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#2529 - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee  

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.
Helen Keller
   


    There is only one teacher. What is that teacher? Life itself. And of course each one of us is a manifestation of life; we couldn't be anything else. Now life happens to be both a severe and an endlessly kind teacher. It's the only authority that you need to trust. And this teacher, this authority, is everywhere. You don't have to go to some special place to find this incomparable teacher, you don't have to have some especially quiet or ideal situation: in fact, the messier it is, the better. The average office is a great place. The average home is perfect. Such places are pretty messy most of the time--we all know from firsthand experience! That is where the authority, the teacher is.


--Charlotte Joko Beck, in Everyday Zen

 


  The present moment is the most profound and challenging teacher we will ever meet in our lives. It is a compassionate teacher, it extends to us no judgement, no censure, no measurement of success and failure. The present moment is a mirror, in its reflection we learn how to see. Learning how to look into this mirror without deluding ourselves is the source of all wisdom. In this mirror we see what contributes to the confusion and discord in our lives and what contributes to harmony and understanding. We see the realtionship between pain and its cause on a moment-to-moment level, we see the bond between love and its source. We see what it is that connects us and what it is that alienates us.


-- Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield, Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart

 


    If you could get rid
of yourself just once,
The secret of secrets
Would open to you.
The face of the unknown,
Hidden beyond the universe
Would appear on the
Mirror of your perception.

 
~Rumi  

Gill Eardley on Allspirit  


  The Good News    

They don't publish
the good news.
The good news is published
by us.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
and the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh Winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow
and preoccupation
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

— Thich Nhat Hanh


Bob on Nonduality Salon
 



   
Sweet Darkness  

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
 

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.
 

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
 

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
 

The dark will be your womb
tonight.
 

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
 

You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.
 

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
 

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
 

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
 

is too small for you.  

~ David Whyte ~    

(House of Belonging)


 

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In the light all the sight  

in the sight all the light  

in the guru all the light  

in the Mother all the Son  

in the Son all the Mother  

in the Darkness only the Womb  

from the Womb all the light  

Son and Mother its Father and Daughter all radiance of Rigpa  

Rigpa the Radiance of Itself  

before Rigpa not even That  

the Suchness of Thatness the Nothingness of Somethingness  

Gate Gate Paragate Bodhi Svaha  

--Marifa

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