I carry around with me Sony's first hard-drive walkman, the NW-HD1. Its a stylish little fellow which contains a selection of music tracks, but most importantly, my collection of sutta chants and 'group-sit' audio files that I have been using for nearly five years when I meditate. I just pop on the active noise reduction headphones, select a chant or group-sit track and I can meditate almost anywhere. So, on my return to my new home from Melbourne the other day, I stuffed my system into my faux-leather satchel and didn't think twice until after I got off the plane at Launceston. Usually when I fly alone I go into 'imitation sleep' mode and wile away my time quietly observing the evanescing flora of moment-to-moment experience to the deep resonances of my teacher chanting the Atanatiya, the Satipatthana or a number of other suttas or parittas while the active-noise reduction headphones cancel out a lot of the ambient background noise. This time, for some reason, I decided to read instead. I was near completion of one Dhamma Book and was keen to start another I bought at the Theosophical Society Bookshop in Melbourne.
I did not think twice about what the magnets lurking in the corners of my satchel (magnetic clasp) might do to my harddrive. When I got home, I retrieved my player and noticed some bizarre messages on its screen, including 'no database found'. Oh dear!
Fortunately, the sutta chants, group sit and discourse files were not deleted frm my computer when I did some spring cleaning about a year ago. All that is required is to upload the player with the stored files and I'm back in business and to keep my player away from my bag!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •