There is a story I read once about a man who lived during the time of the Buddha. This man wanted to become a monk so he went to one of the Buddha’s monastic disciples and asked for ordination. The disciple thought deeply about the matter and told him: “I have looked into 100 or so of your past lives and I haven’t been able to see anything that you have done to create the merit to become a monk, so I am unable to ordain you.” Disappointed, the man went away and Continue reading →
Today, when I was at Home Depot, I came around a corner and looked up to see a smiling person bringing their hands together with a gesture of prayer, and bowing to me. As a reflex, I automatically put my hands together and bowed to her and returned her smile. This is one of a Continue reading →
At our July Family day we did a little baking and read a nice story (called A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O’Brien and is well worth reading!). Our time together at the family day reminded me of the following article written by Rev. Master Koten and is reprinted here from the Lion’s Gate Buddhist Priory Newsletter with his permission.
The Most Important Ingredient
– Rev. Master Koten Benson, Lion’s Gate Buddhist Priory
Some monks once asked the Buddha why the food offered by a particular lay person was so delicious and the Buddha replied that the food contained “the most important ingredient” which was love.
In the life of a community, a family, an individual, the active cultivation of this ingredient is paramount. Deeds of secret kindness – that which no one is ever going to know about, making offerings without strings and letting go of small irritations are all ways of doing this. Continue reading →