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#2211 - Monday, July 25, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee  

If you ain't where you are, you're no place. - Col. Sherman Potter on Mash      


    In the beginning, meditative awareness is like a small flame, which can easily be extinguished and needs to be protected and nurtured. Later, it is more like a huge bonfire, which consumes whatever falls into it....Then the more thoughts that arise, the more awareness blazes up, like adding logs to a bonfire! Emaho! Everything is food for naked enlightened awareness!   

 - Dzogchen Master Jigme Lingpa

posted by Ben Hassine

 


  At the heart of Buddhist meditation are concentration and inquiry. When you cultivate these two qualities in meditation, you develop your ability to be quiet and clear, to offer understanding and love.

-Martine Bachelor, "Meditation for Life"
Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from "Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations," edited by Josh Bartok  


 

Beau: Golden Retrievals by Mark Doty

Beau: Golden Retrievals

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don't think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who's—oh
joy—actually scared. Sniff the wind, then

I'm off again, muck, pond, ditch, residue
of any thrillingly dead thing. And you?
Either you're sunk in the past, half our walk,
thinking of what you never can bring back,

or else you're off in some fog concerning
—tomorrow, is that what you call it? My work:
to unsnare time's warp (and woof), retrieving,
my haze-headed friend, you. This shining bark,

a Zen master's bronzy gong, calls you here,
entirely, now: bow-wow, bow-wow, bow-wow.

~ Mark Doty

posted by Mazie Lane


    

       Do what you feel like doing.  Don't bully
       yourself.  Violence will make you hard
       and rigid.  Do not fight with what you
       take to be obstacles on your way.  Just
       be interested in them, watch them,
       observe, enquire.  Let anything happen -
       good or bad.  But don't let yourself be
       submerged by what happens.

                         - Nisargadatta Maharaj

posted to AlongtheWay


"We already have everything we need. There is no need
for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on
ourselves--the heavy-duty fearing that
we're bad and hoping that we're good, the identities
that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and
the addictions of all kinds--never touch our
basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily
block the sun. But all the time our warmth and
brilliance are right here. This is who we really
are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully
awake."

~Pema Chodron

posted by Amrita to Daily Dharma


  Listening  

”Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”

Robert Fulghum
   

”There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they are going to say themselves.”

Albert Guinon


”Silence is a potent carrier of presence, so when you read this, be aware of the silence between and underneath the words.  Be aware of the gaps. To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present.”
 
Eckhart Tolle

posted to AlphaWorld
 




Hidden in the Hearts of All

 
As butter lies hidden within milk,
The Self is hidden in the hearts of all.
Churn the mind through meditation on it;
Light your fire through meditation on it:
The Self, all whole, all peace, all certitude.
                                     
                                                                     

Amritabindu Upanishad    

posted to Beliefnet Hindu Wisdom    


When you celebrate everything you are free.
When you enjoy the ride just for the experience
you are on the right track.
Sadness is hard to celebrate, you lack equanimity.
Your happiness lacks depth, it needs more awareness.
Your love tends towards possession,
it needs more trust, space and freedom.
You find it hard to trust; let go, the Beloved waits.
You are rarely ever total; melt in the fire of Now.
You are a future Buddha, you are a flower of love.
You are divine and beautiful, you are in God in love.

~M.I


posted by Sampava to ConsciousOneness    


 
Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, XXII  

We set the pace.
But this press of time --
take it as a little thing
next to what endures.
 

All this hurrying
soon will be over.
Only when we tarry
do we touch the holy.
 

Young ones, don't waste your courage
racing so fast,
flying so high.
 

See how all things are at rest --
darkness and morning light,
blossom and book.
 

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~  

(In Praise of Mortality, translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)


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