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!"#$%&'$ Knh th!a qu! "#c gi$, Trong khng gian %m p c&a ma an c! 2010-2011 n'm nay, t'ng thn Tu vi(n Bch Nham hn hoan ra m)t qu! "#c gi$ !"c san Tng H#c "*u tin. Thng chn v+a qua, Bch Nham c duyn lnh "!,c "n nh-n 8 s! c, 1 th*y v 1 s! ch t+ Thi Lan sang. T. chng Bch Nham c/ng nh! cc t'ng thn c! s0 "1a ph!2ng v cc vng ph3 c-n r%t vui m+ng v4i s5 hi(n di(n c&a ch! t'ng ni m4i ny. Khng kh Bch Nham vui h6n ln v t!2i h6n ra. Ngoi ra Xm Tng Xanh bn cc th*y c/ng "!,c thm 2 th*y t+ Xm V7ng Chi v Xm Th!,ng qua v 1 th*y t+ Massachusett xu8ng an c! chung. Xm H9c Tr)ng c t4i 21 s! c an c! n'm nay. V4i s5 gp m:t c&a cc v1 c! s0 ; di h9n tham d5 vo ma an c! ny, khng kh tu vi(n tr; nn r%t hng h-u. C/ng trong b8i c$nh ny m !"c san Tng H#c bit "@u do t. chng th!Ang tr v cc thi@n sinh "ng gp h*u hi>n t:ng ">n qu! "#c gi$ nh7ng h9nh phc v ni@m vui trong cu#c s8ng c#ng "Bng. Knh mAi qu! "#c gi$ th!;ng th.c !"c san Tng H#c v knh chc qu! v1 m#t ma "ng nhi@u bnh an v m#t n'm m4i nhi@u h9nh phc. Ban bin t$p
()*+,)*-.$ Dear readers, In the cozy atmosphere of the Winter Rain Retreat 2010-2011 this year, the sangha at Blue Cliff Monastery happily presents to you the premier issue of the PineCrane magazine. Recently Blue Cliff has the good fortune of welcoming 8 monastic sisters and 2 monastic brothers from Thailand. The four-fold sangha at Blue Cliff, along with our local lay sanghas, were very happy to have the presence of our new brothers and sisters. The atmosphere here is more joyous and fresh. In addition, the brothers hamlet, Green Pine, received 2 more monks from Deer Park and Plum Village and 1 guest monk from Massachusett for the winter. The sisters hamlet, White Crane, has 21 nuns this winter. With the participation of our long-term lay brothers and sisters in this winter retreat, the energy of the
sangha is strong and stable. It is in this environment that the PineCrane magazine manifests as a small spiritual gift in your hands. The short essays, poems and paintings introduced here are all from the members of the four-fold sangha, both residents and friends; offering joy and happiness, fruits of their practice living in a community. May you enjoy this magazine and may the winter season bring you much peace and the new year much happiness. The editors
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!+55+*$5)$50+$E@)FG$)E$&++.+$ If I didnt hear you calling from the sky, I wouldnt even notice that time was flying by. Thank you for reminding me that nothing has changed. Impermanence never changes. I told myself I wouldnt write anything, considering how my heart is already laid on a platter. The world can stop and stare. But to the geese in the blue sky: I want you to smile, knowing no matter how I try to hide it, I still love you. You are my inspiration, my strength and my hope. I will do better, be more beautiful for you. Did you know that every time you flew by and called to us, we were in deep contemplation? We were contemplating whether life came before death, or death before birth. To be honest, we were contemplating if the egg came before the goose or the goose before the egg. Would that bother you? My heart is full of poetry when I write to you, maybe because you make me feel alive and grateful. Your wings smooth, the wind blows without a sound by you. The evening sun softens your eyes and heart. A few clouds to color the already illustrious sky and you are, as Ive heard, utterly free. I can recite poetry and sutras to you endlessly but I know youre simpleminded or maybe what Im saying is extremely mundane. I just wanted to paint this piece of paper to express my gratitude. Smile dear geese, you are there so I can be here. Let us care for each other and remember always, remember always. Last night as we prepared for the counting stick ceremony, I felt the coming together of the Mahasangha. I am extremely happy knowing we are all practicing together in the 3-month Winter Retreat across the globe. The great reunion, the great dwelling. I feel lifted in spirit and practice, knowing how precious and joyful this Winter Retreat is. I can only imagine the big meditation hall of the Upper Hamlet being filled with Th*y, my brothers and sisters. I dont need to be there to feel the strength, the stability created. We will all grow a full year just in 3 months. Mindfulness, Concentration, Insight. We will create the space for everyones holding. Everyone will be loved,
accepted and embraced as we bravely face what is inside us and in the world. Transformation and healing. We will rejuvenate and refresh as we prepare to go out and embrace the coming year. We will be a tree, a refuge for tired wings and lost children across the world. How wonderful to use the Dharma as a pillow and the Sangha as a blanket. How wonderful to be a part of this community. So excited! I know joy isnt happiness but its like being lost in the desert and seeing an oasis. I havent drunk the water yet but when I do, my joy will turn to happiness. Ill still be excited anyway cause Im just full of joy. True Morning Light
Tranh Tng H#c-PineCrane by sister Chn Triu Nghim
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