Sunday, March 4, 2012

Monday Morning Blues; The St. Louis Blues

Bessie Smith  The St. Louis Blues

W.C. Handy wrote the St. Louis Blues, the all-time greatest Blues and Jazz standard, after going for a walking in St. Louis, one day, and hearing a distraught woman crying out in the street, "Ma man's got a heart like a rock cast in the sea!" When he asked her what she meant, she told him, "It's cold, hard, and out of reach."

Siddhārtha's wife probably had a similar lament when she found out her husband was gone, but as a Buddha, his warm, open heart is inspiring. There is a brief mention in the Pali texts that Buddha slept between the hours of 3-4am, and maybe after lunch, if he felt like it. He would often spend the rest of the morning in Loving-Kindness meditation. 

"When the Tathagata or the Tathagata's disciples live in the world, it is done for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world."

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