Christmas with Chödrön II

This Christmas, a friend gave me The Pocket Pema Chödrön, which includes 108 brief insights from the books of the beloved Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön. I’m committing to blog on Chödrön’s wisdom for each of the twelve days of Christmas. Because the number 108 held such energy for me, I have decided to limit my reflections and comments to 108 words, which is really not very much at all! But it will be a good Christmas challenge. Since God was able to limit the Infinite to one tiny baby, I can at least try to limit my ramblings to 108 words…

Chödrön: “Fundamental richness is available in each moment…It is not ours or theirs but is available always to everyone. In raindrops, in blood drops, in heartache and delight, this wealth is the nature of everything. It is like the sun in that it shines on everyone without discrimination.” (Selection 13: When Things Fall Apart, 101)

Richard Rohr claims that Jesus of Nazareth was the first non-dualist teacher of the West. I find this unsettling, especially since I can think of a number of Jesus’ teachings that sound very “dualistic.” However, the teaching that Rohr emphasizes is in Matthew when Jesus says, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45).

“Fundamental richness… shines on everyone without discrimination.”

Today is the Feast Day of St. Stephen, a student of non-dualism who, after seeing Jesus shining gloriously in the sky, wished “fundamental richness” for those who were stoning him to death.


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