Monday, June 16, 2014

Via Flower of the Day

"It's a great challenge to speak about the truth, since it is an experience, and it is always difficult to translate an experience into words. How can we transform the experience of love into words? How do we explain joy, ecstasy and compassion? Words are too small to express the greatness of the truth, but they can be used as a bridge to reach this experience. Words can help you transition from the state of the mind to the state of ‘no-mind.’ As your questions are answered, the mind starts to calm down and become free of anxiety. The mind then becomes receptive to being flooded with the awareness that comes with the experience of the truth."
Sri Prem Baba

Via Tricycle:

June 16, 2014 | New at Tricycle: Restoring Zen's female lineage, learning to listen deeply, and kicking off the Fourth Annual Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival.

The importance of lineage in Zen Buddhism cannot be overstated. Yet the transmission of Zen has been documented through an exclusively male lineage chart—until now. Journalist Mary Fowles reports on restoring Zen’s female lineage and embodying a new story for Zen, "a story that includes women."

Via Daily Dharma

End This Suffering, Too | June 16, 2014

Buddhism is, of course, a tradition that strives to end suffering, but concern with the suffering that is caused by gender stereotypes, constrictive narratives, and discriminatory customs is relatively new, at least in its public discourse. How women’s lives have been marginalized from the Buddhist narrative is still being discovered, acknowledged, and remedied.
—Mary Fowles, “Roused from a Dream”