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is there someone called the teacher?


in conversation with : Therese Lind Bjellder

@thereselindbillie So basically a teacher's work is to reveal our hidden potential to us and yes, the inspiration he or she gives is this: take a step out of the fear that is restraining you. That step is letting ourselves fall into the unknown. -Hamid Ebadi @hamid.ebadi0 🗣🙏🏽💫🍀#myteacher #thankful I wish to one day again sit for hours and listen to your magical beautiful words describing the indescribable

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Thank you, Therese, for mentioning me and for reminding me of the words I shared with you. That touched me for you are giving them out and sharing them with others. In doing so you yourself are teaching now and others are receiving your words. In others I include myself and find a certain beauty in it. Emanating from you, these words reach me as fresh and refreshing for it is you who has given them voice. By giving them voice you have freed me from uttering them.

In the Zen tradition we see the teachings as a lamp that keeps being transmitted over generations from one person to another. That light dispels the darkness our ego mind weaves around us, an opacity you can call ignorance.

The light transmitted, call it Dharma, is no one's light. No one's light means the teachings, stricto sensu,


do not belong to anyone. To no particular person you could call or who they themselves could call; a teacher. A point you miss out on if you consider yourself a teacher and let that notion solidify itself to become a part of your identity. Let the teachings pass through you as the breeze passes through an orchard and the day rises to meet the sun.

No one gives and no one receives it and that is why it is of such succour, it is self-illuminating. It is the radiance that illumines the self, the other, and the separation we perceive as existing between the self and the other. It is dana: a sheer gift. A gift that is pure is one where the giver ignores she is giving, does not know to whom she is giving and does not know what it is she is giving. "When you give … do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” (Matthew 6:3) A pure gift liberates the giver and the receiver and that is the action of love.

That which illumines what the ego separates is called in Buddhism prajna, wisdom. What is illuminated is our deep rooted confusion; all the ways we get attached to beliefs, views, roles and stories. This is freedom, which is another way of speaking of our ability to rest in things as they are. An experience Meister Eckhart would call Gelassenheit: the state of letting be or, releasement.

We shall meet and sit together again soon. But are we not already meeting and sitting together right now?

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Therese Lind Bjellder

Thank You Hamid 🙏🏽 Yes we are indeed already meeting right now, I feel blessed, I feel your presence and how my breathing extended and how much more present I immediately became. I read your words over and over to really let them sink in and become part of my breathing and part of a calmness running through my veins. I have found so much freedom in my heart and mind letting them rest in how things are, and bit by bit let the rest unfold. From recalling, reminding myself of your words sensing the Dharma and prajna coming from you . Releasment / Gelassenheit is a wonderful word. Just by pronouncing it to myself I can let go of tensions blocking the way for prana to run free and a feeling of freedom can take place in my physical as well as mental body.

Once again I thank You, cause you have helped me change the way I live, think and am, into a Me that I really go along well with;) I like my own company now much more than before and I am proud of the way I am able to use "tools" to see things so clearly and dare to leave my heart open

#teachings #dharma #meditation #zen #zazen #dana #meaitereckhart