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Nondual Highlights Issue #2210 Sunday, July 24, 2005

A Zen student came to Bankei and complained: "Master, I have an ungovernable temper. How can I cure it?"

"You have something very strange," replied Bankei. "Let me see what you have."

"Just now I cannot show it to you," replied the student.

"When can you show it to me?" asked Bankei.

"It arises unexpectedly," replied the student.

"Then," concluded Bankei, "it must not be your true nature. If it were, you could show it to me at any time. When you were born you did not have it, and your parents did not give it to you. Think that over."

From Zen Flesh, Zen Bones posted to DailyDharma

There is nothing to gain. Abandon all imaginings and know yourself as you are. Self-knowledge is detachment. All craving is due to a sense of insufficiency. When you know that you lack nothing, that all there is, is you and yours, desire ceases.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

Tang-en asked Kyo zan, "At this very moment tell me what you are doing? "Ha! My mouth isn't that fast!" said Kyo zan.

How can we speak, or even contemplate the present before it turning to past?

- posted to AdvaitaToZen

Life is an Infinite Discovery of Emotions and Wisdom born from the Ocean of Cosmic Capriciousness.

It is impossible to escape Life... for we are Life.

We are Consciousness and at this Period we are experiencing but one of the Infinite Amounts of Experiences of our Infinite Life as a Consciousness.

Enjoy the Moment of Nowness for Infinite Life has no Destination.


- posted to CosmicCookies

Do not remain a man of intellect among the lovers,
especially if you love that sweet-faced Beloved.
May the men of intellect stay far from the lovers,
may the smell of dung stay far from the east wind!
If a man of intellect should enter, tell him the way
is blocked; but if a lover should come, extend him a
hundred welcomes!

By the time intellect has deliberated and reflected,
love has flown to the seventh heaven.
By the time intellect has found a camel for the
hajj, love has circled the Kaaba.

Love has come and covered my mouth: "Throw
away your poetry and come to the stars!"

- Rumi, Ghazal (Ode) 182, Translation by William C. Chittick,
The Sufi Path of Love - The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi, posted to Sunlight

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

- Mahatma Ghandi

Be open to all teachers And all teachings, And listen with your heart.

- Ram Dass

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