We’ll begin reading her book,¬†The Wisdom of No Escape in a week or so, so you’ll want to buy it now!

images“The way to resolve our resistance to life is to meet it face-to-face. When we feel resentment because the room is too hot, we could meet the heat and feel its fieriness and its heaviness. When we feel resentment because the room is too cold, we could meet the cold and feel its iciness and its bite. When we want to complain about the rain, we could feel its wetness instead. When we worry because the wind is shaking our windows, we could meet the wind and hear images-1its sound. Cutting our expectations for a cure is a gift we can give ourselves. There is no cure for hot and cold. They will go on forever. After we have died, the ebb and flow will still continue. Like the tides of the sea, like day and night–this is the nature of things. Being able to appreciate, being able to look closely, being able to open our minds–this is the core of maitri [loving kindness].”

See you next week when we will be finishing the last chapter of Zen Mind and beginning the epilogue.