Today is the sixth of 24 solar terms Guyu –“Grain Rain” in the Chinese traditional calendar. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 45°. It usually starts around April 20.
The arriving of Grain Rain normally is the end of spring coldness; the weather will step towards summer. The duckweeds start to grow; the buds of reeds are produced. The peonies are blooming, the hoopoe birds stand on the white mulberry tree, and it is the time to feed silkworms.
If we have a subtle mind, more changing of season can be found and felt whenever we pass by, look around or even sit at home. Among these changes, don’t neglect the changing of ourselves. We are living in an impermanent and lively world. We can never separate ourselves from the whole vitality.
It is a good season to introspect and set up the link with the whole. If the grain needs rain to make it grow, our life needs wisdom and compassion to moisten. The seed of wisdom requires self-discipline and a stable mind to irrigate, and the real compassion is cultivated by the equal mind, just like the rain has no discrimination to water the earth.
When I first read “Grain Rain”, it seemed the “rain of grain” was falling down before one's eyes. With this view, let’s have the best wishes for everyone’s sufficient joy and happiness : )