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Nondual Highlights Issue #2255, Friday, September 9, 2005




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The very heart of the Dharma is the nonexistence of a self in
anything. The tree of samsara is rooted in the belief that there is a
self, in clinging to things as real, in ego-clinging; once this
clinging is consumed by the fire of wisdom, the whole tree and all
its
branches of delusion, luxuriant with the foliage of attachment,
anger,
and hatred, are bound to be burned up too.

- Dilgo Khyentse, from the book: The Heart Treasure of the
Enlightened Ones, published by Shambhala, posted to Daily Dharma





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Six Barriers to Enlightenment with Commentary


Believing that there is enlightenment.
Commentary: This is the source of a fool's errand!

Believing that one will never be enlightened.
Commentary: There is no need to take another step!

Believing that one will not be enlightened during this life.
Commentary: But at least one will die happy!

Believing that one must have one's enlightenment confirmed by
another.
Commentary: Awaiting the "all clear" signal!

Believing that one must have a `certain special' enlightenment
experience.
Commentary: Awaiting the event!

Believing that there is no enlightenment.
Commentary: "Gone! Gone! Beyond Gone! Perfectly Gone! Awake! Svaha!"

- from the Heart Sutra, posted to AdvaitaToZen



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When, in the first place, your mind has ceased to be under your
control, what is the point of speaking about the inconsistent nature
of others?

Padamalai, from The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi, posted to
MillionPaths



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Before you cross the threshold into dreamless
sleep, absolutely everything in the world that you
hold near and dear will have to be surrendered
and left behind.

You can only enter that empty kingdom with
empty hands, empty mind and an empty heart.

If you're coming with anything in your hands,
mind or heart, you're required to wait at the
threshold until you finally put it down.

Even the in waking world, surrendering fully to
how life really is also requires that, sometimes,
you sit quietly in the middle of your mess and
in the core of your chaos - and just wait.

Wait - with no expectations.

Wait - in your own emptiness.

- Chuck Hillig, posted to AlongTheWay



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The world is a sacred place
and a sacred process
and we're part of it

- Daniel Quinn


The real mystery
of life is
not a problem
to be solved

It is a reality
to be experienced

- J.J. Van der Leeuw, from Poetic Mysticism


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If ten lamps are present in one place,
each differs in form from another;
yet you can't distinguish whose radiance is whose
when you focus on the light.
In the field of spirit there is no division;
no individuals exist.
Sweet is the oneness of the Friend with His friends.
Catch hold of spirit.
Help this headstrong self disintegrate;
that beneath it you may discover unity,
like a buried treasure.

- Rumi, Mathnawi, I:678-683, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski,
Rumi: Daylight, posted to Sunlight

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