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#2415 - Thursday, March 9, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee

 Mind is poised in the state of bare awareness, there is no directing the mind. One is not looking within for anything; one is not looking without for anything. One is simply letting the mind rest in its own natural state. The empty, clear and unimpeded nature of mind can be experienced if we can rest in an uncontrived state of bare awareness without distraction and without the spark of awareness being lost. The pure nature of mind calls to mind an image such as the sun or the moon, a luminous body.   

Kalu Rinpoche on Mahamudra    

posted by Jax to Way-of-Light      

photos by Alan Larus      

There's a story of three people who are watching a monk standing on top of a hill. After they watch him for a while, one of the three says, "He must be a shepherd looking for a sheep he's lost." The second person says, "No, he's not looking around. I think he must be waiting for a friend." And the third person says, "He's probably a monk. I'll bet he's meditating." They begin arguing over what this monk is doing, and eventually, to settle the squabble, they climb up the hill and approach him. "Are you looking for a sheep?" "No, I don't have any sheep to look for." "Oh, then you must be waiting for a friend." "No, I'm not waiting for anyone." "Well, then you must be meditating." "Well, no. I'm just standing here. I'm not doing anything at all." ...Seeing Buddha-nature requires that we... completely be each moment, so that whatever activity we are engaged in--whether we're looking for a lost sheep, or waiting for a friend, or meditating--we are standing right here, right now, doing nothing at all.   --Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen\

"(Bohm) suggests that what the cosmos is doing as we dialogue is to change its ideas of itself. Our doubts and our questions, our small truths and large ones are all forms of its drive toward clarity and truth. Through us, the universe questions itself and tries out various answers on itself in an effort parallel to our own - to decipher its own being. This as I reflect on it, is awesome. It assigns a role to man that was once reserved for the gods."

Renee Weber, Dialogue with Scientists and Sages: The Search for Unity, 1986.

photo by Alan Larus  

Look at the birds. Even flying
is born

out of nothing. The first sky
is inside you, Friend, open

at either end of day.
The work of wings

was always freedom, fastening
one heart to every falling thing.


--  Li-Young Lee 



The trees ahead and the bushes beside you are not lost

Wherever you are is called here,

And you must treat it as a powerful stranger.

You must ask permission to know it and be known.

Listen, the forest breathes, it whispers

I have made this place around you.

If you leave it, you may come back again saying HERE.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree or a branch does is lost on you,

Then you are truly lost.

STAND STILL. The forest knows where you are.

You must let it find you.

-- David Wagner, Who Shall Be the Sun

On the road

My friend, the traveler
We are here,
Hidden under various disguises,
As guards, guides and companions
Along your life's journey,
To give you assistance
To extend a helping hand
To provide succor.

We are
But a reflection of your virtues
Manifesting in time
Of necessity.
Placed by your forgotten
Selfless deeds
In the inexhaustible
Yours for the taking
When the need arises.

We are
The friend
Of friends
Whose face is always hidden
Yet ever revealed
In the silent smile
Of your heart,
In the caress of the wind,
In the soothing coolness of spring water.

And the secret is
Forgetting yourself
You too
Are one

in love
  posted to Allspirit


The Zenlike Stammering of St. John of the Cross


Nine verses made upon an ecstasy of high contemplation

by St John of the Cross 1542-1591

I entered into unknowing,

and there I remained unknowing

transcending all knowledge. I entered into unknowing,

yet when I saw myself there,

without knowing where I was,

I understood great things;

I will not say what I felt

for I remained in unknowing

transcending all knowledge. That perfect knowledge

was of peace and holiness

held at no remove

in profound solitude;

it was something so secret

that I was left stammering,

transcending all knowledge. I was so 'whelmed,

so absorbed and withdrawn,

that my senses were left

deprived of all their sensing,

and my spirit was given

an understanding while not understanding,

transcending all knowledge. He who truly arrives there

cuts free from himself;

all that he knew before

now seems worthless,

and his knowledge so soars

that he is left in unknowing

transcending all knowledge. The higher he ascends

the less he understands,

because the cloud is dark

which lit up the night;

whoever knows this

remains always in unknowing

transcending all knowledge. This knowledge in unknowing

is so overwhelming

that wise men disputing

can never overthrow it,

for their knowledge does not reach

to the understanding of not understanding,

transcending all knowledge. And this supreme knowledge

is so exalted

that no power of man or learning

can grasp it;

he who masters himself

will, with knowledge in unknowing, always be

transcending. And if you should want to hear:

this highest knowledge lies

in the loftiest sense

of the essence of God;

this is a work of his mercy,

to leave one without understanding,

transcending all knowledge.


translation: anonymous, Teresian Carmel 

posted by Ben Hassine to Awakened Awareness

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