We abandon all need for life to be as we would make it ... we drop all
thoughts of purpose, goal, attainment and meaning ... we strip ourselves naked and jump
into a river, abandoning all demands that the river carry us where we
wish. We cease all struggles, judgments and insistences, casting out our arms and
floating ... us at one with that river ... then, in perfect balance and union, all thought of "us" and "river"
the current flows is just where we flow. Better said, there is just the
flowing, carrying all where the waters will. By total yielding, all is
But in my belief, some people
have unrealistic expectations for Buddhism, thinking that one can
maintain such states in all situations, in all times of life. I do not
think it is so (just idealized old tales of long dead masters), nor
need be so. Anyway, it is not true for us ordinary beings, the ones I
know in this world.
Even the most
gifted river swimmers among us will sometimes blink and cough and
thrash around wildly when, from time to time, the water gets in the
eyes and throat.
Yet, before we drown in
panic and confusion, our training allows us to recover our balance,
breathe smoothly and float once again.
(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)