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#2007 - Saturday, December 18, 2004 - Editor: Gloria Lee    

No one ever promised
that the fastest horse in the race
was the easiest one to ride.

     - Eric J. Joiner, Jr.    

"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."

     - African Proverb    

“A conflict in the known laws of physics means a failure to grasp a deep truth…”

     - Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos, 2004, p. 17  

"Remember this: The truth, when it arrives, is always different
from what we thought it would be. If we imagine that we already
know the truth, that imagination is based on old and habitual ideas.
But the truth is always something entirely new to the mind;
therefore, we cannot possibly imagine it. Just as we cannot know
what a new day is like before we experience it, we cannot think
accurately about a new truth until we first live it."                 

 Vernon Howard, Psycho-Pictography, p. 228  

posted to nondualnow by Ben Hassine    


image: Night in the Park by Dusan Pajin, 1995    

A snip from "A Still Forest Pool"..The Insight meditation of Achaan Chah
Compiled and edited by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breiter.
The heart of the path is so simple. No need for long explanation.
Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they
are. That is all I do in my own practice.

Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let
it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.      

Go Beyond Words: See for Yourself.

In my own practice, I did not know or study much. I took the straightforward
teachings the Buddha gave and simply began to study my own mind according to
nature. When you practice, observe your self. Then gradually knowledge and vision
will arise of themselves. If you sit in meditation and want it to be this way or that, you
had better stop right there. Do not bring ideals or expectations to your practice. Take
your studies, you opinions, and store them away.  

You must go beyond all words, all symbols, all plans for your practice. Then you can
see for yourself the truth, arising right here. If you do not turn inward, you will never
know reality. I took the first few years of formal Dharma text study, and when I had
the opportunity, I went to hear various scholars and masters teach, until such study
became more of a hindrance than a help. I did not know how to listen to their sermons
because I had not looked within.  

The great meditation masters spoke about the truth within oneself. Practicing, I began
to realized that it existed in my own mind as well. After a long time, I realized that
these teachers have really seen the truth and that if we follow their path, we will
encounter everything they have spoken about. Then we will be able to say, "Yes, they
were right. What else could there be? Just this." When I practiced diligently,
realization unfolded like that.  

If you are interested in Dharma, just give up, just let go. Merely thinking about
practice is like pouncing on the shadow and missing the substance. You need not study
much. If you follow the basics and practice accordingly, you will see the Dharma for

There must be more than merely hearing the words. Speak just with yourself, observe
your own mind. If you cut off the verbal, thinking mind, you will have a true standard
for judging. Otherwise, your understanding will not penetrate deeply. Practice in this
way and the rest will follow.      

posted to MillionPaths by Anton  


Thought for the Day:

Divine purpose, dharma, moves through you.

The only question is
whether you pretend to fight it.


Here's your Daily Poem from the Poetry Chaikhana --

[323] As if I asked a common Alms,

By Emily Dickinson
(1830 - 1886)

As if I asked a common Alms,
And in my wondering hand
A Stranger pressed a Kingdom,
And I, bewildered, stand --
As if I asked the Orient
Had it for me a Morn --
And it should lift its purple Dikes,
And shatter me with Dawn!

--from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. Thomas H. Johnson


  Sunset over Mount Lu

Homage to Tsung Ping (375-443)


Sunlight streams on the river stones.
From high above,the river steadily plunges-
Three thousand feet of sparkling water-
The Milky Way pouring down from heaven.

Li T'ai-po

at Hui-yŁan's monastery (415-443)

Suddenly the sun announced evening, and this world
was gone. We then became aware of the mysterious
perception of world-renouncers and comprehended the true
nature of enduring things: could it be merely the landscape
that caused such divine pleasure? As each of us was enjoying
the shared happiness of a rare time, moved by an auspicious
moment that would be hard to recreate, emotions burst forth
from our midst, and we accordingly hymned them together.  

    Wondrous Power of Kuan-yin



They say you cannot say
When will she appear,
Wherefrom will she come.
For ages I searched perfections
In old sutra
I saw them exemplified in sculptures
On the bodhisattva faces.
In time of great need
Surrounded by cruelty and suffering
Immersed in the great destruction
Complaining about my karma
On a rainy afternoon
Suddenly I met Kuan Yin.
Claiming to be ignorant of Buddhism
She manifested perfections
Demonstrating Compassion
Giving free lessons in kindness,
Wisdom in disguise
With virtue complete.

Dusan Pajin

  from Dusan Pajin's exhibition

  On Peace

  "If I do not cultivate a peaceful, loving, and compassionate nature
within myself, then I cannot really contribute to peace in society as a
whole. No matter what public statements I make or what physical
demonstrations I engage in, nothing done in the name of peace has any
meaning as long as my own character remains violent and intolerant.

As Shantideva said, 'It is impossible to cover the entire world with
leather, but by covering one's feet with sandals the same effect is
created. Likewise, it is impossible to bring this world into harmony by
destroying all harmful beings that exist; but by covering one's mind
with the gentleness of loving patience the whole world becomes

~Glenn Mullin

From the Article, "A Buddhist Vision of Peace,"
on the "Theosophical Society of America" web site:

posted on Daily Dharma  


[Some tiny bits are spoken in the Dutch language but I don’t think it is too disturbing. I watched it twice and can recommend it.]

A new documentary film on the life and teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh:

Thich Nhat Hanh, monk, zen teacher, writer and peace activist, born in Vietnam in 1926, was the organiser of a non-violent resistance movement after the outbreak of the Vietnam War.

Scenes from Plum Village include a retreat held for Israelis and Palestinians to come together.

We follow Thich Nhat Hanh around the time of Memorial Day of 9/11 in Washington D.C., where he teaches Members of Congress the concepts of ‘Mindful Living’. He tries to convey his message of peace straight to the centre of world power.


posted to nondualnow by Ben Hassine 

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