The Joy of The Seasons, Supreme Freedom
I have always liked the four seasons in Vancouver. In pure oblivion, the seasons transit and renew year after year, cycle after cycle. Oftentimes, thick snow still bear on grass buds and flowers on the trees are eager to bloom from beneath the snow.
Akin to nature, the spiritual path has its four seasons. As beautiful as the blooming flowers are, the flowers will wither naturally. Maintain clear focus in the field of white snow, and composure in the sea of colorful flowers. Sow merits and good deeds and harvest the fortune. Only then can you experience supreme ease.
In the short seven days of the Bodhi Meditation retreat, the weather turned from winter to spring. Our Bodhi-practitioners also experienced silence and solitude, splendor, clarity, anger, pain, joy and many other emotions, all of which came together in succession. They seemed to have gone through a compressed space-time environment.
What remained unchanged was their daily morning practice to start the day, following the Heaven’s and Tao’s way, with no grudges, and with all their hearts and minds remaining focused and pure as they continue on with their practice.
I wish that all practitioners of this class, with intense and meticulous practice, harvest the Way and be free.
I would also like to wish all practitioners, regardless of rain or shine, to cherish spring as you have cherished the winter.
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