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This is an open thread for members of the DKos Sangha and others who are interested in discussions concerning how we integrate our progressive political activism into our spiritual practice.  If you have observations about the political discourse of the week, or about practice, or about anything else related to walking a spiritual path through the political world, if you wish to share, or if you seek support, or if you simply want to say hello, please do; this space is for you.

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Gradually, imperceptibly, conditioning dissipates; the fog of separation lifts.  The old reactive patterns that used to drive our perception of moment to moment daily events start disappearing.  So much of the negativity that seemed to fill much of our day to day lives, and colored our thoughts of others, our thoughts of events, thoughts of ourselves, so much of that negativity has now faded away.

At one point, the idea that we could be fully present had no meaning for us; and the idea that we could be at peace seemed an unattainable dream.  The way we move through our world has changed in extraordinary and profound ways; and yet the way we move through each day is quite ordinary.

And the work continues.  Conditioning still arises.  Some event, something said, something remembered, will trigger a reactive pattern, a pattern that has not yet been fully met, fully released; and we are invited to open deeper, to allow, to be compassionate, to be love.

As the work continues, our compassion for and understanding of others grows.  As we more fully understand how conditioning once drove our lives, how deeply ingrained patterns caused so much suffering, we begin to understand how conditioning continues to drive others as well; we begin to see more clearly that conditioning drives the lives of most of the seven billion people on this planet.  They are us.

Given the changing way we experience the world around us, we begin to see events in the world, conflicts in the world, in a new light.  We begin to have compassion for and understanding of those who cause harm as well as those who are harmed by them and those who stand up against them.

And the work continues.  Events trigger reactive patterns; but we no longer let the reactive patterns drive our behavior.  We meet what arises, and conditioning dissipates in the fire of an open heart.

Through this practice, along this path, the seeds of peace are planted; and gradually, imperceptibly, they grow, transforming our world.

Namaste

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You are welcome to join us each week in our Monday night group meditation here at DKos Sangha.  This online group meditation is hosted by Ooooh, and the diary is posted at 7:00 Eastern.  So that we are able to be together for as many here at Daily Kos as wish to participate, the meditation period runs from 7:30 to 10:00 Eastern.  This group sitting is open to beginners and advanced, and is not restricted to any particular traditions or practices.  It is not expected that you sit for the entire period; sit for as long as you like, when you like.  The idea is that we are here together; supporting each other, holding space for each other.

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Enjoy your day!

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Originally posted to DKos Sangha on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 07:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

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    Love one another

    by davehouck on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 07:00:02 AM PDT

  •  This: (3+ / 0-)
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    Through this practice, along this path, the seeds of peace are planted; and gradually, imperceptibly, they grow, transforming our world.
    Current events lately have had me wishing fervently that more people were interested in transforming the world through transforming themselves.

    Sometimes conditioning wants us hurry others along, and that makes us suffer too. ...just sharing my conditioning out loud. :-)

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

    by Ooooh on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 08:12:39 AM PDT

    •  Good morning Ooooh! Yes; the diary reflects ... (3+ / 0-)

      ... current events and the conditioning that arises in response.  And yes, you point out the practice of patience.  Last night and this morning, my practice has been focused, once again, on letting go of everything I think I know, which, now that you've mentioned it, is a practice of patience.

      There is a wonderful line in the movie Kundun, that rephrased goes something like this:

      Our purpose here is to love all beings; just simply love them.

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      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 08:34:51 AM PDT

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      •  That's a great line! (1+ / 0-)
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        It helps, I think, if we can learn to love everything. One particularly productive day it came to me that we have to accept and love everything just as it is. And that made me think the spiriitual tradition I was brought up in was woefully inadequate; because not only did it tell me to forgive without giving me any tools to do so, but as I understood the teachings forgiveness was only meant for people.

        But I digress, you mentioned letting go of everything you think you know, and that is so huge. The knowledge that one's awareness is incomplete and imperfect goes a long way toward helping one accept the noisy imperfections that are everywhere around us demanding our attention.

        There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

        by Ooooh on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 08:47:38 AM PDT

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        •  "Learn to love everything" is a great teacher (1+ / 0-)
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          "Love everything just as it is" can help us to quickly notice when we aren't fully present with things as they are.  To love everything just as it is - is to be fully present in this moment.

          And yes; incomplete and imperfect.  When we think we know something or have accomplished something, grace will come calling to show us the folly held therein, and the wisdom of just letting go.

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          Love one another

          by davehouck on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 09:04:43 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning, dave and Ooooh! (3+ / 0-)
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    Conditioning still arises.
    Well, I need to dig deep again because my conditioning has made me very angry. As soon as someone said "the President is thinking about increasing our military presence...", I went ARGH!!!!!

    Today is going to be beautiful. So maybe some outside time will help.

     

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 08:54:58 AM PDT

    •  Good morning Nana! Outside time can ... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... definitely help!  :)

      Maybe a nice walk in the woods.  It's a beautiful day here as well; and there are thoughts of a mountain hike.  A friend told me of a nice summit hike near my house that I didn't know about; and last night I looked it up and found exactly where it is.

      And yes; at least part of what informed today's diary are the events in Syria and Iraq.

      ARGH!!!!!

      So when ARGH!!!!! arises in response to something perceived, turn the energy around and bring the feeling of ARGHness into the heart.  :)

      Hee hee!

      Enjoy!

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      by davehouck on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 09:18:19 AM PDT

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  •  Good Afternoon to all (2+ / 0-)
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    I too have noticed some irritation and anger this week. I have stopped and thought about what tripped that switch and what really was at issue. My conditioning to "fix it" comes up and then the whys of that conditioning need. Thus, the practice of Metta has been frequent this week.

    Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. -Albert Schweitzer, (1875-1965)

    by supenau on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 10:06:46 AM PDT

    •  Good afternoon Supenau! (2+ / 0-)
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      Yes; the conditioning to "fix it".  While there are things that do indeed "need" to be fixed or addressed, from a leaking faucet to global climate change, from a poorly worded diary to a breakdown in international diplomacy, it is the reactive patterns that arise along with what is discerned that cloud over our perspective with a story about what "needs" to be done and why, bringing along blame, anger, dejection, and all the other stuff that makes the actual "fixing" much more difficult.

      So yes; it has been a week for metta.

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      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 10:25:26 AM PDT

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  •  "And the work continues....." Absolutely. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 04:55:31 PM PDT

  •  I'm doing a bit of modern abhidharma (1+ / 0-)
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    which is Buddhist psychological analysis of delusion and training in a Monday Diary series called Grokking Republicans, for the Readers & Book Lovers group. We have so far covered the manifestations of greed, hate, and delusion in Cognitive Dissonance (How to lie to yourself and others about sufficiently important delusions) and The Theory of the Leisure Class, starting with Mitt Romney reversing reality by calling those who do real, productive work but are paid so little that they do not pay Income Tax Takers, and entitled and self-important financial fraudsters Makers. Conspicuous Consumption, in author Thorstein Veblen's phrase, is an important part of the extreme of luxury,

    vulgar, ignoble, and useless
    in the words of the Buddha.

    The Evolution of Cooperation is next, tomorrow. Jews and Roma (Gypsies) are excellent examples of cooperators surviving among intensely hostile non-cooperators. The Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Buddhist Sangha are even better examples of sustained and influential overcoming of selfish thinking, and of convincing non-cooperators in various places and times that you really want them to join you in cooperation, and that it is good for them. Also Gandhi, King, and others.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 08:50:09 PM PDT

    •  Good morning Mokurai! (0+ / 0-)

      On my bookshelf still from my mid-70's college classes is William James' book from your list.  Another book from those classes that you might find on point is The Pursuit of the Millennium by Norman Cohn.

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      by davehouck on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 04:29:34 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, I read that long ago (1+ / 0-)
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        It is outstanding, but I did not want to go that far afield to get at today's Armageddonists and other End Timers. We discuss them a bit in various Israel/Palestine Diaries. Perhaps I can do a book series on the Religious Right sometime after I finish the current Grokking Republicans list.

        We could discuss doing a book series for Readers & Book Lovers on various religious topics. If there is interest I could put a book list together on Buddhism, starting with The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha, edited by Edwin Burtt, a Quaker. Unlike scholars generally, Burtt understood what religion is for, and so was able to give a superior account of what it is about. For example, Shasta Abbey, where I trained, has done extensive translations of Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo (The Treasure House of the Eye of the True Teaching) and Keizan Zenji's Denkoroku (Transmission of the Light).

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 08:46:40 AM PDT

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        •  Looking at the pictures of Shasta Abby ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... it's beautiful!  When and how long were you there?

          Most of my recent reading is related to advaita and yoga, though I have several things also open at the moment on Dzogchen.  Those are the things that are most helpful for me for where I am in my practice.  I also have a pdf of Shobogenzo that I haven't made much progress on but enjoy whenever I do take in a few pages.

          As for Buddhist history, I still have from my college classes A History of Zen Buddhism by Heinrich Dumoulin; and from a few years ago, How the Swans Came to the Lake by Rick Fields.

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          Love one another

          by davehouck on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:05:30 PM PDT

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          •  I helped set up Shasta Abbey (1+ / 0-)
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            in 1970, and was there off and on until 1997. I also ran Throssel Hole Priory in the north of England and Berkeley Buddhist Priory in the SF Bay Area for a time. I started at Unpukuji in Mieken in western Japan with Rev. Jiyu Kennett, previously head of the Sojiji Foreign Guest Department.

            Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

            by Mokurai on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:32:09 PM PDT

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