Hearkening: The Listening Self is an invitation to gather together in the intimate presence of fellowship with-in the celebratory clearing that is Listening’s dojo. Three themes will host our journey through this dojo of listening. The first of these themes is Detective Novel/Treasure Hunt. The second is the Hearkening of/to Avalokiteshvara. The third is Lila and Praxis.
Theme 1: Detective Novel/Treasure Hunt Our participation in the listening track can be approached as a co-creative composition and artistic production – as an exultant symphonic arising with-in the spirit of a detective novel/treasure hunt. Listening is an intricate mystery to explore as well as a vital treasure to unearth. I wish for our community’s gathering together in this course to saunter in sedulous serenade as a detective novel/treasure hunt through the mandalic labyrinth of listening.
Theme 2: The Hearkening of/to Avalokiteshvara Avalokiteshvara is the bodhisattva of compassion. One translation of the name is, “Whom hears the cries of the world.” Another translation is, “Whom hears the sound of the world.” Our living Question may become: Who or what is this Hearing? Who or what is this sounding? We wish to reveal Avalokiteshvara as the personification of listening. That is, we wish to reveal Avalokiteshvara as the beating heart of mystery which animates our detective story, and as the pearl of great price of our treasure hunt.
Avalokiteshvara gathers and personifies the multi-toned questions about the relationship(s) between listening, the cries of the world, the sound(ing) of the world, and compassion. Avalokiteshvara gathers these multi-toned questions with-in the clearing of the dojo’s soundscape, and personifies their relationship to the freely and fully alive human Being.
Our communally lived Question: What does listening’s reclamation have to do with compassion’s rehabilitation?
Theme 3: Lila and Praxis Listening’s dojo is toned with the (at)tune(ment) of lila and praxis, and we are invited in this track to resonate with these kosmic chords.
Lila is a Hindu expression revealing the entire vivid display of life as a divine drama, as a creative artistic jubilation… as the prajnaparamita that is “playfullness.” Praxis is the serenading process of learning, of embodied realization, and of ripening intimacy.
Listening is lila and listening is praxis. Our gathering together in and as the celebratory clearing of listening’s lila and praxis ripens into the resonant (at)tune(ment), where, as physicist Henri Bortoft says, “The part is the place for the presencing of the whole.” This is the resonant (at)tune(ment) where “each everything is echoing sounds” (beings/part) with, for, and as the Sounding Field (Being/Whole).
Lexicon-Wordsmith-Playstation Here are some links to terms that may be more foreign to you within the post above. I invite you to play with them and let them muse with you, seeing what novel interpretations, expressions and possibilities emerge.
Dojo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dojo Avalokiteshvara: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalokiteśvara Lila: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lila_(Hinduism) Praxis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praxis_(process) Mandala: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala Labyrinth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labyrinth Prajnaparamita: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prajnaparamita
Main PDF Hearkening Reading Files Hearkening – pdf file of reading