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#2541 - Monday, July 31 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee  

I have not really known myself,
            or anyone else.

            I've tried to do good, and not
            just what my appetities wanted,
            but that was all infatuation
            with this precious, isolated, body.

            That you and I were constantly joining,
            I didn't know.  I didn't know
            that even to ask "What are You?"
            or "Who am I" breaks the harmony.

                                 - Lalla
                                  14th Century North Indian mystic
From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks

posted to Along the Way

  photo by Alan Larus    

In Mahayana Buddhism in particular great emphasis is laid on realizing the union of wisdom and compassionate action. Human fulfillment is seen to lie in the integration of the inner and outer dimensions of life, not in transcendent wisdom or world-saving compassion alone. As long as we remain delusively convinced of our egoic separation, then we remain cut off from the capacity to empathize fully with others. Such empathy is nothing other than the affective response to insight into the absence of egoic separation. For when the fiction of isolated selfhood is exposed, instead of a gaping mystical void we discover that our individual existence is rooted in relationship with the rest of life. For Thich Nhat Hanh, this is the realization of "interbeing"; for the Dalai Lama that of "universal responsibility": two ideas at the heart of contemporary Engaged Buddhism.

-- Stephen Batchelor, The Awakening of the West

  photo by Alan Larus    

  The mind is not just 'oneness' or a singular entity because it manifests in manifold ways. It is not a plurality or many things, either, because these numerous manifestations all have one essence. No one can describe its nature saying, "It is exactly like this!" It is indescribable, unutterable, inconceivable, nonarising, unceasing, and nondwelling, like the essence of space. Mind nature is discovered within the experience of awareness and is cognized individually.

-- Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, "Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen"
From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt.      

  photo by Alan Larus

The Second of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings:
"Aware of suffering created by attachment to views and wrong
perceptions, I am determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to
present views.  I will learn and practice non-attachment from views in
order to be open to others' insights and experiences.  I am aware that
the knowledge I presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth. 
Truth is found in life and I will observe life within and around me in
every moment, ready to learn throughout my life."
~~Plum Village

From the website,

posted to Daily Dharma


One Day  

One day I will
the gift I once had has been taken.

The place I have made for myself
belongs to another.
The words I have sung
are being sung by the ones
I would want.

Then I will be ready
for that voice
and the still silence in which it arrives.

And if my faith is good
then we'll meet again
on the road
and we'll be thirsty,
and stop
and laugh
and drink together again

from the deep well of things as they are.  

~ David Whyte ~      

( Where Many Rivers Meet)

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