Noon Blessing, Day 16 – In accord with your capacity

May those cultivating the good seeds of virtue and merit,
achieve success in accord with their capacity to handle that,
and the efforts they have made.

The qualification on the end of this blessing is quite interesting. May things work out, to the extent that you can handle the results. Which, when you think about it, makes a lot of sense. How many celebrities and performers have we seen whose lives were basically ruined by too much fame and money? Yet some achieve great success and it doesn’t seem to hinder them at all?

Daehaeng Kun Sunim often compared our capacity to a bowl, saying that if you poured too much into it, that would overflow and make a mess. That’s not to say that she criticized someone for their ability, just observed that bowls can only play the role that their size permits. Tiny saucers are good for holding soy sauce, and big soup pots are great for when you have a lot of people over.

But, if you want to be able to play a larger role, you have to increase your capacity. How do we do this? How do we stretch the sides of our bowl? By working at entrusting everything in life to our foundation. Every single worry, every complaint about work or politics, all the aches and pains, all the unhappiness, loneliness, or sadness we may be feeling. It’s actually kind of hard to let go of these things, because they are so close, and so regular that we may not notice them. That’s why it’s go to stop every once in while and take stock of what we are feeling and thinking, of how we’re viewing the world, and then try to entrust all of that.

It seems obvious, but a lot of times we are just enduring something rather than trying to entrust it. So remind yourself that you have this foundation, this Buddha-nature through which you are connected to all the energy and wisdom of the universe, and try to let go of your worries and even goals, and let them connect with that.

1 thought on “Noon Blessing, Day 16 – In accord with your capacity”

  1. This is so beautiful and profound. Beautiful because there is limitless compassion always flowing in all directions, and profound because things in every day of our life are right there to practice with, and also when you see where it is all coming from, it’s like breaking through a giant drapery that covered the open view. If only i could keep this view… ( so grateful to you for writing these explanations)

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