Morinaga’s Short Autobiography

After I finally came-to, I resumed reading Morinaga’s short autobiography called “on ongoing lessons in the extent of my own stupidity”. It’s full of gentle kindness, such as this sentence:

I believe from the bottom of my heart that what we call religion is the very most important matter for human beings. I cannot stress enough that the ultimate goal of religion, whether we call it satori or peace of mind, is for each individual to live in peace and tranquillity, to live a full and satisfying life.

In the book he talks about death and living as such. In Tibetan Buddhism this means just focusing on practice. So what is Dharma practice? I think that it can be any practice done with a pure motivation, anything done to benefit all beings and contribute towards Enlightenment. In this way, a lot of things can become practice. It doesn’t have to be being a counsellor or working at an animal sanctuary (although they are both wonderful things to do). Dharma practice can be anything, any interaction, any job, any activity can be done to benefit others. I need to bring my Dharma practice more into these little interactions.

All of the talk about death makes me think about the constant flux of impermanence. Causes and conditions come together for life to be made possible, and the deterioration of that result means death. But that becomes the cause and condition for something else. Whether it is a dead person to be reborn again, a discarded apple core to become an apple tree, rotting vegetation to become a worm banquet, and so on. As though it were like a river flowing of causes and conditions, constantly moving and being reshaped. I use this metaphor of the river when I think of impermanence as part of my meditation on Dependent Arising.