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    This Moment is Unique

    Hi All,

    here's a short essay by Andrew Olendzki in Tricycle magazine about the uniqueness of each moment:

    http://www.tricycle.com/thus-have-i-...d9a7-307257033

    Here's a little bit of it:

    "Meditation teaches us the value of every moment’s unique experience. You have never taken in this particular lungful of air before and will never do so again. This particular step, with its lifting, moving, and placing phases, is absolutely special—when you choose to attend to it carefully with your awareness. We can breathe and walk without the engagement of mindful attention, in which case it is just another artifact of a removed, conceptualized world. The idea of my breathing blends in to all the other ideas that populate my conceptual world, but the uniqueness of the actual experience of my taking this breath renders it—sacred.

    It is the radical transience of the world that makes it both tragic and beautiful, like the cherry blossom in Japanese aesthetics. The tragedy is that nothing actually exists; it is all passing away the instant it forms. The beauty is that we have the means to be aware of this, a moment to know the profound poignancy of this tiny corner of reality."

    Gassho
    Lisa
    sat today

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    Thank you.

    Gassho, J

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you for the share Lisa. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday

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    thank you!!

    lovely words coming from beautiful alaska!

    peace and metta,
    j.

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    That was a great article, thanks Lisa!

    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatToday

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    Thank you, Lisa.

    Gassho
    Sergey
    sattoday

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    Hi Lisa,

    This is very true thank you!
    You might like the book "Each moment is the Universe" by Dainin Katagiri.
    http://www.shambhala.com/each-moment...-universe.html

    Gassho
    Ongen

    Sat Today
    Ongen (音源) - Sound Source

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    Glad you guys enjoyed it too!

    Ongen, many thanks for the recommendation, that book looks very cool and is now on my list, especially since I hope to read Dogen's Being Time this coming year -- looks like it will be a great companion.

    Gassho
    Lisa
    sat today

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    Thanks for this, Lisa
    Gassho,
    Matt

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    Thank you Lisa!

    Gassho,

    Risho
    -sattoday

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    Lisa,

    Thank you for sharing this.

    Gassho
    Trish
    sat today

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    Great find, Lisa! Many thanks!

    Gassho,
    Tim

    Sat today
    "The moment has priority". ~ Bon Haeng

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