13.2.08

My Practice, Re-visited

Just bumping this one to the top, I may do this from time to time. No editing yet, but I still concider it a work in progress.


This was the original from the Slow Zen site Slow Zen: MY PRACTICE

It has been modified it a little to reflect uh… changes.

THIS IS MY PRACTICE, THERE ARE MANY LIKE IT BUT THIS ONE IS MINE. MY PRACTICE IS MY BEST FRIEND. IT IS MY LIFE. I MUST MASTER IT AS I MASTER MY LIFE. WITHOUT ME IT IS USELESS, WITHOUT MY PRACTICE I AM USELESS.

I WILL PRACTICE TRUE, I MUST PRACTICE STRAIGHTER THAN MY DELUSION WHICH IS TRYING TO CAUSE SUFFERING, I MUST PRACTICE CESSATION BEFORE I SUFFER....I WILL. MY PRACTICE AND MYSELF KNOW WHAT COUNTS IN THE UNIVERSE IS NOT ENLIGHTENMENT, THE NOISE OF OUR CHANTS, NOR THE SMOKE WE MAKE. WE KNOW THAT IT IS PRACTICE THAT COUNTS. WE WILL...

MY PRACTICE IS EVEN AS I, BECAUSE IT IS MY LIFE. THUS I WILL LEARN IT AS A BROTHER, LEARN ITS WEAKNESSES, ITS STRENGTHS, ITS PARTS, ITS ACCESSORIES, ITS EMPTINESS AND ITS FORM. I WILL EVER GUARD IT AGAINST THE RAVAGES OF SUFFERING AND DOUBT. I WILL KEEP MY PRACTICE CLEAN AND READY, EVEN AS I AM CLEAN AND READY. WE WILL BECOME PART OF EACH OTHER. WE WILL...

BEFORE MY TRUE SELF I SWEAR THIS CREED, MY PRACTICE AND MYSELF ARE THE DEFENDERS OF THE UNIVERSE, WE ARE THE MASTERS OF OUR SELVES, IT IS THE SAVIOR OF LIFE. SO BE IT, UNTIL THERE IS NO SUFFERING BUT PEACE.

That’s not to say the old one was not perfect at the time, But today this is a better reflection.

May all be well and happy!
Jordan

7 comments:

Gregor said...

Really great creed to live by.

It really touched me, thanks so much.

gassho,

Gregor

Jordan & The Tortoise said...

Gassho,
Jordan

Carol said...

There's nothing like getting back to basics which we all need to do from time to time.

Good post and made me do some reflecting.

Love You, Son! Happy Valentine's Day!

Mom

Jordan said...

Love you too mom,
Happy Valentine ’s Day!
Jordan

Yamakoa said...

Jordan,
Your Practice, Your Rifle - Take steady aim- and discharge.
Take care

Jeff said...

Was just lurking as usual, but thought I'd drop a note tonight. Thinking about you and your family. Wishing we were nearer more often.

Jordan said...

Yamakoa,
Thanks

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Hey bro, Me too. I am looking forward to seeing you and yours this summer.

Thanks for looking!