Process: A Manifesto for Modern Boddhisatvas

Process: the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied, or realized, a combination of reflection and action that realizes the historicity of human persons. In this sense actions are realized in light of the way they affect history.

Don’t escalate the hostility, don’t escalate the anger, control your mind, watch what you’re doing, be aware – totally.

Demonstrate your tranquility and quietness and presence to others, and to yourself; reinforce the awareness, exchange Upaya, skillful means, trade secrets of communication-forming proposals.

Proposition not opposition – develop proposals for a new society based on new consciousness, and then put them into operation on a small scale, mutually.

The surface of the planet has got to be replanted back to some sort of living delight, instead of dead vibrations. Get to work. You are the Free City planners. Stop aspiring. Start doing.

The only thing that will allow each of us to create his or her Utopia is process– and the pooling of our resources to free each of us to pursue our individual activities and strengthen the autonomous boundaries of our free cities of the now.

Stop acting so small, you are the universe in ecstatic motion.

Don’t come on stage half-cocked. You are a vessel through which the creative energy of the universe realizes and knows itself. Your nature is to be trusted fundamentally, as it is impossible to believe oneself innately evil without discrediting the very belief, since all notions of a perverted mind would be perverted notions.

Blaze out a path for all of us, and come back and make it clear. Explore the side canyons and deer trails, and investigate cliffs and thickets.

Speak like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone.

There are infinite sentient beings in the universe, why rest until you have liberated them all?

Be here now. The secret of life is rapt attention.

This is it. Right here, right now. Here we all are. Here, I am.

Tat tvam asi. Satchitananda.

Remember who you are.

Love everyone.

Credit where credit is due, much of this has been paraphrased or copied from the following works:

The Dialectics of Liberation Speech, 1967, Allen Ginsberg
Gary Snyder’s farewell poem to Alan Watts printed in one of Druid Heights’ local publications
Alan Watts speaking on writing
Ram Dass’ famous catchphrase


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