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#3460 - Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee
The Nonduality Highlights -       

The eyes are our most sensitive organ, and when
you look and look and look into another person's
eyes you are looking at the most beautiful jewels
in the universe. And if you look down beyond that
surface beauty, it's the most beautiful jewel in the
universe, because that's the universe looking at you.
We are the eyes of the cosmos. So that in a way,
when you look deeply into somebody's eyes, you are
looking deeply into yourself, and the other person is
looking deeply into the same self, which many-eyed,
as the mask of Vishnu is many-faced, is looking out
everywhere, one energy playing myriads of different
                                   - Alan Watts
posted to Along The Way

"That which transcends both the self and the other,
that's what my teaching is about.  Let me prove this
to you:  While everyone is turned this way to hear me,
out back there may be sparrows chirping, human voices
calling, or the sighing of the wind.  But, without your
consciously trying to hear them, each of those sounds
comes to you clearly recognized and distinguished.

It's not you doing the hearing, so it's not a matter of
the self.  But since no one else does your hearing for you,
you couldn't call it the other!  When you listen this way
with the Unborn  Buddha-mind -- you transcend whatever
there is."

- Bankei



Zen and the Art of Archery

In the case of archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but are one reality.... Zen is the "everyday mind," as was proclaimed by Baso (Ma-tsu, died 788); this "everyday mind" is no more than "sleeping when tired, eating when hungry." As soon as we reflect, deliberate, and conceptualize, the original unconsciousness is lost and a thought interferes. We no longer eat while eating, we no longer sleep while sleeping. The arrow is off the string but does not fly straight to the target, nor does the target stand where it is. Calculation which is miscalculation sets in.

--D.T. Suzuki, in Eugen Herrigel's Zen and the Art of Archery



A Message from Space  

Everything that happens is the message:
you read an event and be one and wait,
like breasting a wave, all the while knowing
by living, though not knowing how to live.

Or workers built an antenna -- a dish
aimed at stars -- and they themselves are its message,
crawling in and out, being worlds that loom,
dot-dash, and sirens, and sustaining beams.

And sometimes no one is calling but we turn up
eye and ear -- suddenly we fall into
sound before it begins, the breathing
so still it waits there under the breath --

And then the green of leaves calls out, hills
where they wait or turn, clouds in their frenzied
stillness unfolding their careful words:
"Everything counts. 

The message is the world."   ~ William Stafford ~
  (The Way It Is)    

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