La desaparició del meu gos ha estat una ocasió per reflexionar sobre la mort.
Mentre escribia Mentre escrivia aquest llibre se m'ha mort el meu gos Quitxo. Aprofito aquest trist esdeveniment per a fer algunes reflexions que considero importants [...] Quan em vaig acomiadar d'ell li vaig dir convençut: ¡Tornarem a veure'ns, Quitxo! Es tracta d'un desig buit? No. Vull investigar-ho. [...] Tant en Quitxo com jo som només pures formes de la dimensió absoluta de lo real. Aquesta dimensió absoluta és sense temps ni espai. Des del temps-espai vàrem néixer i ell ha mort. Des del no temps-espai ni ell ha mort, ni jo moriré, En aquesta dimensió d'allò real, entre ell i jo no hi ha dualitat
A talk given at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (November 22, 2016)
Transcribed by Jeffrey Fuller and edited by David Loy
It’s been two weeks today since the election, and many of us are still in a state of shock —traumatized, disheartened if not depressed, anxious, angry, fearful and somewhat confused, wondering what’s going to come next — and wondering if there might be some silver lining to what’s happening. My response today has two parts. First I’d like to identify a very real silver lining, or at least the possibility of a silver lining, depending on how we respond to the situation. And then I’d like to say a bit about what I think is the most important contribution of Buddhist teachings to this situation, which can help us understand and respond to it.
Let’s begin with a Zen story that’s been circulating on the Internet. A student asks the master, “When times of great difficulty visit us, how should we meet them?” And the answer is, “Welcome.” This path that we’re on is not about avoiding difficulties. That doesn’t mean passively accepting those difficulties when they present themselves, but it does mean engaging with them, not trying to avoid them. Another story is also quite relevant here: the student asks the master, “What is the constant activity of all the Buddhas and bodhisattvas?” In other words, what is it that awakened people are doing all the time — what is special about the way they live in the world moment by moment?” And the answer from the master is, “Responding appropriately.” In one way that seems very simple, but in another way it’s not, because in order to know how to respond appropriately, we have to understand the situation that we are in.