Escape from the Spirit World: Avatar Yangchen (x)
My teaching is not a philosophy. It is the result of direct experience…
My teaching is a means of practice, not something to hold onto or worship.
My teaching is like a raft used to cross the river.
Only a fool would carry the raft around after he had already reached the other shore of liberation.
You will find that the Zen people are quite divided on this. They will say, “No we don’t believe literally in reincarnation. That after your funeral, you will suddenly become somebody different, living somewhere else.” They will say, “Reincarnation means this: that if you sitting here now are really convinced that you’re the same person who walked in at the door half an hour ago, you’re being reincarnated. If you’re liberated, you’ll understand that you’re not. The past doesn’t exist. The future doesn’t exist. There is only the present and that’s the only real you that there is.” The Zen master Dogen put it this way, he said “Spring does not become the summer. First there is spring and then there is summer,” each season stays in its own place and so in the same way the you of yesterday does not become the you of today. T.S. Elliot has the same idea in his poem “The Four Quartets” where he says, “When you settle down in the train to read your newspaper…you are not the same person who left the station.”
If you think you are, you are linking your moments up in a chain, and this is what binds you to the wheel of birth and death. But when you know that every moment in which you are is the only moment, this comes into Zen—a master will say to somebody “Get up and walk across the room!” and he comes back and the master says “Where are your footprints?” They’ve gone. So where are you? Who are you?
When we’re asked who we are, we usually give a kind of recitation of a history, “Well I’m so and so, I was given this name by my parents, I’ve been to such and such a college, I’ve done these things in my profession” and I produce a little biography. Buddha says forget it. That’s not you, that’s just some story. That’s all gone, that’s all passed. I want to see the real you! Who you are now! Well nobody knows who that is, you see? Because we don’t know ourselves except through listening to our own echoes, and consulting our memories. But then there’s a real you, and that again leads us back to this question: Who are you?
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the word. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We should never forget that intervention to destroy progressive movements and governments is the rule not the exception, and that historically most of these interventions have succeeded. Where revolutions ave survived they have been distorted. Imagine how different national and world history would be only over the last three decades if the people of Guatemala and the Dominican Republic and Brazil and Chile and Jamaica and Grenada and Cuba and Nicaragua and El Salvador and Vietnam and Cambodia and South Korea and Ireland and Hungary and Czechoslovakia and Iran and Angola and Mozambique and Zimbabwe… were able to have made and keep making their own history without intervention by the United States or the Soviet Union.
So this is going to sound kind of silly, but I assure you it’s not!
“If I got kicked out of my house for being male, that would be being a victim of sexism. What the hell definition do you have?”
is that fair? anybody?
When wages rise along with increases in productivity, demand for goods and services, and the labor to make them tends to keep pace with productive capabilities. But when the top 1% appropriate the lion’s share of productivity gains, as they have now for over thirty years, more and more income goes into purchasing assets rather than more production, creating two problems: Unemployment – which further aggravates the lack of demand for production — and asset bubbles — which eventually burst, destroying illusions of wealth.
“The Formerly Advanced Economies”(via nc4l)
Intro to PARECON (Participatory Economics)- by Michael Albert
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