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#4092 -Thursday, December 2, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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Is the bowl empty
or is it filled with moonlight?
Oh, the midnight sun.









The Unbroken

There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.

There is a hollow space
too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being.

There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open
to the place inside
which is unbreakable
and whole,
while learning to sing.

~  Rashani  ~



In   Beyond  Brokenness  

Rashani   Réa   shares  the
“birth story” of  her poem, “The Unbroken” with an
unwavering   inner  eye,  ever   turning  towards  the
silence  she  so  relishes,   trusts  and  values.  In  the
writing  of  this poem’s birth has come the tracing of
the   poet’s   pathless   journey  through  the  winter
shadows  of  grief. “The Unbroken” pierced through
the dark night  in one woman’s  life
and  carried  her
lovingly  through  the  unknown,  into  the wholeness
that   had   been   within   her   all  along.  Rashani’s
unembellished honesty and self-awareness offer us a
glimpse  of  the   possibility to navigate  through  our
own inevitable endarkenments and  disillusionments.

Beyond Brokenness
shows us that such a possibility
exists.  Rashani  has  gifted us once  again   with  the
comforting truth that our essential nature, no matter
how broken we may feel, is whole and  unbreakable.

This   book   is   a   chronicle   and   testimony  for  our
capacity   to   enter   into   the   pain   of   being human,
without   resistance,  and  emerge, again and again, into
a   state  of   nondual    awareness.  The   extremes   of
heartbreak     and      profound     spiritual    awakening
couldn’t  be  rendered  more  starkly,  yet  they  are  so
close.  Though  the  path  of  being  broken  wide open
begins  in our  pain  and  anguish,  like  all  true paths, it
leads  to  the  state  of  embodied  transcendence. That
the   heart   can   turn   so   quickly?  This   is  the   real
miracle. Rashani’s  poem  is  a wonder. In the space of
just a few  words, she takes  our  soul in her hands and
shows  how  we  can  move  from the depths of despair
to a place of immutable wholeness. 

- Peter Fenner, author of Radiant Mind


This  is  a  book  from  the  deep  that ?nds light not by
seeking  light,  but  by  letting  go  into  darkness. It is a
book   of  miracles—not   the  usual  kind  of   miracles
like  walking  on   water—but   the   miracle  of  ?nding
beauty  and  love  and  transcendence in the  very heart
of  life  with  all  its  brokenness  and  loss. It’s  a poem,
really,  or  a  song  or  a  sutra. I  love the way  Rashani
weaves  together  the  beautiful and the ugly  so that we
can   see   how   inseparable   they   are   and  how  she
conveys   so  much    so   sparingly.  This   book   is   a
beautiful, powerful, gorgeous song of life and death.

    –JoanTollifson,  author of Bare-Bones Meditation


Beyond Brokenness

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About the Author

Raised throughout childhood to appreciate the perennial teachings at the core
of  all spiritual traditions, Rashani has recorded fifteen albums and created
more  than 350 collages in celebration of the diversity of world wisdom. She
began  writing poetry at the age of seven and was published four years later.
Raised  with the motto “freedom is discipline,” her childhood was an immersion
in artistic  explorations and an ongoing inquiry into the nature of beauty. 

Since 1991, Rashani has lived simply and sustainably on the Big Island of
Hawai‘i where she  offers individual and group retreats several times a year.
She also offers collage  classes, retreats, satsangs, individual sessions and
participatory concerts  throughout the world. Rashani Réa is a prolific artist
and musician, known  worldwide for her music and greeting cards and is a
deeply respected Dharma  teacher. Her books include Welcome to The Feast,
The Way Moonlight Touches,  It's Time for a Miracle, and The Unfurling of an

Visit her personal site at


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