(written from a Russian Orthodox monastery on a green forested
island under a beautiful sunlit sky with sprinkles of clouds)
Dear aspiring bodhisattva,
Today marks the halfway point in our 10*10*10 Ten-Week "Spiritual Practice
Reflect today on how it is going so far. Then let go of any guilt or
pride, and start afresh and begin anew once again today.
Feel my support, feel the support of the other 100 persons practicing
with you, feel the support of all mindful practitioners, feel the
support of all Buddhas and bodhisattvas, feel the support of AMITABHA,
the One Infinite Light beyond and within all beings and
And give that support to all.
This is the meaning of AMITABHA -- which is infinite Light, Infinite
Love, Infinite Life --
Receiving and giving, breathing in and breathing out, yin and yang,
sitting meditation and walking meditation, silence and sound, canvas
and paint, transparency and color, releasing and embracing, resting
and working, BEING and DOING…
AMITABHA is the One Infinite Light that shines in, through and as all
Buddhas and bodhisattvas. AMITABHA is the Light of God, the Light of
Christ, the Light of Allah. AMITABHA is the Light that shines through
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and the Light of the Goddess, Earth Mother, the
Queen of Heaven. AMITABHA is the Light of the angels and the Light of
humanity. AMITABHA is the Light of Waheguru, Wakantanka, Wu Wei.
AMITABHA is the Light of the Tao, the Logos, the Torah. AMITABHA is
the Source of who we are and the Destiny of who we are all becoming.
AMITABHA is the One Infinite Light that transcends and includes all
religions, all traditions, all paths, and all peoples. AMITABHA is
Infinite Light, Infinite Love, and Infinite Life. AMITABHA!
Last night and this morning, I attended the evening service and the
morning service here at the Russian Orthodox Monastery where I'm
staying for a few days. Both services lasted for about 3 hours each,
and all the while staying standing! Wow, it sure made me appreciate
the Buddhist practice of sitting meditation and mindful walking,
I had wanted to stay at the Buddhist monastery nearby, but they were
booked solid, so I decided to stay with the Russian Orthodox monks
instead. To me, a monastery is a monastery, it makes little
difference the religious affiliation. It is the practice of silence,
mindfulness, spiritual living, Nature, and lovingkindness that is the
common ground of all monastic life.
After each 3-hour service, I felt the same bliss and spaciousness and
open-heartedness that I feel after an hour of yoga or meditation or
chanting. I felt AMITABHA, the One Infinite Light, shining through
all the icons and candles and music and rituals. I felt AMITABHA
expressing through Jesus and Mary and all the saints, monks and people
present. And now, as I am writing this letter of encouragement to you
in a beautiful grove in the forest facing an icon of the Theotokos, I
can feel AMITABHA Light in the trees, the flowers, the grass, the
birds, the wind and the fresh air too. There is only the Infinite
Light here. And I am One with it All, as are You!!!
Please re-commit to the Ten Spiritual Practices for the next 5 weeks.
Intensify your practice and you will definitely feel the same joy,
love and peace that I am feeling right now! AMITABHA woohoo! LOL!
And if you want to go deeper in the first primary practice, simply
chant "AMITABHA" silently in your heart with every breath throughout
the day ceaselessly in every moment, while walking, while sitting,
while working, while playing, while eating, while conversing, while
loving, while resting, while doing anything and everything or nothing
at all! AMITABHA, AMITABHA, AMITABHAAAAAAAA!!!
LOL!!! Oh what silly, crazy, goofy, funny, and gloriously messy
Buddhas we all are! LOL!!!
OM NAMO AMITABHA BUDDHAYA,
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