Monday, September 11, 2006

Remembering 9/11

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Today the news is full of memorials for the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy. But it is also the anniversary of the Ordinary Mind group moving into our new home at 913 East 38th St.
This is a reminder to me that every catastrophe carries within it the seeds of great joy, and that every great joy also emerges from and is enmeshed with great suffering. I hope that we can, through our practice, develop the capacity to contain all that life presents us, the bitter and the sweet, the joy and the grief. The celebrations and memorials remind us of the three marks of existence the Buddha taught: impermanence, interdependence, and the reality of suffering arising from all formations. When we keep these three truths in mind, we cherish each moment and appreciate each other and our collective struggles to meet on equal ground


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