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#2796 - Sunday, April 22,
2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee
"Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house."
--Izumi Shikibu (Japan, 974?-1034?)
"The moon in Japanese poetry is always the moon;
often it is also the image of Buddhist awakening.
This poem reminds that if a house is walled so
tightly that it lets in no wind or rain, if a life is
walled so tightly that it lets in no pain, grief, anger,
or longing, it will also be closed to the entrance of
what is most wanted."
From the Book, "Nine Gates," published by Harper Perennial
posted to Daily Dharma
crucial to know when it is appropriate
to withdraw our attention from things that
disturb our mind. However, if the only way
we know how to deal with certain objects
is to avoid them, there will be a severe
limit as to how far our spiritual practice
can take us.
"'The Dharma in which
nothing can be obtained'
means that it is not possible to possess anything.
We can not step outside to take hold of it. We
already contain everything. To possess something,
to obtain something, means to separate oneself
from something. From the point of view of
realization, everything is unobtainable, including the
Buddha Way. That is why we chant in the Four
Great Bodhisattva Vows, `The Buddha Way is
unattainable. I vow to attain it.' We already are
the Buddha Way. All of our machinations, grabbing,
controlling, and dominating; all of our squabbling
and struggling to get, to hoard, to take, is an
upside-down way of understanding the nature of
the universe and the nature of the self. Be giving.
Do not steal."
--John Daido Loori From the book; "The Heart of Being," published by Tuttle.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/000712032X/angelinc posted to Daily Dharma
The greatest art in
spiritual life is finding balance.
The entire teachings of the Buddha are summed up
in his encouragement to find and travel the middle
path. To seek neither the extremes of
mortification and aversion for life, nor the
extreme of indulgence, losing ourselves in
pleasure-seeking. The balance between these two
is the path of awakening and freedom. The path of
balance is to be with what is true in life and to love
that, to be committed to the truth on every level
of our being.
--Christina Feldman and
Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart
For My Father
photo by Bob O'Hearn
Rather than posting a lot of links, I thought to share the latest
works this way, since there's been so many new shots, now that the
garden is coming back to life from winter slumbers --
there's been a lot of work recently on this gallery especially:
It's been split into two sub-galleries, Stories (which are series),
and Words. In Words in particular, there are a number of new entries
throughout, especially on the first and last of the five current
Many of the other sub-albums have also gotten new additions, and the
newest can usually be found at the end or bottom of the albums. To
view recent works, go to:
They link the sub-albums where new pics were added (by date).
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