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#2276 - Sunday, October 2, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee  

      "They make their loving clearer and clearer.
No wantings, no anger. In that purity
they receive and reflect the images
of every moment,
from here,
from the stars,
from the void.

They take them in
as though they were seeing
with the Lighted Clarity
that sees them."

~ Rumi, Mathnawi
by Coleman Barks, in: Delicious Laughter   from unsaymyself  

  Praise for In Buddha's Kitchen:

"The sweet potato queens meet Pema Chödrön in this book about 'enlightenment having'—as a Tibetan teacher might phrase it—in the kitchen of a California Tibetan Buddhist retreat center. In this book, the Buddhist dharma (teaching) comes from the stove instead of the meditation cushion, making it concrete, engaging and generally highly entertaining. Snow has a gift for applying Tibetan Buddhist teaching, which can seem foreign or esoteric, to real life with its quirky demands and characters. This is a small jewel, and it's altogether refreshing to read a Buddhist book with a sense of humor."
—Publishers Weekly

"Snow cooks up a sumptuous meal, rich with laughter and wisdom. Five-star cuisine for pilgrims in search of enlightenment!"—Philip Zaleski, editor of the Best Spiritual Writing series

In Buddha's Kitchen Cooking, Being Cooked, and Other Adventures in a Meditation Center By Kimberley Snow   Description of In Buddha's Kitchen:

"Kimberley Snow offers an outrageously funny and honest account of her adventures as head cook at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center. With her earthy sensibility and sharp sense of humor, the author shows this world in a light devoid of preciousness—while expressing with heart the integrity of the spiritual work being undertaken. We come away from our visit to this exotic realm having found it both extraordinary and surprisingly familiar. The neuroses, obsessions, and petty concerns exposed by Snow—both in herself and her fellow staff members—prove to be grist for the mill for discovering the grace inherent in life just as it is."


As I Am,


  Words of Wisdom by
Ch’an Master Sheng Yen

Buddhadharma does not negate the world and phenomena, nor does it teach people to escape from the world.
It teaches people to liberate themselves by affirming the world and at the same time not attaching to it.
posted By Ben Hassine to Million Paths  

  In the ocean of being
There is only one.

There was and there will be
Only one.

You are already fulfilled.
How can you be bound or free?

Wherever you go,
Be happy.

- Ashtavakra Gita 15:18
From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990    

  "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds."

- Bob Marley (1945 - 1981), Jamaican reggae musician, 'Redemption' (song) on the album "Uprising" (Bob Marley and the Wailers), 1980.
  from Alpha World  

  When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.
- Anais Nin


  "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would
suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

- Mohandas Gandhi


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Poem: "This Shining Moment in the Now" by David Budbill, from While We've Still Got Feet © Copper Canyon Press. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

This Shining Moment in the Now

When I work outdoors all day, every day, as I do now, in the fall,
getting ready for winter, tearing up the garden, digging potatoes,
gathering the squash, cutting firewood, making kindling, repairing
bridges over the brook, clearing trails in the woods, doing the last of
the fall mowing, pruning apple trees, taking down the screens,
putting up the storm windows, banking the house—all these things,
as preparation for the coming cold...

when I am every day all day all body and no mind, when I am
physically, wholly and completely, in this world with the birds,
the deer, the sky, the wind, the trees...

when day after day I think of nothing but what the next chore is,
when I go from clearing woods roads, to sharpening a chain saw,
to changing the oil in a mower, to stacking wood, when I am
all body and no mind...

when I am only here and now and nowhere else—then, and only
then, do I see the crippling power of mind, the curse of thought,
and I pause and wonder why I so seldom find
this shining moment in the now.  

In the garden I sat with a little glass of red wine.
Little Livia smiled and there was a rainbow.
It’s autumn.
Between the golden rays of sunlight you are quiet.
You befriend the passing clouds and notice how easy it is to say farewell.
You also notice the unchanging mountain of reality and salute.
Saluting you forget yourself.
Another year passed by.
Another cloud.
Another rainbow.
~ Ben Hassine

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