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#3775 - Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee

The Nonduality Highlights -      

And what is mind
And how is it recognized?
If I clearly draw
In sumi ink, the sound
Of breezes drifting through pine
Is all that is seen.

- Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481)

Let Experience In

The practice of compassion means letting experience in. A Japanese poet, a woman named Izumi who lived in the tenth century, wrote:   “Watching the moon at dawn, solitary, mid-sky, I knew myself completely. No part left out.”  

When we can open to all parts of ourselves and to others in the world, something quite extraordinary happens. We begin to connect with one another.

- Joseph Goldstein  

Suffering seems real because we don't have a clear understanding of our true nature. Instead, we believe the passing thoughts, such as 'I am no good, 'I am not there yet,' 'I am stuck' or whatever the thought may be. Eventually we understand that we are not those thoughts. Once our real self is pointed out, the suffering loses its grip.
- John Wheeler

It's not possible to have a problem without believing a prior thought. To notice this simple truth is the beginning of peace. - Byron Katie

150 Good Spiritual Quotes
posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle  

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.” - Lily Tomlin  

“Oh soul,you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”  - Rumi    

posted to Facebook by Mark Roske  


Red Shed 2010

"The Way is not something which can be studied. Study leads to the retention of concepts
and so the Way is entirely misunderstood. Moreover, the Way is not something specially
existing; it is called the Mahayana Mind - Mind which is not to be found inside, outside,
or in the middle. Truly it is not located anywhere. The first step is to refrain from
knowledge-based concepts. The Way is spiritual Truth and was originally without name
or title. It was only because people ignorantly sought for it empirically that the
Buddhas appeared and taught them to eradicate this method of approach. Fearing that
nobody would understand, they selected the name 'Way.' The Way of the Buddhas and
the Way of devils are equally wide of the mark."

- Huang Po with photos by Bob O'Hearn  


For the Sleepwalkers  

Tonight I want to say something wonderful
for the sleepwalkers who have so much faith
in their legs, so much faith in the invisible
arrow carved into the carpet, the worn path
that leads to the stairs instead of the window,
the gaping doorway instead of the seamless mirror.
I love the way that sleepwalkers are willing
to step out of their bodies into the night,
to raise their arms and welcome the darkness,

palming the blank spaces, touching everything.
Always they return home safely, like blind men
who know it is morning by feeling shadows.
And always they wake up as themselves again.
That's why I want to say something astonishing
like: Our hearts are leaving our bodies.

Our hearts are thirsty black handkerchiefs
flying through the trees at night, soaking up
the darkest beams of moonlight, the music

of owls, the motion of wind-torn branches.
And now our hearts are thick black fists
flying back to the glove of our chests.

We have to learn to trust our hearts like that.
We have to learn the desperate faith of sleep-
walkers who rise out of their calm beds

and walk through the skin of another life.
We have to drink the stupefying cup of darkness
and wake up to ourselves, nourished and surprised.

~ Edward Hirsch ~      

(For the Sleepwalkers)
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