Dharma and the Lion

December 8, 2009

The Pandora plot thickens. 

 The below is an excerpt from a rather thought-provoking article, The Jesus Sutras: An Ancient Message for a Post-Modernist Future by Martin Palmer.

The Four Essential Laws of Christian Dharma
Good counsel is not all that the Sutras offer. The following passage illustrates how far beyond Judaic tradition the Chinese Christians ranged.
Now, what are the Four Essential Laws of the Dharma?
The first is
no wanting. If your heart is obsessed with something,
It manifests in all kinds of distorted ways.
Distorted thoughts are the root of negative behavior . . .

The second is no doing.  Don’t put on a mask and pretend to be what you’re not . . .
The effort needed to hold a direction is abandoned,
And there is simply action and reaction.
So walk the Way of No Action.

The third is no piousness. And what that means
Is not wanting to have your good deeds broadcast to the nation.
Do what’s right to bring people to the truth
But not for your own reputation’s sake.
So anyone who teaches the Triumphant Law,
Practicing the Way of Light to bring life to the truth,
Will know Peace and Happiness in company.
But don’t talk it away. This is the Way of No Virtue.

The fourth is no absolute. Don’t try to control everything,
Don’t take sides in arguments about right and wrong.
Treat everyone equally, and live from day to day.
It’s like a clear mirror that reflects everything anyway:
Green or yellow or in any combination-
It shows everything, as well as the smallest of details.
What does the mirror do? It reflects without judgment.

I am reminded of the Four Agreements, that practical guide to personal freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz, which is based on ancient Toltec wisdom.

Be impeccable with your word:

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Don’t take anything personally:

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Don’t make assumptions:

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always do your best:

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Hmm…I don’t know about you, Reader, methinks in my next incarnation, I shall return as a wild critter of some sort because I am rather tired of all these damn rules, commandments, sutras, secrets, 12-steps, 7 habits, 10 paths, etcetera……..etcetera……..etcetera….(said with my best Yul Brynner voice).

I mean…..really….dude…….haven’t we got the hang of being human yet?


One comment

  1. Yes, unlike other animals, we suffer from the curse of consciousness. Of course, just to make things interesting, it’s a blessing too.

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