Saturday, 13 July 2019

Sum Of The Dharma

some of the dharma
Jack Kerouac
Penguin Books
1999.

Review by Rory A.A. Hinton













Nineteen years ago I was on the road and needed change for the bus. I only had a $20.00 bill in my pocket. I looked around and noticed I was near a used bookstore. I walked into the store thinking that I could break the bill by buying a book. A book on the shelf near the front of the store window caught my attention. It was some of the dharma by Jack Kerouac. It was large and heavy, at least compared to Dharma Bums. Because it was used I got it for half the retail price. When I handed the cashier the bill I asked if they could break down the change into coins. “The bus?” she asked. “The bus” I said, smiling sheepishly. I left the store and waited for the bus. It was raining. When it arrived I walked on, settled into my seat, and carefully took the book out of the wet bag. I opened it to the first page and read the following words of dedication: "I love Allen Ginsberg - Let that be recorded in heaven's unchangeable heart - " (Jack Kerouac). Priceless.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Pebbles In The Ocean

Ocean Of Dharma
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Shambhala Publications
2008

Review by Rory A.A. Hinton













001. The Challenge Of Warriorship
The sheer sanity
of nowness is as it is,
and not otherwise.
To think others are wiser
than this is karmic madness.

002. A Good Journey
Journey Without Goal
can very easily be
turned into an end.
One false step and all is lost.
Tantric wisdom is tricky.

003. Unlearning
If nothing is done
long enough, then empty space
will disclose itself.
It has been here all along.
It is the sine qua non.

004. What Is A Warrior?
Free to be itself.
Looking at it directly,
without perception.
True warriors do not fight
in any battles at all.

005. Facing Ourselves
What is there to fear?
Are you afraid of yourself?
There's nothing to fear.
It's only an illusion.
This too is an illusion.

006. Our Human Endowment
Holding back our tears?
Just what is there to fear here?
Be happy, be sad,
and be especially glad:
humanity is hopeless.

007. Creative Revolution
Not anarchism.
Not even scepticism.
Only what we know
through direct experience.
Verificationism?

008. Seeing For Yourself
What's beneath language?
What's between mental concepts?
What's behind it all?
Is there anything beyond?
Questions like these are toxic.

009. The Starting Point
Start with the ego,
and then end with the ego.
What is the ego?
This question is the beginning,
and this question is the end.

010. Friendliness To Oneself
Basic gentleness
toward this "oneself" is a
façon de parler.
If we use these words wisely,
only laughter will remain.

011. Buddha Is Everywhere
Is this the buddha:
the center that's everywhere,
and the circumference
that's absolutey nowhere?
If this helps, then so be it.

012. Chaos Is The Inspiration
The very order
of everything that exists
contains confusion.
All that is has within it
the seeds of its destruction.

013. What Is Fear?
Acknowledging fear
and recognizing that hope
is pure hopelessness
is the beginning and end
of living authentically.

014. Regal Existence
Begin by bowing
toward the nothing that is.
And then bow again.
When you are done doing this,
quietly sit down and sit.

015. The Buddha And Basic Goodness
Curiousity
kills the egocentric cat.
When you purr, just purr.
Why did it take the buddha
so long to cut this in half?

016. The Practice Of Meditation
What is sitting still?
Pattern recognition.
What is a pattern?
This bag of bones keeps breathing
in and out and in and out.

017. Self-Truth
Do what's best for you.
There is no need for self doubt.
Just keep doing it.
As long as you keep playing
with "self" and "doubt" all is well.

018. Eliminating Unnecessary Complications
The Diamond Sutra.
Shine on you crazy wisdom
diamond in the rough.
This is what it means to be
disciplined and devoted.

019. Crazy Monkey Mind
Crazy monkey mind
full of discriminations.
Crazy wisdom mind
full of crazy monkey mind
full of discriminations.

020. No Ambition
Recling Buddha
not unaware of karma
nor of saṃsāra.
Not unaware of being
not unaware of it all.

021. The Heart Of The Buddha
There is nothing more
basic than basic goodness.
The really good news:
the heart of the Buddha is
beyond both good and evil.

022. Going Beyond Fear
If there is no hope,
then lo and behold, no fear!
If there is no fear,
then lo and behold, freedom!
The hopelessness of no hope.
...

151. Living On The Razor's Edge
Paying attention
on the edge of a razor.
The past and future
are that fiction and this dream.
Just what is it that gets cut?

152. Boredom And Compassion
Our own projections
can lead us to the boredom
of meditation.
It is cool and it is cruel.
Whatever it takes to sit.

153. The Big Project
How uncertain is
this mindless mentality?
How wet is water?
Once you dive in and find out
you can then say "I don't know."

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Nagle

By Rory A.A. Hinton













And then suddenly
her words appear before me.
They are pure magic.
And yet, I have always read
them in all I have written.