Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Love words

Love words
-From the Eiheiroku-

Love Words should always be used when we keep company with others. We should not utter violent words. With the people in general it is an important etiquette to greet them with the polite and sincere wishes for their good health.
Among the Buddhist priests, there prevails a custom to inquire after their health feeling grateful for one another. And again they are to love their parents telling nothing of it to others.
When we speak to others in genuine love-expressions such as we use to our babies, we are practicing love words. Let us praise the virtuous; let us show pity to the virtueless. When we are anxious to give the love words, their enlivening power will gradually expand. Then will come forth such precious love words as are usually hidden from us so long as we remain indifferent strangers to them.
When we use love words while we live in this world of ours, we shall be adamantine to any change of destiny. Even a deadly foe will be made to yield to the power of love words; still more, perfect harmony will come to be realized with the virtuous people.
When we hear people speak the love words, we feel calm and peaceful both within and without.
When we hear them spoken for the people having no chance to speak face to face, they will take root in the deeper part of our inner life.
Indeed the love words come straight out of the love mind, which is no less than that the reflection of benevolent pity. We should learn that the love words sincerely given have the power to transfer a big mountain to the sea. But only to appreciate a person’s ability does not have this much effect.

-Master Dogen-

This piece is what inspired me to find more of Master Dogen’s work. I had started with Moon in a dewdrop and then Bendowa until I finally was able to acquire the Shobogenzo.
I still have not found the Eiheiroku which I hope to find a good translation of some day.
In military culture there is a propensity to become callous that is even engrained into indoctrination. To quote Full Metal Jacket “it is the hard hart that kills.” The military is not the only source of this hardening. Daily life in our fast paced world commonly strips us away from living mindfully. We do not use love words and become poorer for it.
The first time I read this passage I cried. I had recently returned from a deployment and was drowning in emotions and delusion. Love Words helped break me out of that shock of returning to the “real world” my wife my daughters, one of which I had never even met.
I hope by my posting Love words here it will be read and help others along the way.

Gassho
Jordan

EDIT: Thanks to the efforts of Revrend Master Meiko and Ted for pointing me to Dogen's Extensive Record: A Translation of the Eihei Koroku by Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura.

Amazon dose not pick this up as the Eiheiroku
I actualy put this on my wsh list back in April without even being mindfull of what it really was.

Gassho
Jordan

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

very interesting and sensitive! You're a good writer!

Love,
Mom

Thursday, 23 November, 2006  
Blogger Jordan & The Tortoise said...

Mom,
Glad someone is reading this.

Love,
Jordan

Thursday, 23 November, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jordon,

Thanks for posting this. It was exactly what I need to read lately. I think I knew this before, but somehow I always seem to forget how much potential our words for harming, or for helping...

Gassho, Ted

Saturday, 25 November, 2006  
Blogger Jordan & The Tortoise said...

Ted,
I am glad you recived it well.
I have found sompthing from the Shobogenzo which is simalar. It should have posted allready. It may be the one you are familliar with. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Gassho
Jordan

Monday, 27 November, 2006  

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home