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DIssue #1360 - Monday, February 24, 2003 - Editor: Gloria

A wine bottle fell from a wagon and
broke open in a field.
That night one hundred beetles and all their cousins
and did some serious binge drinking.
They even found some seed husks nearby
and began to play them like drums and whirl.
This made God very happy.
Then the "night candle" rose into the sky
and one drunk creature, laying down his instrument,
said to his friend ~ for no apparent
"What should we do about that moon?"
Seems to Hafiz
Most everyone has laid aside the music
Tackling such profoundly useless

("The Gift" -- versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)        

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"Let God work in you, recognize that it's his work, and don't bother if he works natural or supernatural; both are his, nature as well as grace."

~Meister Eckhart~


Worrying about the future is like trying
to eat the hole in a doughnut.
It's munching on what isn't.

      ~Barry Neil Kaufman~

Lorreck on talkingstickwisdom


There is a lake so tiny
that a mustard seed would cover it
easily , yet everyone drinks from this lake.

Deer , jackals , rhinocerouses , and sea elephants
keep falling into it , falling and dissolving
almost before they have time to be born.

___ Lalla , Naked Song
        tr - Coleman Barks      

Viorica Weissman on MillionPaths 

What is the skilled approach of someone seriously interested in realizing his or her highest potential?

Stated simply it is to keep the mind continuously in as happy and peaceful a condition as possible.

-Lama Thubten Yeshe, "Introduction to Tantra"



"If you let go of everything—
Everything, EVERYTHING —
That's the real point!" ~Patrul Rinpoche

From the poem, "Advice From Me To Myself," at

Gotta read that poem - if you're brave, that is!
on Daily Dharma



It is not within our grasp to explain
the prosperity of the wicked
or the suffering of the righteous.
All we are called upon to do
is to act justly ourselves.

Reality is more complex than we would like.
If we insist upon it making sense,
we will find ourselves despairing.
Reality cannot be neatly packaged,
bound with the ribbon of morality.
Reality is greater than our ideas of good and evil;
Reality is beyond our right and wrong.
Reality is all that is, and this is often at odds
with what we imagine it should be.

Where we stand up for justice, let us act.
Where we are confronted by Truth,
let us keep silent.
Rabbi Yannai in "Wisdom of the Jewish Sages: A Modern Reading of Pirke Avot" by Rami M. Shapiro


from "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones" Paul Reps


When Banzan was walking through a market he
overheard a conversation beween a butcher and his customer.
   "Give me the best piece of meat that you have,"
said the customer.
   "Everything in my shop is the best," replied the butcher.  "You cannot find here any piece of meat
that is not the best."
   At these words Banzan beame enlightened.


Rinzai, the founder of Rinzai Zen;

"Stop thinking and trying to find the answers. And do it now!

Don't be deceived by others. Trust yourself. That's all that is required.

The scholars and sutras! I spit on them! You have only to know that, wherever you are on the road to your own home.

The hope of enlightenment is like a yoke about your neck.

Bodhidharma and Nirvana are hitching posts for asses. Forget all this stuff.

Don't worry. Take things as they are. Walk when you want to walk. Sit when you want to sit.

Those who strive for success are stupid.

Time is precious. There is no permanence in an instant.

You are like a man who rejects his own head to look for another.

The real is ready at hand and doesn't wait for an opportune time.

There is no fixed teaching. All I can provide is an appropriate medicine for a
particular ailment.

What is there to doubt!

Let go. Don't seek or run away.

Make no mistake, there's nothing to be found without or within. And don't hang onto my
words. Go your way in calm and with an empty mind. It is enough to be quiet and ordinary.

Be self reliant.

Observe in yourself what is already there.




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