Day of At One Ment


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While studying religion at CSUB I learned about all the holidays observed by the world’s religions. Since I’m also into health the rituals associated with fasting always appealed to me.

Today is Yom Kippur in Judaism which is the day of fasting and culminates the High Holy Days of the Jewish New Year. It’s the beginning of a new cycle which began 10 days ago and closes today on Yom Kippur where observant Jews fast all day to purify themselves while praying for absolution from their sins over the past year.

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What does this mean to me? It means that as I seek forgiveness for my sins it is also time to forgive the sins of those who have injured me somehow. Karma is give and take. If someone absolves me reciprocity is integral in nature.

Years ago, after reading an article about forgiveness, I learned that as long as the person committing the unforgivable act admitted to the injured party that they took responsibility for the crime and would make necessary reparations then forgiveness could begin – as long as the injured person felt suitably remunerated for their trouble.

Rinpoche Anam Thubten has a way of always speaking to the heart of whatever is in my heart so I will let him shed light on this holiday in a randomly chosen letter from the archives…

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Dear Everyone,

This wonderful thing called “human life” is quite fragile. Conditions around us are always changing. We are beckoned to wake up to such reality in times of loss, separation, and illness. When we look from this point of view, we realize there is no more time to waste. Each moment is invaluable, and can be dedicated to living the true purpose of this existence. The question is, “What is the true purpose of this existence?”

There are lots of answers out of there. Many of them can be just a belief system people made up without rooting it in profound reflection. The answer we find in the Buddha’s teachings does not stem from the prophetic revelation of a mighty being in heaven, nor from a voice of an all knowing spirit, channeled through someone. It is from the courageous penetration into the core questions about life. In this sense, one can say the Buddha’s answers are more reality oriented, and less myth based. They lean more towards science with a touch of transcendence.

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The Buddha’s answer, regarding the purpose of our life, is to learn to let go of attachment, and to develop insight and compassion. These are the sadhana or true spiritual practices. Everyday should be a day to cultivate such sadhana. Many of us already know that dharma is a lifelong path that is merely a process of growing and maturing inside with the periodic miracle of satori. We just have to have a lifetime commitment to the awakened path.

In the end, we have to learn to discover an unfathomable joy at the heart of this existence no matter what is going on. Then, life is always complete in itself without missing anything. We’ll rise above and find peace in the midst of all challenges. The secret of learning how to do this is to always give our heart to the true purpose of life.

The 15th of this month is going to be another Sojong day. I invite all of you to take time to reflect upon the teaching above and, make a strong vow to dedicate everyday to live in according with Buddha’s wisdom. May our fellowship be a source of inner light.

With palms joined,

Anam Thubten

 

 

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