To carry the self forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forward and actualize the self is awakening.
You are the whole of the universe locked into a karmic thread. And I know that not everybody can see your eternity. I know that not everybody can see that you are Buddha. I know that not everybody can see that you are infinite. I know that not everybody can see that your heart is as big as the universe. And I know that you have to live a life where others can’t see you that way.
A conversation with Sally Chang, Chief Instructor of Evergreen Taiji Academy, and BZC dharma teacher Shingetsu Laura O’Loughlin. This conversation was offered as part of a Qigong Fundraiser Workshop for BZC, offered by Sally Chang at Boundless Mind Temple in Brooklyn in September 2022.
About Sally Chang
Sally Chang is Chief Instructor of Evergreen Taiji Academy. She is a Teacher, Acupuncturist, and 30+ year practitioner of Daoist Wisdom Arts including Qigong, Taiji, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Sally’s teachings focus on cultivating the innate capacity for healing; and she is known for her warm, focused presence.
Xin Xin Ming: If You Can Be Like This, Why Worry About Not Finishing?
If I can give up the idea of what completing the talk would be, then I would be in a very different relationship with the task of preparing the talk, giving the talk, responding to questions. All the energy that was previously bundled up on holding and maintain that view is now released.
Those of us who come to this practice, we set aside a lot of time to practice, to try to tame our brains, to try bringing ourselves with some kind of alignment with the universe and emptiness, to try to find the source of our true Buddha nature – not even knowing what it looks like, really. Sometimes struggling to let go of the forms and practices and things that we come to lean on to keep our minds tamed and in line. To make it not hurt so much.
Our relationship to our ancestors is complicated because we may have ancestors that engaged in violence, we may ancestors where one group of the ancestors actually treated the other group of the ancestors badly. We may have difficulty honoring ancestors, even though they have given us everything.