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NDH Issue # 1518 Saturday, August 9, 2003 Editor: Christiana
Jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans has defined the discipline of improvisation as that of allowing".
The largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere.
A window into Buddhism. New York monastery welcomes visitors for tours, meditation. To help guests understand the principles and applications of the religion, the Great Buddha Hall has tables piled high with books ranging from "What the Buddha Taught," to "Finding Inner Peace." The books are available for visitors to take home. -more-
viorica weissman [email protected]
Mother of All Things
The universe had a beginning
Called the Mother of All Things.
Once you have found the Mother
You can know her children ...
Having known the children,
Hold tightly to the Mother.
Your whole life will be preserved from peril.
Open up the openings,
Multiply your affairs,
Your whole life will become a burden.
Those who see the small are called clear-headed;
Those who hold to gentleness are called strong.
Use the light.
Come home to your true nature.
Don't cause yourself injury:
This is known as seizing truth.
Manuel V. Hernandez [email protected]
The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta
Karma is only a store of unspent energies, of
unfulfilled desires, and fears not understood.
The store is being constantly replenished by new
desires and fears. It need not be so for ever.
Understand the root cause of your
fears-estrangement from yourself; and of desires
the longing for the self, and your karma will
dissolve like a dream.
Forgetfulness of our true nature
does not change our true nature.
We are simply ignorant of it.
Yet it is still there;
we would not exist without it.
- Ethan Walker
The Mystic Christ
tara [email protected]
"Everything is clapping today,
A rabbit I pass pulls a cymbal
From a hidden pocket
This causes a few planets and I
To go nuts
And start grabbing each other.
Someone sees this,
Tries to get me
Listen: this world is the lunatic's
Don't always agree it's real.
Even with my feet upon it
And the postman knowing my door
My address is somewhere else."
From the book, "The Gift, Poems of
Hafiz, The Great Sufi Master"
photo: Al Larus - Blue View
Found at http://nonduality.com/index.html#1
Bill Viola: The Passions art exhibit
Review: "Viola is most
the pieces are most pared down. My
favorite work in the show is
Catherine's Room, which is based on
the painting of St. Catherine of Siena
Praying done by Andrea di Bartolo in
ca. 1393-94. Mostly because of its
modesty and simplicity. Its small
scale -- five panels, each about the
size of a hardcover book -- is more
intimate. It is a private view into the
room of a woman performing the daily
rituals of life in a single room from
morning until night.
Catherine's Room was a
with the actress Weba Garrison, who
plays the character of Catherine and
is an actor in many of the pieces. She
portrays a contemporary version of a
saint, a pious woman, living in
solitude, going through her day. Each
panel represents a different time of
day. Each action during the day is
created mindfully, with great
precision. If there is one piece in the
show that truly embodies the spiritual
journey, this is the one.
art: Bill Viola Still from panel four of Catherine's Room
Nondual activism news:
Amongst the 193 people running for Governor of California is our friend Petros.
PETROS' 2003 Platform for awakening change in California
Petros' platform is modelled upon the
modality of the "Five Elements" -- Earth
(including agriculture and conservation), air
(including pollution and emission control), fire
(energy production), water, and spirit (higher
consciousness, the mind, education, and
awareness of the interdependence of life).
Also part of this idea is the timeless principle
of "As Above, So Below" -- seeing the human
individual as a microcosm of its society, and
the society as a microcosm of the whole
Art Review. Kathleen King: Soul Tracing. Her spontaneous paintings go beyond depth of color and seemingly random markings of circles, spirals, and lines, to invite the viewer to reflect on this struggle to be complete. -more-
Kathleen King Artists Statement March 2003
As individuals in a post-modern world,
our deepest beings scarred and twisted by
encounters with society and power, yet at the
same time, experience moments of ecstasy
and freedom that compel and renew. Within
our fragmented psyches full of ambivalence
and contradiction, we instinctively sense and
desire some elusive center of wholeness.
Through the action of painting, I chronicle my
personal struggle as I move between
contemporary dualities searching for an honest
path to wholeness. My latest series,
Disappearing/Becoming, is involved with this
synthesis from the particular point of view of
art: Kathleen King - New Place to Start
Lester Levenson - Sedona Method
Excerpt from "Happiness is Free," Vol. 3, p. 110.
All joys should be being what you are.
We should never enjoy
anything. In order to enjoy something, we have to go into the illusion
of separateness. The joy should be independent of things,
independent of people.
However, when one sees the truth, one
can choose to enjoy; and the
closer one gets to truth, the more one is capable of enjoying. One
becomes sensitized, and everything becomes far more intense. But
there's no need to go out and enjoy nature, because your basic
nature is joy. You are the ultimate joy.
Sue and Hur Guler [email protected]
Sue: Thank you for replying to my post,
thought it wise to chill out for a few days
before replying to your post.
Hur: please don't chill out. we need
passion. some of us veterans who are engaged
in the leisure of online spirituality "act as if"
this sort of thing is not necessary for us but
we really need people of your passion to light
our fire...or we'll keep repeating, "there's no
one here doing anything." as nisargadatta
maharaj said, "myself and others, we appear
and disappear in your world. we're all at your
mercy." you gotta love nondual poetry.
Sue: When I look at the physical
of everything around, I have days when I am
in awe of it, in those moments I see the
appearance of nature as a miracle itself.
Hur: it's that calamity of
"awe" that got us
here and makes us write these words that
desparetely wants to set itself free from the
bondage of prose and sing the devotional
songs without the imaginary Other.
Today we went past the puffins cliffs,
they have left for the summer and we
sat down to rest here high above the
sea. Then suddenly a white tailed
eagle came from down below and
passed us with a distance of 3 or 4
meters. Now I have had a wish this
summer to get a nice picture of an
I have never ever been close to an
eagle always seen them at a
distance, the large white tailed eagle
is easy to spot against the sky above
the mountain top far away, or just
above the waves down below.
So now finally it was here, catching
me by surprise and disappearing
above the mountain again before I
could pick up my camera.
So I felt quite silly, praying
eagle, please return.
photo: Al Larus
Sam Pasiencier [email protected]
Fw: from [Panhala] Eagle Poem -- Joy Harjo
To pray you open your whole
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can't see, can't hear
Can't know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren't always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon, within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
We pray that it will be done
~ Joy Harjo ~
Whimsical aphorisms forwarded to/from Jerry Katz
Zen Juddhaism--- Oymmmmmmmmmmmmm Jewish Buddhism
*Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?
*Drink tea and nourish life. With the
joy. With the second, satisfaction. With the
*The Buddha taught that one should
lovingkindness to all sentient beings. Still,
would it kill you to find a nice sentient being
who happens to be Jewish?
*If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?
*Breathe in. Breathe out.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.
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