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Issue #2385 - Monday, February 6, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee  

            As regards the quietude of the sage, he is not
        quiet because quietness is said to be good.  He
        is quiet because the multitude of things cannot
        disturb his quietude.  When water is still, one's
        beard and eyebrows are reflected in it.  A skilled
        carpenter uses it in a level to obtain measurement.
        If still water is so clear, how much more are the
        mental faculties!  The mind of a sage is the mirror
        of heaven and earth in which all things are reflected.

                               - Chuang-Tzu

posted to Along the Way  


photo by Alan Larus  


Tricycle's Daily Dharma: February 5, 2006

Most people think of enlightenment as a kind of magical attainment, a state of being close to perfection. At this level, one can perform amazing feats, see past and future lives of others, and tune in to the inner workings of the universe. This may be possible for a number of special beings, but for most of us enlightenment is much more in line with what Suzuki Roshi describes. It means having a quality of "beginningness," a fresh, simple, unsophisticated view of things. To have "beginner's mind" in how we approach things is a major teaching. In many ways, the process of enlightenment is clearing away the thoughts, beliefs, and ideas that cloud our ability to see things as they really are in their pristine form. --David A. Cooper, Silence, Simplicity and Solitude

  Human Experience  

It's starting to feel less urgent that I sit down and do this writing, somehow.
After all..what do I really have to say that's new?  What do I have to express
about the human experience that hasn't been said?  Still, I suppose in a
certain manner of speaking, this is my experience...and it's good for me to
examine it.  Maybe it's not going anywhere...maybe there are no profound
conclusions.  Maybe I find I am in the flow of life...somehow ancient...
and timeless...that has been going on forever...and never...and only now.
How does one prove a history?  Any history?  And yet so often our lives
seem to be shaped by that.  Stories.  Eloquent...sad...brutal...beautiful...
triumphant...joyous...miserable...sweetly woven...simple...grand...bitter...
hopeful...stories.  Sometimes I think it's worth the living just to see what
happens next.  I am certainly connected to it all in that way.  There's not a
pain or an exquisite gratitude I could know that has not been known before.
The only difference is the story behind it.  The stories bring us all to the
same place...the core of the human experience.  We meet there.  All kinds
of different conclusions are drawn about it...nevertheless, we are ultimately,
inextricably connected by it.  My brother, my sister, knows my burden;  in a
different way, perhaps, but he...or she...does know it.  Why else are we
sometimes saddened by the ugliness we find we can perpetrate in the world?
Why else do we find ourselves trying to be "better persons"?  I know how it
feels when I am not.  I know what that creates.  I also know very well that it
is not possible for me to avoid ever creating it.  Pain is probably created on a
daily basis somehow...somewhere...from here...from me; try as I might to
prevent it.  Powerless as I seem to be over that, I must be humbled.  I must
give myself up to what I do now know.  I find myself continuously face to face
with having to forgive Life for being what it is...and having to forgive myself
for being what I am; my lack of lack of self
control.  Again and again I find I must hold it in my heart, and bow my head,
and bless it.  Life must be what it is.  I must be what I am.  Small steps.
Small, conscious steps.  Change does happen.  Every step I take toward
peace within myself...and peace with myself...the world must necessarily
follow me; because where is the world, if not right here?

posted by Aly to nondualnow  

    "[...] where I come from when I promote or mention teachers.
Who cares if they're fully realized sages, whatever that means.
If they make us aware of something worth knowing about, that's
an enormous contribution. Also, I have no problem with anyone
criticizing someone I promote, but it should be done intelligently
rather than with throwaway lines, as such criticism could also
be an enormous contribution."

    "Our difficulty with this simple progression," he said, "is that most
of us are unwilling to accept that we need so little to get on with.
We are geared to expect instruction, teaching, guides, masters.  And
when we are told that we need no one, we don't believe it.  We become
nervous, then distrustful, and finally angry and disappointed.  If we
need help, it is not in methods, but in emphasis.

If someone makes us aware that we need to curtail our self-
importance, that help is real."

The Requirements of Intent
Carlos Castaneda
  posted to many lists  


Change Your Attitude, but Remain Natural

  In order to have compassionate relationships, compassionate communication, and compassionate social action, there has to be a fundamental change in attitude. The notion "I am the helper and you are the one who needs help" might work in a temporary way, but fundamentally nothing changes because there's still one who has it and one who doesn't. That dualistic notion is not really speaking to the heart.

We could begin to get the hang of changing our attitude on an everyday level; when things are delightful and wonderful we give our pleasure away on the outbreath, sharing it for others.

When we work with pain by leaning into it and with pleasure by giving it away, it doesn't mean that we "Grin and bear it." This approach is a lot more playful than that - like dancing with it. We realize that this separateness we feel is a funny kind of mistake. We see that things were not dualistic from the start...

From Start Where You Are : A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron, Copyright 1994, Shambhala Publications.


photo by Alan Larus  


is whatever comes along,
practice always here while we  

keep on shore, all the time
saying we want to get wet.  

But the river has ways
of sound and light, ripples  

and waves that tell us:
don't be so serious, rumble in  

where nothing is finished or broken
and nothing asks to be fixed.  

~ Jeanne Lohmann ~
  (The Light of Invisible Bodies)

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