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#3433 - Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee

The Nonduality Highlights

Zen Mind

The mind of people of the Way is straight as a bowstring. Simply
because they are not burdened by ideas of others and themselves,
of right and wrong, of sacred and profane, of better and worse, or
by deception, falsehood, flattery, or deviousness, they spontaneously
gain access to the substance of mind that dwells on nothing.

Fundamentally this is not another, not oneself, not ordinary, not
holy, not mind, not Buddha, not a thing, not Zen, not Tao, not a
mystery,not a marvel.

It is only because of a moment of subjectivity in discrimination,
grasping and rejecting, that so many horns are suddenly produced on
your head and you are turned about by those myriad objects all the
time, unable to be free and independent.

Zen Master Yuansou
'Zen Essence' Translated and Edited by Thomas Cleary


  You are what all happenings happen in.
What happens must happen so remain
unaffected as peace.  Be peaceful and
this peace will spread.  What rises from
peace is peace and what rises from
confusion is confusion.  So be peace and
give this to the universe, it is all you
should do.  Even thinking "I am peace"
disturbs this peace, so just be quiet,
be as you are.

                     - Papaji
posted to Along The Way    

comment: Of course, like anything, people can 'fake' within themselves, a
feeling of peace ... until something happens that manages to pull them
out of their fixed STATE. But if the peace comes from continual
present moment awareness, this cannot happen. Continual present moment awareness IS peace ... it is not an artificial state.

- Roy Whenary  

  Wonderful Niz ....

"True happiness is uncaused and this cannot disappear for lack of stimulation. It is not the opposite of sorrow, it includes all sorrow and suffering..... Pleasure depends on things, happiness does not."

From 'I Am That',  p.486
posted by Mazie Lane  

True Compassion

What is the experience of true compassion? While recognizing mind essence, there’s some sense of being wide awake and free. At the same time, there’s some tenderness that arises without any cause or condition. There is a deep-felt sense of being tender. Not sad in a depressed way, but tender, and somewhat delighted at the same time. There’s a mixture. There’s no sadness for oneself. Nor is there sadness for anyone in particular either. It’s like being saturated with juice, just like an apple is full of juice.

-Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “Dissolving the Confusion,” Spring 1999 Tricycle

 "Enlightenment is the easiest way in the world to live. What's hard, grim, grisly, depressing, miserable, and oppressive is ego. And when we're identified with that little illusion of a separate self, we don't realize that the whole universe is behind us. That little ego is, in fact, an illusion, and everything that is true and authentic—all of the love, the awareness, the gratitude, the expansiveness, the generosity, the kindness—that's who we are. That spirit is who we are and it's calling us home."

~Cheri Huber
From her web site:

posted to Daily Dharma  


The universe does not
revolve around you.
The stars and planets spinning
through the ballroom of space
dance with one another
quite outside of your small life.
You cannot hold gravity
or seasons; even air and water
inevitably evade your grasp.
Why not, then, let go?

You could move through time
like a shark through water,
neither restless or ceasing,
absorbed in and absorbing
the native element.
Why pretend you can do otherwise?
The world comes in at every pore,
mixes in your blood before
breath releases you into
the world again.  Did you think
the fragile boundary of your skin
could build a wall?

Listen.  Every molecule is humming
its particular pitch.
Of course you are a symphony.
Whose tune do you think
the planets are singing
as they dance?

~ Lynn Ungar ~

(Blessing the Bread)
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