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#4051 -Thursday, October 21, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee

The Nonduality Highlights -    

"Life passes like a flash of lightning
Whose blaze lasts barely long enough to see,
While earth and sky stand still forever.
How swiftly changing time flies across our face.
You who sit over your full cup and do not drink,
For what are you waiting?"
- Li Po
From the book: "The New Social Face of Buddhism," published by Wisdom Books
posted to Daily Dharma by Dainen Kelley  

  Accept Everything   

A well-known Japanese Rinzai Zen master dropped by Sokoji to meet Suzuki 
Roshi. After they chanted a sutra together, the visiting priest asked to see a 
sutra book on the altar. He looked at it, then suddenly exploded, stamping his 
foot on the floor and shouting, ''This is not Zen!" He tore the book in two and 
threw it on the floor. 

Suzuki squatted down and picked up the pieces.   

"Oh, this sutra book was  donated to the temple when there was a memorial
service for an old woman  from a different sect," he said. "We accept
everything here. We chant  everything. We eat everything." For a moment the
guest still looked angry,  then Suzuki said, "let's go have some tea." A
friendship began that continued  as long as they were both alive. 

Suzuki Roshi, "Zen Is Right Here"

"From beginning-less time until now, all beings have mistaken themselves for
phenomena and, having lost sight of their original mind, are influenced by
phenomena, and end up having the scope of their observations defined by
boundaries large and small."  

- Surangama Sutra, Gautama Buddha  

From the website: posted to Daily Dharma by Dainen Kelley  

Be Your "Self"   

The self is not a fixed, permanent thing, but an ongoing narrative process. It’s
dynamic, it’s interactive, it’s engaged in moral choices, it has goals, it has
aspirations, and it is also what allows us to function as a society, as a plurality
of stories, selves that interact and share experiences, learning from and
teaching one another. “Selfing” is simply the evolutionary strategy that human
beings, probably for biological and adaptive reasons, have been landed with.
There’s nothing deluded or neurotic about being a self in that way. It’s
actually a very liberating perspective on the nature of the individual.

Stephen Batchelor, "At the Crossroads"


You can't turn either towards Consciousness
or away from Consciousness.

In fact, "you" can't even "turn" at all because
your life is really only a melodramatic story that
Consciousness has been telling Itself.

And your only choice is whether or not you want
to believe in the validity of your story.

As usual, the ego wants to proudly say, "That's
my story and I'm sticking to it."

Actually, since you and your story arise
simultaneously, your story is also sticking to

Without the historical framework of your time-
based story, though, "you" are really "no-thing."

Actually, being "no-thing" might not be such a
bad idea.

                        - Chuck Hillig

posted to Along The Way

What Can I Say  

What can I say that I have not said before?
So I'll say it again.
The leaf has a song in it.
Stone is the face of patience.
Inside the river there is an unfinishable story
and you are somewhere in it
and it will never end until all ends.  

Take your busy heart to the art museum and the
chamber of commerce
but take it also to the forest.
The song you heard singing in the leaf when you
were a child
is singing still.
I am of years lived, so far, seventy-four,
and the leaf is singing still.  

~ Mary Oliver ~


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