William Stafford: Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding

The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

– William Stafford (1914-1993)
Copy of this poem retrieved from the site “Sacred Threads” March 19, 2012.

Today is the first day of spring! In fact, for those of us on the west coast in Southern California,  the exact moment spring vernal equinox is 10:14pm; the sun rose this morning at 6:56am and will set at 7:05pm.

The Ventura Buddhist Study Center located at 901 S. Saticoy Ave, Ventura invites you to an evening of celebration, healing, relaxation and renewal at this Friday’s Spring Equinox Gong Bath March 23, 2012 from 6-8pm with Sopurkh Kaur:

“Bathe in waves of Sacred Sound, rising and falling in the rhythm and tonality. The overtones produced by this 38″ Earth Gong are precisely tuned to recreate vibrational hum of our planet. The hum is known in scientific terms as the Shulman Resonance, and in Yogic terms as the primordial Aum. The evening will include a 30-40 minute Gong Bath, preceded by a revitalizing Kundalini Yoga Kriya and followed by a Mantric Meditation with beautiful live musical accompaniment.”

Sopurkh Kaur is donating her time for this special event to support the Temple and An Lac Mission. Please donate as you can; suggested donation is $30.

Pictured is a detail of a fabric thangka by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, one of the only westerners trained in the rare Buddhist art of silk applique thangkas. She is passionate about the preservation and evolution of this Tibetan cultural tradition. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his blessings to Leslie’s work and encouraged her to make images that speak to the spiritual aspirations of people across religions and cultures.

Leslie’s story is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film, Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas. Leslie’s Weekly Wake-ups provide a thread of inspiration on the path to awakening and Leslie has graciously given permission for me to share these weekly here. Click here to order a custom print of the thangka featured above.

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