“Row row row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream.” Did you sing that when you were young? I did. But we didn’t have a clue to what it meant even though we sang in chorus with 3 groups. Rowing our boat is akin to our activities that we pursue in life. The stream is consciousness continually flowing like a stream or river. It is gentle by nature. When we realize life is like a dream, we release from all the problems in life that arise from grasping, from worrying, and from fear. We let go of this life and everything being so tangible. We are in the world but not of the world. Slowly we start to “see” that nothing is real. Everything is like a dream, like a mirage, like a reflection. When we are dreaming images seem so real. When we wake up we realize we were mistaken, they were only dreams. Everything takes on an ethereal quality. When we approach the water of a mirage, the closer we get the water shrinks until we realize there was no water there after all. The reflection of our face in the mirror we grasp at as if it was actually us! We primp our hair, we cover with makeup, and we smooth out wrinkles, as if the face in the mirror was actually us!
The process of dying according to Buddhist Mahayana tradition involves 8 stages. Each stage has signs on the outside and inside. Only the dying person can witness the inner visions. The first stage is when […]
Barchey in Tibetan means obstacle. Have you ever had a day that started on the wrong foot and continued that way throughout the day? Sometimes this is due to barchey. It can be a powerful […]