“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Jediyana Ordination Winter Solstice 2018


Jedi Master Sensei is seated, music begins


The requestant enters and makes 3 prostrations/bows


music ends


Then JRP says:
“I call on all beings, great and small, past and present and yet to be to witness and support this
commitment and installation of Cleo Kalyana Amazon Wolf into the Jedi way.”


Then Kalyana:
Jedi Master Sensei, I ask you to please restore the Buddha-Dharma-Sangha to the path within and
before me.  I guard this treasure carefully and use it to cultivate Generosity, Compassion,
Wisdom to allay the three poisons. May I never lose the way.


Jedi Master Sensei, I ask you to please restore the Buddha-Dharma-Sangha to the path within and
before me.  I guard this treasure carefully and use it to cultivate Generosity, Compassion,
Wisdom to allay the three poisons. May I never lose the way.


Jedi Master Sensei, I ask you to please restore the Buddha-Dharma-Sangha to the path within and
before me.  I guard this treasure carefully and use it to cultivate Generosity, Compassion,
Wisdom to allay the three poisons. May I never lose the way.


JMS: go and prepare for ordination

(While Kalyana changed JMS gave a short Dhamma talk, thus have I heard: this ordination procedure
is slightly different from yours, Jim, because we have seen how variations in the process have harmed
and hurt others in different traditions, we do not want to go down that road in Jediyana, for us every ritual,
every moment will be fresh and new, given in the spirit that everything changes and honor the intention
rather than the method."


Kalyana: 3 more prostrations


Kalyana:
These are the Training Guidelines/precepts/commitments:
1. I commit to abide by the training guideline not to kill living beings out of malice or irritation
2. I commit to abide by the training guideline not to take what is not given
3. I commit to abide by the training guideline to remain celibate, chaste in body, speech and mind
4. I commit to abide by the training guideline:
to avoid false speech, to avoid harsh speech, to avoid malicious speech,
to avoid idle chatter and gossip
5. I commit to abide by the training guideline to avoid intoxication.
Furthermore: I commit to counteracting the Five Hindrances -  sense desire, ill will, sloth and torpor,
restlessness, skeptical doubt.
I commit to counteracting the Three Poisons - Greed, Anger, Delusion
by cultivating the Three Elixirs- Generosity, Compassion and Wisdom
I acknowledge that I cannot change others so I commit to changing me

The Four Noble Truths and
the Noble Eightfold Path:
1. Dukkha Dukkha
2. Suffering and dissatisfaction are caused by wanting something other than what is.
3. There is a way  for all of us:
4. The Noble Eightfold Path is the way to end suffering and dissatisfaction,
(Heightened Discernment)
Impeccable Understanding and Intention,
(Heightened Virtue)
Impeccable Speech, Action, Livelihood,
(Heightened Mind)
Impeccable Effort, Mindfulness and Meditation "

From/for Jim Rajju Pandu:
"Perception - May I see
Compassion - May I feel
Wisdom - May I know
Mystic - May I be"

There is no clarity without Compassion
There is no creativity without Generosity
There is no freedom without Wisdom
These three elixirs keep me in touch with the Force The Force is the manifestation of Source
I am one with the Force and the Force is with me


Then JMS:
"You are  ordained, a Buddhist monk and a Gray Jedi, do it well."
Welcome Home."


Sangha members speak.
Then JRP says:
I thank all beings great and small, past and present and yet to be for being witness and
support to this commitment and installation of Cleo Kalyana Amazon Wolf into the Jedi way.




Sunday, October 7, 2018

Update

Jim Rajju Pandu has been ordained and is flourishing as the first Jediyana nunk. I petitioned Sensei today for full ordination. I tend to take these things way too seriously if that is possible, and it is, so am trying to keep a lid on it. That's part of my practice. More to come.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Historical record

During my time as a nunk I studied with Sensei KC WarEagle and the monks of Great Tree Zen Womens TempleRyumonjiDhammadena and Dhammasukha and Embracing Simplicity monasteries. We founded and built Great Determination Buddhist Hermitage in Stewart, Ohio which we left when I entered school at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine.   I was ordained for eight years and like many I found it both a joy and an uphill battle. Rather than continue in that vein I chose to diverge and learn to offer benefit indirectly through the physical application of East Asian Medicine.

it's been almost a year...

wow, so much has happened. Graduated, left California, moved to Maine! Sensei is now Jedi Master Sensei, founder of Jediyana - yes once there were Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana and now there's Jediyana. For me it's a blessed relief from so much tension between the star bellied sneeches and the plain bellied sneeches or whatever Dr Seuss called them. A breath of fresh air, like Sensei herself.

The Dhamma/Dharma - wisdom of the Buddha is found everywhere and just as well in the universe of Starwars as in ancient Asia. The future is no more an illusion than the past, acceptance of historical record is as delusional as it gets, though it is entertaining we cannot rely on it except as it meets our needs for enlightenment so if we choose we can look elsewhere. Our dear Dr. DeeDee tells us how she rewrote her family of origin story into being raised by bears, which has served her very well. We choose something similar with no regrets and great delight. Plus we have movies, : ) Jediyana will pour fourth into the future with our footprints kicking up stardust.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Recover from Delusion

Be here now, do not dwell in thoughts of distant places, do not think of the future - it is unknown, do not think of the past - it is merely a construct, do not compare, do not weigh, simply be, be here now. This moment is all that is, the mental clamor is merely noise. None of us knows anything but our perception in this moment. None of us can predict or recall clearly, we can only be here in this moment - and in this moment we can choose what we feel and what we offer. We can choose to dwell in Compassion, Generosity and Wisdom in this moment, in each moment. Sourced from Compassion, Generosity and Wisdom this moment is fearless, kind and considerate. We are well.


Sensei said her meditation was: "the one who will do the least harm will be elected." None of us can ever know the outcome of any such situation enough to reasonably predict the future. We can only source our own minds and hearts in Generosity Compassion and Wisdom. Be where you are, not where you might be. (Unless where you might be is a dynamic choice of delight and exhilaration.)

Monday, March 14, 2016

This evenings walk...

the dog listened politely as I let loose a few minutes of thought. I recently gave a presentation on what Buddhism might offer to those in recovery for a class in Oriental Medicine and Chemical Dependency. I had a great time making the presentation. The Dharma is such a pleasure. Two of the points I made were that the three poisons have three antidotes and the five hindrances have specific fixes as well as a general corrective action/tool. Tonight I reflected on the subtexts of the three antidotes - especially Generosity. 

Generosity is best understood as not merely giving but forgiving. Letting go of expectation, giving without the expectation of return, letting go of judgement, letting go of comparing, recognizing and letting go of attachment to desires. 

Generosity without wisdom is not entirely beneficial. Giving within the discernment of true happiness vs mundane happiness is beneficial. This discernment/wisdom is cultivated in meditation. Oh what a practice that enables the focus on what brings the greatest most lasting pleasure in life.

For all the world I am so glad to be right here right now. I disrobed, returned the robes but the precepts/guidelines are there for the promotion of the practice, to further the practice, to make the practice more efficient and effective and I have not stopped adhering to those, those as I interpret them, as I believe the fully self awakened one intended them. When you know what you don't want you know what you do want, as Abraham Hicks says.