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#2628 - Sunday, October 29, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee
only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
Look into the
sphere of birthless mind!
Let dawn the enjoyment of ceaseless play!
When free of hope and fear--that's the result.
Why speak of birth and death?
Come to the natural, unmodified state!
--Drinking the Mountain
Songs of Tibet's Beloved Saint, Milarepa
wide-awake man wanders unnecessarily in a real desert. He
walks out. But people do not see that they unnecessarily waste
themselves by remaining in a mental wilderness. They fail to
understand their rightful refreshment found in a mental palace.
They mistakenly take esoteric parables as pleasant little les-
sons, but do not see them as life-liberating truths. We must
It is a
great turning point in our spiritual lives when we go from
intellectual appreciation of a path to the heartfelt confidence that
says, "Yes, it is possible to awaken. I can, too." A tremendous joy
accompanies this confidence. When we place our hearts upon the
practice, the teachings come alive. That turning point, which
transforms an abstract concept of a spiritual path into our own personal path, is faith.
Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Spring 1995
"constant state of awe"
So, darlin's, ever wonder
what "it" would be like? To make it to
wherever we seem to be striving to go? to be? Below is a verse near
the end of an unbelievably beautiful description of Dzogchen, The
Great Perfection, AtiYoga Tantra, the highest teaching in Tibetan
Buddhism, from "Old Man Basking in the Sun," by Longchenpa,
translated by Keith Dowman from his home in Nepal, and published
there. The whole book blows one's mind away. And you are left with...
your own natural awesome perfection. Highly recommended. ,^)) Hey!
dear ones, have a pellucid day! love to all, dharma grandmother
"Resting free and
easy in the nature of mind, planning nothing,
analyzing nothing, surrendering to pristine reality, no intellect
remaining, bare gnostic pure being superseding causality and moral
discriminating, here is pellucid natural clarity, brilliant shining
emptiness, timeless uniform luminosity.
unadulterated space is uniform in its natural flow,
immaculate in its natural transparency, at ease in its natural freedom,
pellucid in its natural purity, realized in its natural dispositon, and the
doors of the senses are held wide open in a constant state of awe.
In this vast matrix of
open space, the mind's hold on linear
progression, the past, present and future, is irrevocably broken and
in equilibrium we rest in naked, unthinking, indeterminate clarity."
"There is freedom
from desire and sorrow at the end of the way. The
awakened one is free from all fetters and goes beyond life and death.
Like a swan that rises from the lake, with her thoughts at peace, she
moves onward, never looking back. The one who understands the
unreality of all things, and who has laid up no store, that one's track
is unseen, as of birds in the air. Like a bird in the air, she takes an
invisible course, wanting nothing, storing nothing, knowing the
emptiness of all things."
Alan Larus photo http://www.ferryfee.com/bluesky/shores/37.htm
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