Mt. Adams Buddhist Temple
Tuyết Sơn Thiền Tự, 雪山禅寺
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October 2021
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Temple Services 
Evening Meditation Tuesday - Friday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Noon Meditation Monday 12noon - 1pm
Thich Nhat Hanh study group on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 6:30 pm,
for info, contact Bonnie at bon2626wit@att.net
Dear ones,
Someone sent me this quote from a book. "I've never felt completely fulfilled in my life. I have friends and some family that care about me, and me them. I have a fairly mediocre job, but one that I enjoy. I'm not unattractive, or at least I'm told I'm not, but something has always felt missing. I could never really place my finger exactly on what that was, but I could never shake the feeling. Maybe one day I'll find that missing piece, but as for now it just hasn't shown itself."
I am not sure where this quote came from and I have had several people tell me something similar. It is an example of the first Noble Truth.

The 4 Noble Truths
1.The truth of suffering or dissatisfaction (dukkha)
2.The truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya)
3.The truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha)
4.The truth of the path that frees us from suffering (magga)

So how can we find the great presence of living now with peace in our lives?

The Buddha told us that we could think of him as a physician; showing us how we can
end the illness of suffering (feeling dissatisfied) in our lives, "walk upon the eightfold path to liberation"

A lifetime can be both too short or too long for some of us.
The great teacher Dogan warns us not to squander our lives.

Some articles in our newsletter are reprinted from previous newsletters. Usually they are part of the core teaching of our practice and meant to help inform new comers and reinforce our regular readers.
I am sending out the newsletter a bit early as I am traveling for the next week.
May we all be well and happy, may we all know love and peace......
in metta, Thay Kozen
We have had a donor offer a $100,000 challenge.
The donor will match all funds donated up to $100,000
This is an opportunity to double the value of your donation
and help build our new temple

We just successfully completed a matching fund challenge of $5,000. Thank you so much for your kind donations. It looks like we're doing this again with an even larger goal.

In the photo below you can see the foundation for the first phase of our new temple construction. The orange tubing is for in floor heating that will allow us to sit in meditation in even the coldest weather.
Quotes from the Buddha
The Buddha said, “Within your own mind, you already have what you need to succeed—the ability to put others ahead of yourself. This is called virtue, the wish-fulfilling jewel.”

SADDHARMA-PUNDARÎKA OR THE LOTUS OF THE TRUE LAW.
https://sacred-texts.com/bud/lotus/lot01.htm
Thich Minh Thien, (Thay Z)
Abbot of Budding Dharma
Arlington, Texas          thayzzen@gmail.com

Living in Harmony

In the Dhammapada, it is written that the Buddha said the following: “ Dharma is not upheld by talking about it. Dharma is upheld by living in harmony with it.” In my experience, we do a lot of talking in our pursuit of Buddhist wisdom. We discuss and chant the Sutras, we listen to dharma talks, we have Sangha where we support these discussions, and then we go back out into the world taking all of that lovely Dharma in our hearts and minds. But again, the Dharma is not upheld by just talking about it, but rather by living in harmony with it.

So what does it mean to live in harmony with the Dharma? Harmony (avirodha or sahita) can be defined as the smooth, pleasant and non-contentious functioning of two or more things. So first we must look at ourselves to determine if there is anything disharmonious in our own thoughts and actions. We have the perfect vehicle to do that in our meditation practice. Of course, sometimes our own efforts don’t always get us there and we can seek outside help should we find ourselves going round and round with the same issue with no change in the outcome. The underlying cause of disharmony isn’t necessarily an enemy or adverse conditions; rather it is more likely a thorn lodged within our own heart and mind.

What is preventing us from living in harmony right now? The short answer is greed, hatred and delusion, and all the many flavors of unhealthy emotion and behavior that flow from these toxic inner states. Any time we find ourselves in conflict with another, there is something, either subtly or overtly that we don’t like and want to be other than what it is. Or there is something we really want to happen that is not happening. We are used to thinking the only solution to this condition is changing the external circumstances, such as getting another person to agree with us. Throughout the Dharma we find a whole range of inner skills for changing our own attitudes and ways of responding to things. Outer changes can and should still be made, but with an attitude of inner harmony rather than of inner conflict. 

Buddhism tends to look inward rather than outward, so it organizes the different kinds of conflict not in terms of their outer manifestations but by means of their inner sources. We all have conflicts rooted in anger and others in resentment, hatred, attachment to views, and so forth. The antidotes all have to do with neutralizing or transforming these inner causes of conflict and replacing them with more positive or healthy mind states. Each specific harmful state has a corresponding helpful state that can be cultivated, but the most general solution involves replacing delusion in its many forms with wisdom or understanding. Throughout the teachings of the Buddha and other Masters, we learn that things like loving kindness, generosity, having common values, appreciation of others, being sensitive to their needs and not always demanding one’s own way are ways to living in harmony. And by pursuit of this harmony through our mindful living and acting, we uphold the Dharma.

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH
Naga
Left photo is of a statue at our temple. Legend has it that when the Buddha became enlightened that a great cobra, a Nāga, reared up behind him and spread its hood to protect the Buddha from sun and rain.




Change
by Rev. Ted Fontaine

When I was introduced to Buddhism there were so many new and different concepts to experience. Few spoke to me more than the Buddha's teachings of Impermanence. I would say to myself, “yea, yea, everything changes but change itself. What's the big deal?” As the years have rolled by I have come to change my mind, not surprisingly. I have learned that we all want happy moments to last, people to stay with us in our lives, our bodies to always remain healthy, the car to always start when it's time to leave for work, but in reality nothing is permanent in life.

We interpret change as something having gone wrong in the world. When we don’t recognize
something’s transient, we think it’s going to be around forever. Could it not be because of our
clinging to the way things are, that our suffering arises? In the Dhammapada the Buddha is
quoted as saying, “All conditioned things are impermanent'...when one sees this with wisdom,
one turns away from suffering.” When we learn to turn away from our attachment to things
staying the same we can embrace change for what it is, just this, just now.

Thich Nhat Hanh tells us, “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of
the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” Return to, and relax in, the present moment.
Relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, relaxing with change, not resisting the fact that
things end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance. But the reality is that nothing
is permanent in life that anything can change overnight. May we all live in the present moment,
releasing our attachments and suffering and embrace change.

The Trout Lake Abbey is spiritual 'home' to the monthly Recovery Dharma Inquiry meeting while we are meeting in cyberspace. These monthly meetings (on the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m.) are in addition to the weekly meetings (Sunday and Wednesday Evenings) of the Gorge Recovery Dharma program. We are grateful for the support of the Mt. Adams Buddhist Temple and look forward to a time when we can once again meet in person on the Abbey grounds.
 
Recovery Dharma (RD) is a worldwide program of peer support for persons recovering from substance use disorders and also 'process addictions' such as gambling, overeating, tech addiction, and other harmful or dysfunctional behaviors. RD uses Buddhist principles and practices and draws lessons from other peer support recovery programs including 12-Step fellowships such as AA and Al-Anon.
 
The meeting can be accessed on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/754615114. Participants will be admitted from the waiting room, The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. PST. Meetings last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The 12 months of the year are used to explore how the Four Noble Truths and each element of the Wise Eightfold Path may help to transform the suffering of addiction and contribute to a path of awakening and service to one another.
 
The book Recovery Dharma can be accessed and downloaded for free at recoverydharma.org
 
For more information, contact Richard Withers at richard.withers@att.net. Meetings are also listed at the Facebook group "Gorge Recovery Dharma" and at the web site for Columbia Gorge Mindfulness Meetup.
Recent Visitors To Our Temple
Venerable Dharma Brother
Dharma family saying a blessing for the new temple
Venerable Dharma Brother
May the Infinite Light of Wisdom and Compassion so shine within us
that the errors and vanities of self may be dispelled; 
so shall we understand the changing nature of existence and awaken into spiritual peace.