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#3829 - Monday, March 8, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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I LEFT MY STORY IN A BARN so someone else could keep milking it. I left my story in the fitting room; it didn’t fit me anymore. I left my story at the hospital because it wouldn’t stop bleeding. I left my story at the rest stop; it needed a rest. I left my story at the body shop because it always wanted a different one. I left my story with some cash so it could never say, “Poor me.” I left my story without saying where I was going because I didn’t want it to follow me; it never even noticed I was gone.  

Sy Safransky's Notebook, The Sun Magazine, March 2010 | issue 411  

  “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

- Dr. Seuss  

by Mark Roske on Facebook  

The most beautiful paintings and sculptures, the greatest poetry, have not always been born from torment or bitterness. Often they have sprung from contemplation, from joy, from an instinct or wonder toward all things. To create from joy, to create from wonder, demands a continual discipline, a great compassion. . . . With time and sincerity, you will discover a way to work and write that does not harm you spiritually, that does not tempt you to vanity, that is the deepest expression of your spirituality. You will find a voice that is not your voice only, but the voice of Reality itself. . . . If you can be empty enough, that voice can speak through you. If you can be humble enough, that voice can inhabit you and use you.

Thuksey Rinpoche


Alan Larus  photo  

  "Our task must be to free ourselves . . .by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and  the whole of nature and its beauty."  

- Alfred Einstein   


"Suffering is not enough.

Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many
wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby.

To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of
life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.

If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and
happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the
same roof.

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and
blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire
society, will benefit from our peace."

                   Thich Nhat Hanh

From the book, "Being Peace," published by Parallax Press.
posted to Daily Dharma  

  He who has found authentic peace within himself is in a position to assist
others who are still seekers, but he who has not yet transcended mere
theories and erudite studies about peace can only give them some more
thoughts to add to the burden they already carry.
  - Paul Brunton, Notebooks posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle  

Transferring Merit

When a candle is lit in a dark room, it illuminates the room to some extent, but its power is limited. But if you use the same candle to light another candle, the total brightness increases. If you continue to do this, you can fill the room with brilliant illumination. The idea of transferring merit to others is like this. If we keep our own light selfishly hidden, it will only provide a limited amount of illumination. But when we share our light with others, we do not diminish our own light. Rather, we increase the amount of light available to all. Therefore, when others light our candle, we issue forth light. When out of gratitude we use our candle to light other people’s candles, the whole room gets brighter. This is why we transfer merit to others. This kind of light is continuous and inexhaustible.

  - Master Sheng Yen from "Rich Generosity"  

  Who’s Driving the Dreambus?  

In Who’s Driving the Dreambus? film makers Boris and Claire Jšnsch go on a personal journey through a series of interviews with eminent spiritual teachers, philosophers and writers - in a quest to unravel what it means to be alive. This radical and challenging documentary ventures into the heart of the mystery of identity, flipping the idea of spiritual endeavour on its head, revealing a message so profound and yet so simple that it might just end the search.  

(Available for purchase.)  

posted by zenandthecity on OpenAwareness

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