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I take refuge in the Buddha

I take refuge in the Buddha,
that means I take refuge in the courage and the potential of fearlessness,
of removing all the armor that covers this awakeness of mine.

I am awake;
I will spend my life taking this armor off.
Nobody else can take it off because nobody else knows where all the little locks are,
nobody else knows where it’s sewed up tight,
where it’s going to take a lot of work to get that particular iron thread untied.

Pema Chodron

1 comment to I take refuge in the Buddha

  • Mark Jamison

    Having practiced mindfulness meditation for many years. It wasn’t until I really questioned this form of practice, had serious doubts that this form of practice led to the Buddha’s liberation or awakening. I then started studying and practicing Zazen.

    A form of meditation based on the jhana’s, whereby, letting go of all conscious activity is your basis of meditation technique. This is when my meditation started to have more meaning. I could see that the real path to the buddha’s awakening is always being doubtful of experience, that to get beyond the mind and suffering you have to drop the mind, or purify the mind, just like a newborn child, or as Joshua ( Chinese Zen Master, 778-897) states in the Blue Cliff records about experiencing the Great Death) “When in absolute samadhi, when the activity of consciousness is stopped( body and mind fall off)

    I am not close to being liberated, yet, but I believe I am on the right path based on scientific questioning and practice. But I do agree you are right on compassion and loving kindness they do play a critical role.
    Warm Regards
    Mark Jamison

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