Merry Christmas Everyone. Today is the day where shopping ends. After the frenzy, today all the stores are closed and the gifts given. All the food is bought and the liquor stores are closed. Today is the day when we walk around throwing out bags of wrapping paper so carefully chosen. Today is the day we go over our little pile of gifts making sure that is all, that there isn’t just one more surprise. Today is the day we are not sure what day it is.
But I have a nice martini and my talk to talk about. It is here that I align myself with the Force. Just watched the Force Awakens and The Last Jedi in the movie theater yesterday, or the day before. I can’t remember. And we should want to know how I can be a Jedi Knight and be with the Force? If we can find the Force in Everyday mind and life, what good is it?
Star Wars is not just fantasy. Star Wars is the American Epic that awakens us to our true nature, that which is greater than we think we are in our everyday world where we are programmed like storm troopers in the Evil Empire. We have to see Star Wars as about us through the window of metaphor.
This is why I take refuge in Zen because Zen is about awakening the Force within. In Zen it’s called Prajna, or the aroused mind that doesn’t rest on any form or thought. This awakening mind is not a state but the creative act or Idea that is action. The Force is body/mind as One. The Force is the One that is Two. In Buddhism is is called the Dharma and its two wings are wisdom and compassion. We should be interested in discovering this Force within, and not just wait for the next Star Wars movie.
If we are not vitally interested in discovering the Force within, we are Storm Troopers in the world, programmed to believe we are free. Star Wars is a movie from which to wake up.
The topic of this talk is Doorknob Dharma, or how to find the Force in everyday life. Dharma doors are everywhere, in fact, every moment is a Dharma Door (or Force door). The creative force of the cosmos is creating each moment, but we can’t see it. We can feel it, but we can’t see it. Discord, irritations, division, all negativity in fact, is a sign we are out of alignment with the Dharma. The Dharma Door is through these pairs-of-opposites. Just like Moses, we can part the sea and walk through the Dharma Door. But we have to become a Dharma Student. We have to want to be Jedi Knight. May the Force be with you.