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#1926 - Sunday, September 19, 2004 - Editor: Gloria
The dream world contains all the relevant features of the "actual" world. But the continued appearance of a thing is not proof of its reality, regardless of whether it appears to the dreaming mind or the waking senses. Only with the dissolution of all appearance does one awaken to the ultimate Reality of the Self.
Ramesh S. Balsekar
"Chance does not speak essentially through
words nor can it be seen in their convolution.
A Reckoning With History
By W. Richard West Jr.
Sunday, September 19, 2004; Page B07
I cannot contemplate this long journey through the shadowed valleys of American history without remembering, as its very personification, the life of my late Southern Cheyenne father, Dick West. He was born in 1912 in Darlington, Okla., during the nadir of Southern Cheyenne cultural life. It had been shattered by the wars of the 19th century and the annihilation of the great buffalo herds. At 6 he was forcibly removed from his parents' home and sent to federal boarding schools, where he was dressed in a military uniform, his long hair was cut and he was prohibited from speaking Cheyenne. He remained there for the next 15 years and was trained, finally, to be a bricklayer and carpenter, notwithstanding his obvious gifts as an artist and his knowledge of traditional Plains art.
Despite these compromised beginnings, my father ultimately triumphed in a long and productive life, passing away at 83 in 1996, well into my tenure as director of the National Museum of the American Indian. He remained proudly, almost fiercely, Cheyenne all his days. In his twenties he worked hard to graduate from college when most American Indians did not, and later he became the first Native person to receive a graduate degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. He became a famed Native artist and major figure in the 20th-century Native fine arts movement. A college teacher, he taught generations of Native artists who literally have defined the field in this century and the one past.
The First Americans Festival commemorates the historic opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Set against the dramatic
backdrop of the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall, the
museum's location symbolizes a deeper understanding and
reconciliation between America's first citizens and those who
have come to make these shores their home.
The opening of this museum marks a unique cultural achievement as Native Americans from North, Central, and South America realize a long-awaited dream to share and honor their vibrant cultures with visitors from throughout the world. Online Exhibitions
[Ed. note] click on "Explore the Museum" for a virtual tour.
poem from Symeon the New Theologian. He lived in the 9th and 10th
centuries in what is now Turkey. He is a greatly revered saint of
the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Much of his sacred poetry
expresses a mysticism in which Christ is personally encountered
in the form of light.
Light is one of the primary metaphors in sacred poetry, suggesting the Divine not framed within a mental concept. But for genuine mystics, this light is not a mere concept; it is directly experienced.
This sense of light is more than a brightness one might experience on a sunny afternoon. This light is perceived as being a living radiance that permeates everything, everywhere, always. This light is immediately understood to be the true source of all things, the foundation on which the physicality of the material world is built.
The sense of boundaries and separation, long taken for granted by the mind as the fundamental nature of existence, suddenly seems illusory, for this light shines through all people and things. It has no edges, and the light of one is the light of another.
This light is recognized as your own Self, while simultaneously being the Self of all others. Since this light is you and, at the same time, it radiates within all, the question arises: How can there be separation? conflict? loss?
This is the light of the true mystics.
Thought for the Day:
Dont strain toward enlightenment.
Relax into it.
Here's your Daily Poem from the Poetry Chaikhana
|By what boundless mercy, my Savior,
Translated by John Anthony McGuckin
what boundless mercy, my Savior,
--from The Book of Mystical Chapters: Meditations on the Soul's Ascent from the Desert Fathers and Other Early Christian Contemplatives, trans. John Anthony McGuckin
A Dominican mystic, teaching in Paris and Cologne.
Accused of heresy, his works forgotten until our
time. In beauty he saw the God in all things.
"I have occasionally spoken of a light in the soul
which is uncreated and uncreatable. . . . This
light is not satisfied with the simple, still
and divine being which neither gives nor takes,
but rather it desires to know from where this
being comes. It wants to penetrate to the simple
ground, to the still desert, into which distinction
never peeped, neither Father, Son nor Holy Spirit.
There, in that most inward place, where everyone
is a stranger, the light is satisfied, and there
it is more inward than it is in itself, for this
ground is a simple stillness which is immovable
in itself. But all things are moved by this
immovability and all the forms of life are
conceived by it which, possessing the light of
reason, live of themselves.
Only the hand that erases can write the true thing."
http://www.sentient.org/johannes.html posted by blueoceantiger on MillionPaths
Some basics..... on Awareness Practice
"There is not something to understand intellectually. If one is making an effort to create some "state" to then "maintain" that is surely a futile effort. The reason "why" people don't "experience" their Dharmakaya Self- Nature, is that IT is too obvious, too easy, as Kalu Rinpoche has pointed out in his teachings on Mahamudra. Kalu Rinpoche: speaking about the reasons why people have trouble in practice..... "Mahamudra is too easy for us to believe...there is nothing to do; we don't have to cross oceans to get it, no mountains to climb. The only thing necessary is the "bare awareness" of the ultimate nature of mind, WHICH IS ALWAYS THERE. Beyond that, there is nothing to do, but we can't believe Mahamudra is so easy to do, or rather not to do...."
This is like the argument (the "Great Debate") in 8th century Tibet between the Zen(Chan) Master Hwashang of the "sudden school" versus the Tibetan gradualist school of Kamalasila. Dzogchen had a wonderful affinity for the views of Chan as pointed out in the bSam gtan mig sgron of gNubs Sangs-rgyas Yeshes, who did manifest Jalu then.
The whole point
is: JUST OBSERVE(notice) WHATEVER ARISES FROM MOMENT TO MOMENT.
(without intentional judgment, conceptualizing or preference or
goal). This is the basis of Dzogchen Trekcho: Chogzhag (let be):
1. Riwo Chogzhag: leave the position of the body as it happens to be.
2. Gyatso Chozhag: leave the eyes looking at whatever they happen to
be looking at.
3. Rigpa Chogzhag: leave the Mind be nakedly aware of whatever
mental events occur.
4. Nangwa Chogzhag: Leave ALL external events as-is...as they arise
from moment to moment. This is most important.
No analyzing, no judging or preferring this over that...just noticing
what's occurring, fully present.
To quote Norbu: "Self-liberation means you find yourself right in
that pure "noticing", that pure presence of Rigpa."
Jackson Peterson [email protected]
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