Here’s the audio file for this week’s talk. On this version of this talk, I spoke mostly about the implications of the fact that because we are connected to each other, we are constantly influencing and being influenced, and that other people and the things we face are likewise constantly changing; they aren’t some monolithic, separate thing that’s always going to be like that. Take care and have a great week!
[Here’s the text from a Dharma talk by Daehaeng Kun Sunim]
I’m telling you this because we, as well as everything else, are one connected whole that is continuously reacting to each other. Big, small, wide, narrow, doing well, doing badly — all of this changes according to what we do and the thoughts we give rise to. If we raise up our centered mind, then this connects with the centered mind that penetrates the heavens and the earth, and that energy becomes our own, to freely use as needed. And as we respond with this energy to the needs of the world, we naturally fulfill the roles of the Bodhisattvas.
In becoming this great mind, where the past, present, and future all function together as one, there’s no place for anything to stick to. Karma, genetics, microbes, ghosts, whatever — all of these will find no foothold here. Yet people who don’t raise up this centered mind will likely have a different experience of life.