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#2089 ~ Monday, March 21, 2005 ~ Editor: Gloria
and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all.
~ Anne Lamott in "Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith"
once told Jane Hirshfield, a poet who'd been a nun at Tassajara
Zen Monastery, that they'd been assigned to write 3,000 words about
Buddhism. She smiled and said she could say it all in seven. When asked
to do it, she replied:
'It's all connected. Everything changes. Pay attention.'"
~ From Buddha-L list
DharmaG ~ Daily Dharma
voices of intolerance are all around us - the voice of
tolerance needs to be louder"
~ Ajahn Sumedho
Gill Eardley ~ Allspirit Inspiration
You didn't create your body,
nor are you able to control your body's functions.
An intelligence greater than the human mind is at work.
It is the same intelligence that sustains all of nature.
You cannot get any closer to that intelligence
than by becoming aware of your own energy field -
by feeling the aliveness,
the animating presence within the body.
~ Eckhart Tolle
Jani Roxburgh ~ The_Now2
You need not fear who you are.
A lack of labels or identities does not cause fear.
It is just the reverse - labels cause fear.
Every new label is a new shudder,
for it must now be anxiously protected against all that seems to oppose it,
all that bears a different label.
Since labels are suppressed below the level of awareness,
we deny their existence emphatically.
Even the loud denial could be a clue for us, but it is also rejected.
The only answer to who are you is total silence.
Secrets for Higher Success
Jani Roxburgh ~ The_Now2
photo by Sam Pasciencier
spite of your beliefs to the contrary, you are not
what you think, feel, say, do, have, want or fear.
You're actually the context or the space in which
all of those other things appear to show up in.
In short, you are "what is."
You are what creates you.
It's all happening both within and AS you.
So, instead of reacting out of your fear, you need
to learn how to respond out of your love.
Romantics are always looking for "The One."
But, everywhere you go, you're always (and only)
meeting "The One."
Every one is "The One."
~ Chuck Hillig
Along the Way
The Lord of Love is before and behind.
He extends to the right and to the left.
He extends above; he extends below.
There is no one here but the Lord of Love.
He alone is; in truth, he alone is.
~ Mundaka Upanishad
Excerpted from The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987
|A mind that gives an opinion about a fact is a narrow, limited, destructive mind. ...You can translate the fact in one way, and I can translate it in another way. The translation of the fact is a curse which prevents us from seeing the actual fact and doing something about the fact. When you and I discuss our opinions about the fact, nothing is done about the fact; you can add perhaps more to the fact, see more nuances, implications, significance about the fact, and I may see less significance in the facts. But the fact cannot be interpreted; I cannot offer an opinion about the fact. It is so, and it is very difficult for a mind to accept the fact. We are always translating, we are always giving different meanings to it, according to our prejudices, conditionings, hopes, fears and all the rest of it. If you and I could see the fact without offering an opinion, interpreting, giving a significance, then the fact becomes much more alive- not more alive- the fact is there alone, nothing else matters; then the fact has its own energy which drives you in the right direction.|
Viorica Weissman ~ MillionPaths
is a symptom of denial. The effort to block out one thing
creates pain in
New House, Old Cats
Its five oclock in the morning,
Five without a six.
Just woke up in a new and promising house,
Little coffee to get the engine running,
Spring is here,
&the walls need some painting.
Po and Hui-neng gave up their vagabonding life in
They hide playfully behind curtains we ordered a week ago and will arrive who knows when.
They sit in chairs yet to come,
They celebrate days and conversations soon to come.
Empty and freely entering future and past,
Men of perfection,
Wet bread crumbs in their beards.
Like the cats they walk without talking,
Aware of every crack,
This is the great perfection.
Love and regards,
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