This blog, Yours in the Dharma by Sandy Garson, is an effort to navigate life between the fast track and the breakdown lane, on the Buddhist path. It tries to use a heritage of precious, ancient teachings to steer clear of today's pain and confusion to clear the path to what's truly happening.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
Jam Session: Bodhicitta in a jar
Everyone can breathe easier today. The world is a happier
place. This morning
I was up earlier than the sun could burn off cold fog, so I
fired up the range and made a small batch of late crop strawberry jam. Now
there should be enough-- although truthfully when it comes to sharing the love
of homemade jam from farmer’s market fruits there is never enough.
The jars of seasonal strawberry I made late in June were
disappearing rapidly, chosen over peach and apricot, even blueberry, so I was
fretting. For 48 years, I have been making pure ingredient strawberry jam (just
the berries with lime juice, rose water, spices and tiny bit of raw sugar), and
there have definitely been years I wanted to quit, this being one of them. But
people wait for it. They look so forward to getting a jar or two, I feel like
that Titanic love: I must go on.
There’s definitely a jar for me, if I even want it because I
don’t eat that much jam. But others, they’re crazy for it, and my jam making is
always for others. Frankly, no matter how much stuff and money
people have, they go gaga over a jar of simple homemade jam. It’s still the
best handout money can’t buy. I love how happy it makes everyone, how simple it is to make
people happy in this monstrously troubled world.
So, when to my surprise yesterday, I saw a few piled-high
pints of late crop strawberries at my local farmers’ market, I figured “what the hell’ and the pig in me grabbed
two. I could’ve sliced and enjoyed them, but I was, as I said, worried about
others. So I am happy to report the four jars of jam those berries just made reduced
my anxiety. More people are going feel the love. Homemade jam is such an easy
way to share it, I am in fact on my way back to the kitchen to turn the four
peaches a local farmer gave me and the handful of blackberries I picked by the
side of the road into a few more jars to give away. On this very happy morning,
I feel like the world is going to be a more perfect place.
Author of How To Fix a Leek and Other Food From Your Farmers' Market, new edition published May 2011; and Veggiyana: the Dharma of Cooking, published September 2011 by Wisdom Publications. Founder and president of Veggiyana, a charitable effort to feed Buddhist monastics and schoolchildren in India, Nepal and Tibet. On Facebook as Prima Dharma Cook.
This is a blog of essays from the Buddhist perspective of Sandy Garson.
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