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#3939 - Thursday, July 1, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee
The Nonduality Highlights
The ground of nowness
Sees the gap right through
Doesn't matter what it looks like
Its the only hope
For awakening on the spot
Now or never
Is the reality of awakening
~Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
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posted to Daily Dharma by Anipachen
One of the great Mahayana innovations was seeing the Buddha not as one particular man in ancient India but as someone signifying transformation brought about by wisdom. Thus Buddha could manifest as any number of people in any number of eras and cultures. What's most important is the Buddha's wisdom, not so much the man who was once a prince of the Shakyas. So from the perspective of those schools that came after the Buddha, they did not repudiate the Pali canon, but set it aside for teachings from living Buddhist masters who were considered more relevant spokespeople for the awakened mind. That's what keeps the tradition vital and evolving. Even today, the contemporary idiom of living teachers is generally considered more useful than the words of the historical Buddha.
Andrew Olendzki, "Back to the Beginning" (Winter 2003)
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photo by Mazie Lane
How To Find True Solitude
Being alone means you are established firmly in the here and the now and you become aware of what is happening in the present moment. You use your mindfulness to become aware of every feeling, every perception you have. You're aware of what's happening around you in the sangha, but you're always with yourself, you don't lose yourself. That's the Buddha's definition of the ideal practice of solitude: not to be caught in the past or carried away by the future, but always to be here, body and mind united, aware of what is happening in the present moment. That is real solitude.
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Matter (Winter 2009)
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Why Bodhidharma Went to Howard Johnson's
"Where is your home," the interviewer asked him.
no," the interviewer said, thinking it a problem of
"when you are where you actually live."
Now it was his turn to think, perhaps the translation?
~ Jane Hirshfield ~
Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry)
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