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I came across this beautiful quote last week from Ajahn Chah

“If my mind doesn’t go out to disturb the noise,
the noise won’t disturb me.”

Was lucky enough to have week’s family holiday this Easter on the Dorset coast. So as not to be in the way of anyone else waking up I took to meditating on the beach. I thought it would be peaceful and quiet and conducive to some calm meditation. There was hardly any wind. However when I sat down on this all but deserted beach the first thing i noticed was that waves, even small lapping ones don’t ever stop turning over and over. With little sea noise I could also hear more gulls more clearly more of the time. This annoyed me

Fortunately, I was trying to get to grips with the basics of the ideas of emptiness and cause and effect, which I had been reading about in Geshe Tashi Tsering book “Emptiness” (preview here). I tried to reflect on the idea of all things being dependent on causes, parts and their relationship to other things and events. Because if you don’t go out to meet and disturb the noise by adding on your own stories and concepts to it then that noise is just a wave, just a gull calling. In the end neither has a concrete inherent part to it that I can get worked up about. Unless of course I choose to.

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It isn’t Black and White

Since everything is linked to, or interdependent with, everything else, you cannot say anything is a separate thing. Neither can it be true that anything exists without being caused by other factors.

So first of all you must always consider what created the situation in front of you. Which means …….photo-13 This morning I heard an old Housemartins song “Happy Hour”. Now I love the Housemartins and have fond memories of a gig at the Town and Country club, Kentish Town in the mid 1980’s. today one line struck me differently though, probably because i had been thinking about this shades of grey idea…. the line was

“If you don’t win then you lose”

And it isn’t like that at all. It is never like that. It simply isn’t possible for it to be like that. The more you think about interdependence the beautifully greyer everything gets