The Waystead is a Hermitage of the Lindisfarne Community, established with the intent to foster the love of God in the world. My resolve is to follow the Way of the One in Whom we live and move and have our Being.
I trust that by thoughtfully founding, and steadfastly keeping, a dwelling place and setting it apart as a place of prayer, reflection, and contemplation, I will be able to hold onto that resolve.
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Shaken By The Wind
7 The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom!
And along with all your getting, get insight! (CJB)
At first, I thought it was a typo, and then I realized it
was pretty darn Zen: “…along with all your ‘getting’, get insight!” It made me
think of phrases like, “What do I get out of it?” and “Don’t you get it?” and “What
you give is what you get.”
The beginning of wisdom is the intention to get wisdom.
1 John 4:7-21
18 There is no fear in love. On the contrary,
love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with
punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in
regard to love. (CJB)
The person who keeps on fearing……. Hoo, boy, do I know
somebody like that! The thing is, when you go to practice loving-kindness
toward such a person, it’s as if they are oblivious. There’s no space for
anything but fear. In cases like that, the love circles aimlessly, like a bee around
a silk flower. Nothing to be done.
7 …………… “What
did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind? (RSV)
Well, yes, sometimes I do. I know that’s not the point, but
on the other hand— maybe it is. This passage makes me think of the famous koan,
“Mu” about whether a dog has buddha-nature:
A monk asked,
"Does a dog have a Buddha-nature or not?"
The master said,
The monk said,
"Above to all the Buddhas, below to the crawling bugs, all have
Buddha-nature. Why is it that the dog has not?"
The master said,
"Because he has the nature of karmic delusions".
7 …………… “What did you
go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind?”
“If you cannot pass through the barrier Mu then you are like a ghost
clinging to bushes and grasses.”
Mumon’s comment on the koan ‘Mu’.)
can’t pass the un-passable, you’re a ghost clinging to bushes and grasses.
pass this impassible gate, it has no latch; no hinges. It just sits there not
the gate of “Nope!” Does that make me a nope-body?
through, no going back, no lounging halfway through the door.
Psalm 142 By the road that I am walking they have hidden a snare for me. Numbers 24: 1-13 “I summoned you to curse my enemies. But here, you have done nothing but bless them — three times already!" Romans 8: 12-17 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear... Matthew 22: 15-22 “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me?
The Way: Snares, contrariness, fear, and traps. That’s samsara, is what that is. The literal meaning of “samsara” is “continuous flow.” If you want a synonym for ‘samsara’ maybe “flux” would do.
Necks in a noose, getting the opposite of what we expect, being betrayed by freedom, and hearing our own double-dealing words echo in our ears. There’s no escaping it, until we stop trying to escape it. That’s when all the sticky tangles just dissolve without even a sizzle. Where did they go? Who cares? There are so many clues embedded in our language that tell us what we already know: “There ya go.” — “It is what it is.” — “Even so.” — “Can’…
from Sunday 8-19-2018 THE BREAD
OF LIFE Proverbs 9:1-6 To those without sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed. I’m all over the map
today. At first I thought my role might be that of Wisdom, building a house and
calling to “those without sense” to come in. Then vertigo set in, the world
whirled sideways, and there I was standing there stupidly trying to figure out
where the voice came from that was calling to me. How about this?— “Without
sense” might mean someone “who’s got no sense” but it might just as well mean
someone who just can’t make sense of anything. How many times have we heard someone
say that “nothing makes sense anymore”? Hello.
Psalm 34:9-14 13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking *
and your lips from lying words. But what if my words
aren’t a lie? What if my words are not evil in intent, but instead lay bare the
truth of an evil? Is that what I’ve been doing, shutting my teeth on honest
words for no better reason than because I do…
Acts 11:1-18 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 11 The emissaries and the brothers throughout Y’hudah heard that the Goyim had received the word of God; 2 but when Kefa went up to Yerushalayim, the members of the Circumcision faction criticized him, 3 saying, “You went into the homes of uncircumcised men and even ate with them!” 4 In reply, Kefa began explaining in detail what had actually happened: 5 “I was in the city of Yafo, praying; and in a trance I had a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came down to me. 6 I looked inside and saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, crawling creatures and wild birds. 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Kefa, slaughter and eat!’ 8 I said, ‘No, sir! Absolutely not! Nothing unclean or treif has ever entered my mouth!’ 9 But the voice spoke again from heaven: ‘Stop treating as unclean what God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled back up into hea…