Bodhi Mind Reflection
There are three Chan/Zen writings and stories that have been the most inspirational to me.
The first is the Horse Farmer story. I initially heard it in 7th grade social studies class about world religions. I was 12 at the time and it was the first religious story I’d heard that had made sense. I didn’t know at the time that it was the beginning of my spiritual journey. I discovered meditation shortly afterwards and it was something that just felt right and provided relief from the noise in my head.
The second is the Ten Ox Herding Pictures. I understand them to be about becoming free of the opinions, fears, beliefs and close mindedness that had kept me in a state of ignorance and moving beyond to an unlimited place of mystery and wonder. It is still my favorite.
The third is a poem:
I have a bright pearl
Long covered in dust and fatigue
Today the dust is gone
And the brightness reveals itself
Illuminating the whole world
I’ve known the dust and fatigue for far too long. But then, one breath at a time, the dust starts to clear and the fatigue begins to lift. The pearl gets brighter!
When I let go of something and remember it’s what happens in the moment, I find a quiet joy and happiness in the journey. It’s then I’m able to be there for others. Not in a forceful way but in a compassionate way.