Already Broken: A Buddhist Perspective on the Season of
Our theme for January is Renewal. It is said that the one constant in the universe is change. Our bodies renew themselves physically by replacing cells of most organs with new cells. Our minds begin life as empty vessels which grow and change with our life experiences. The elements of which we are made were once created in the hearts of stars which formed from gas and dust -- then exploded -- spreading those elements throughout the universe to come together as beings alive and able to contemplate their own natures and the natures of their universe only to be dispersed again and again in a never-ending cycle of renewal.
Rev. James Ishmael Ford recalls the gift of a concrete statue from his congregation which had developed a crack and would probably be left behind when he and his wife moved at retirement age although he had grown fond of it. He remembered a story about a meditation master who was asked about how we can be happy in a world of illness and death. The master explained that he had been given a water glass that he cherished and that it certainly one day would break, so he made certain he would enjoy using it in the meantime! -- Much of life is fleeting and we should take time to enjoy it while we can.