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#5090 Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - Editor: Jerry Katz

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In Monday's issue Gloria noted the passing of Lou Reed. In this issue we remind you of the recent passings of Rick Linchitz and Doris Lessing.

Before that I want to remind you that Nonduality Network Talk Radio airs Wednesday from 12:30 - 1:30pm. You may listen at 

Word is that Highlights editor Dustin LindenSmith will be joining me in the studio and we'll be talking about all kinds of interesting things. 

This will be the fund raiser show for the radio station itself, not for our specific show. CKDU in Halifax, Nova Scotia, "is mandated to act as an alternative to public (CBC) and commercial radio stations. We offer programming that can not be found elsewhere on the airwaves in Halifax." 

If you want to make a pledge to the show the phone number is 902-49-happy. Otherwise just tune in and see what trouble me and Dustin get into.


Catherine Noyce

This is the last email Rick Linchitz sent to some German friends before he died:

"Not much to tell. We're all living and dying. Life becoming more focused. "Future" more clearly dries up and "plans" disappear. Bodily functions, especially breathing, major focus. As always, nothing special. Just life being lived."

"Lot's of pain and shortness of breath, but also deep peace. What appears to be transformation, is also the eternal peace of the unchanging oneness who we are."

~ ~ ~

Rick's book is No You and No Me: The Loving Awareness in Which all Arises:

A video featuring Rick is here:


Doris May Lessing CH (née Tayler; 22 October 1919 – 17 November 2013) was a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels include The Grass is Singing (1950), the sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence (1952–69), The Golden Notebook (1962), The Good Terrorist (1985), and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979–1983).

Lessing was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. In awarding the Prize the Swedish Academy described her as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny".[1] Lessing was the eleventh woman and the oldest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.[2][3][4]
In 2001, Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British literature. In 2008, The Times ranked her fifth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".[5]


On Sunday, her publisher HarperCollins released an announcement about her death, and biographer Michael Holroyd described her legacy, as The Guardian reported:

He said: “Her themes have been universal and international. They ranged from the problems of post-colonial Africa to the politics of nuclear power, the emergence of a new woman’s voice and the spiritual dimensions of 20th-century civilisation. Few writers have as broad a range of subject and sympathy.

“She is one of those rare writers whose work crosses frontiers, and her impressively large output constitutes a chronicle of our time. She has enlarged the territory both of the novel and of our consciousness.”

Nick Pearson, her editor at HarperCollins/4th Estate, said : “I adored her.”


Doris Lessing is the highest profile modern novelist who has 
followed the Sufi path. In an essay on Idries Shah, she 
explained its attraction: "Sufi truth is at the core of every 
religion, its heart, and religions are only the outward 
vestments of an inner reality" 

Giving the Dervish a Whirl' by Peter Culshaw. The Guardian Magazine 1st Dec 2001. 


Having read about the religions of the world after completing The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing perceived remarkable affinity among these religions. As she writes: "[A]ll religions and types of mysticism say the same thing in different words: that it is possible for anyone to transcend the little cage which is how some people experience ordinary life, in an effort to come nearer to God, or Allah, or the Almighty, or The Otherthat Power greater than ourselves Who is not to be made property of any religion, or sect, or arrangement of words" 

(78; The Doris Lessing Reader; London: Jonathan Cape, 1989).


Doris Lessing asserts, "But it is my belief that it is always the individual, in the long run, who will set the tone, provide the real development of society. ... Looking back, I see what a great influence an individual may have, even an apparently obscure person, living a small, quiet life. It is individuals who change societies, give birth to ideas, who standing against the tides of opinion, change them. ... Everything that has ever happened to me has taught me to value the individual, the person who cultivates and preserves his or her own way of thinking, who stands out against group thinking, group pressures."

['Prisons We Choose to Live Inside' 1987]


Presence with a difference: Buddhists and feminists on subjectivity

by Anne C. Klein

Vol.9 No.4

Fall 1994


COPYRIGHT Hypatia Inc.

A number of feminist women have written about the importance of 
mindful clarity. The wandering that Mary Daly chronicles requires 
immense awareness and self-knowledge (1985, xii, 89). Doris Lessing, 
herself influenced by the meditative traditions of Sufism, makes 
awareness the starting point of Martha Quest's spiritual odyssey in 
The Four Gated City. Martha learns how to make herself "alive and 
light and aware" (37) she knows the advantages, walking in the 
London rain, of having "her head cool, watchful, alert" (38). She 
knows too the sense of "a quiet, empty space, behind which stood an 
observing presence." Here also mindfulness is described in terms of 
mental characteristics other than knowledge. But from a Buddhist 
perspective there is little in the way of an epistemological 
clarification of what this is or how it is cultivated. 

Mindfulness is physically centering. Quieting the processes of 
distraction stills the breath and soothes the body. Indeed, 
acknowledging the intimate relationship between bodily and emotional 
or cognitive experience is vital to many meditative traditions. 
Physical and mental processes are not two halves of a whole, but two 
avenues of access into the fully integrated complex in which they 
participate. Subjective shifts, in this view, always involve the 
entire person. Calming, for example, is associated with a variety of 
pleasurable physical sensations, from feeling one's body as 
preternaturally soft or light, to--far more rarely but also more 
famously--intense sexual pleasure. 

Mindfulness, says Buddhaghosa, reveals mind and body as functions in 
constant communication, always shaping and responding to the other 
"like a drum and the sound of a drum" (1976, 690).


remembering doris lessing...

Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:26 pm (PST) . Posted by:
"Yosy" in Nonduality Salon:

:) rest in peace, sister

a true teacher
takes what you do not have
and gives you
what is always yours.

this is why
the sage
does his work
and slips away

real masters are like thieves:
only the ones caught
are known.
the best

yet their blessed presence
though unrecognized
continuously sustains
the world.

in gratitude,


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