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#4233 - Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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Don't try to understand what I'm saying. These are just
pointers. I don't understand what I'm saying either. Pointers
point to the state of direct realization but they're not a
substitute for it. 
~Eckhart Tolle



“The nice thing is that when you stop waiting for the mind to
stop doing what it does, you start to realize it doesn’t matter
how long the mind does what it does. There’s still this direct
taste, this sense of being. So waiting is unnecessary. It’s just
another concept.”




To say something meaningful,
Get in the circle of silent ones
And be silent.

~ Rumi


by Enea Bozeglav




I felt in need of a great pilgrimage
so I sat still for three


and God came
to me.


~ Kabir


posted by Kia Pierce



by Alan Larus



The desire to find the self will be surely fulfilled, provided you
want nothing else. But you must be honest with yourself and
really want nothing else. If in the meantime you want many
other things and are engaged in their pursuit, your main
purpose may be delayed until you grow wiser and cease being
torn between contradictory  urges. Go within, without swerving, 
without ever looking outward.


~Nisargadatta Maharaj


by Along The Way



In Master Linji's time, some Buddhist terms were used so often
they became meaningless. People chewed on terms like
“liberation” and “enlightenment” until they lost their power. It’s
no different today.


What is a True Person? 


“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary—put on 
your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.” - 
Master Linji, Teaching 18 


Insight can’t be found in sutras, commentaries, verbal 
expression, or —isms. Liberation and awakened 
understanding can’t be found by devoting ourselves to the 
study of the Buddhist scriptures. This is like trying to find fresh 
water in dry bones. Returning to the present moment, using our
clear mind which exists right here and now, we can be in touch
with liberation and enlightenment, as well as with the Buddha 
and the patriarchs as living realities right in this moment. The 
person who has nothing to do is sovereign unto herself. She 
doesn’t need to put on airs or leave any trace behind. 


The true person is an active participant, engaged in her 
environment while remaining unoppressed by it. Although all 
phenomena are going through the various appearances of 
birth, abiding, changing, and dying, the true person doesn’t 
become a victim of sadness, happiness, love, or hate. She 
lives in awareness as an ordinary person, whether standing, 
walking, lying down, or sitting. She doesn’t act a part, even the 
part of a great Zen master. This is what Master Linji means by 
“being sovereign wherever you are and using that place as 
your seat of awakening.” 


We may wonder, “If a person has no direction, isn’t yearning to
realize an ideal, doesn’t have an aim in life, then who will help 
living beings be liberated, who will rescue those who are 
drowning in the ocean of suffering?” A Buddha is a person 
who has no more business to do and isn’t looking for anything. 
In doing nothing, in simply stopping, we can live freely and true 
to ourselves and our liberation will contribute to the liberation 
of all beings. 


- Thich Nhat Hanh, "Simply Stop," Fall 2007  Tricycle From
Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go (2007) by Thich  Nhat Hanh 


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