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 #2792 - Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee    

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Shambala Dharma Teachers  

Both audio and video presentations are available. Ben Hassine posted to AwakenedAwareness  


The way to You

By Hakim Sanai
(1044? - 1150?)

English version by Priya Hemenway


The way to You
lies clearly in my heart
and cannot be seen or known to the mind.
As my words turn to silence,
Your sweetness surrounds me.


Poetry Chaikhana Home

  "We buy a home for our children, for our bodies;
we get a garage for our car; we have dog houses
for our dogs; but we won't give the mind a home.
And we treat it like an outcast. We shame it and
blame it and shame it again. But if you let the mind
ask its questions, then the heart will rise with the
answer. And "rising" is just a metaphor. The heart
will reveal the answer, and the mind can finally
rest at home in the heart and come to see that it
and the heart are one. That's what these four
questions are about"

--Byron Katie   posted to The_Now2

    What is at the center of your mandala?
  "A very long time ago, I heard a teaching by a
Tibetan teacher. He asked, `What is at the center
of your mandala, the center of your personal
mandala?' This teacher used this mandala image
for everyday life, saying that whatever is at the
center of your life mandala will decide how your
whole life goes:

'If career is at the center of your mandala, then
everything you do is going to be influenced by your
wanting to get ahead with your career. If family life
is at the center of your mandala, then everything
you do is going to revolve around that - the way
you spend your energy, your actions, and your
words, everything. Somehow that will be the focus
of your life, or the most important thing.'

For a dharma practitioner, your desire to attain
enlightenment is at the center of the mandala. So
your family life becomes the path to enlightenment,
your career becomes the path to enlightenment,
your schooling becomes the path to attaining
enlightenment. These things are not in
contradiction because we get up in the morning,
we live our day, and go to sleep at night. The
question is, is that day a path to enlightenment or
is it just a regular samsaric day? If you are clear
about what your intention or commitment is, it's
like watering positive karmic seeds."

--Pema Chodron   From "Buddhadharma" magazine, Spring 2007 posted to Daily Dharma  

Alan Larus photo  

"The clear bead at the center
changes everything.  There are

no edges to my loving now.
You've heard it said there's

A window that opens from one
mind to another, but if there's

No wall, there's no need for
fitting the window, or a latch."


Rumi echo's yesterdays quote - "What's at the center of your Mandala?"
The clear bead at the center of our lives makes all the difference.

From the book: "The Soul of Rumi"
posted to Daily Dharma


Liviu Librescu, 76, was a Holocaust survivor who, his son said, will be remembered as a hero. He "blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu told the AP. "Students started opening windows and jumping out." The elder Librescu, a professor at Virginia Tech, was recognized internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering, the head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech told the AP. He was born and received his advanced degrees in Romania. That day he gave his life to save others was Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    To my granddaughters who visited the Holocaust
Museum on the day of the burial of Yitzhak Rabin

Now you know the worst
we humans have to know
about ourselves, and I am sorry,

for I know that you will be afraid.
To those of our bodies given
without pity to be burned, I know

there is no answer
but loving one another,
even our enemies, and this is hard.

But remember:
when a man of war becomes a man of peace,
he give a light, divine
  though it is also human.
When a man of peace is killed
by a man of war, he gives a light.

You do not have to walk in darkness.
If you will have the courage for love,
you may walk in light.  It will be

the light of those who have suffered
for peace.  It will be
your light.

~ Wendell Berry ~
  (A Timbered Choir)
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