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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.
14th Century North Indian mystic
From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
posted to Along the Way
photo by Alan Larus http://www.ferryfee.com/bluesky/islands/16.htm
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 http://www.ferryfee.com/bluesky/islands/IMG_2171-01.jpg
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
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."
From the website, http://www.plumvillage.org/index.htm
posted to Daily Dharma
One day I
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
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 drink together again
from the deep well of things as they are.
~ David Whyte ~
( Where Many
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