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#5095 - Monday, November 25, 2013 - Editor: Gloria Lee
How can the divine Oneness be seen?
In beautiful forms, breathtaking wonders,
awe-inspiring miracles?
The Tao is not obliged to present itself
in this way.
If you are willing to be lived by it, you will
see it everywhere, even in the most
ordinary things.
Lao Tsu

Ah, not to be cut off
by Rainer Maria Rilke
English version by Stephen Mitchell

Ah, not to be cut off,
not through the slightest partition
shut out from the law of the stars.
The inner -- what is it?
if not the intensified sky,
hurled through with birds and deep
with the winds of homecoming.
Alan Larus Photography

"When you realize all sights to be
Inseparable appearance-emptiness,
All the sights you see
Are oh so beautiful!
"When you know all sounds to be
Inseparable sound and emptiness.
All the sounds you hear
Are oh so beautiful!
"When you realize your mind to be
Inseparable emptiness-clarity
The nature of your thoughts, you see,
Is open, spacious, and relaxed!
"When you know that this is how it is,
Confusion and freedom
Are free just as they shine.
Oh, how wonderful!"

Composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche 
in the Garden of Translation, Boudhanath, Nepal, 2000. 
Translated by Ari Goldfield.
via Daily Dharma by Amrita Nadi


Later, in a dream, I saw Orgyen Dorje Trolod in an expanse of flame and light,  and 
he was chanting a song of Hung: 
"Hung hung. Do you understand that the cord that holds you to samsara is the duality 
of subject and object? Do you understand that joy and sorrow, your environment and 
companions, are manifestations of light and dark, devoid of true existence like a 
dream? Although space is free of periphery or center, it doesn't go beyond the 
expanse of awareness. Space is none other than the expanse of awareness itself. 
Supplicating the demon above, you grasp to the buddha;  supplicating the demon 
below, you grasp to delusive appearances. These are both products of the mind 
making real what is not real." 
"Do you understand that all appearances are natural projections of thoughts? Do  you 
understand that samsara and nirvana are nondual displays within the ground expanse 
of the absolute nature?" 
"Do you understand that dynamic energy is naturally released into the all-pervasive 
nature without meditation? All grasping is devoid of substance.  Subject and object 
are one taste. Myself and emanations of myself are primordially one with the 
mother's womb of the great expanse." 
Then Orgyen Dorje Trolod dissolved into me. 
"Samsara and nirvana are co-arising, but these are one, not two. It is very  important 
to understand that the nature of being is the great perfection of samsara and 
nirvana. Don't be satisfied with just the empty aspect of the view, but have the 
all-embracing dzogchen view. Good and bad are expressions of your own nature. The 
five buddhafields are the creative expression of the expanse of primordial wisdom. 
The compassionate buddha appears spontaneously, without  effort." 
~Dudjom Rinpoche, from “Crazy Dharma Of An Idiot Who Wears Mud And  Feathers 
For Clothing” (From notes taken by Tara Carreon of a teaching given  by Gyatrul 
Rinpoche in July, 1998, translated by Alan Wallace) 
via Daily Dharma by Amrita Nadi

In an instant
I transform all bodies
back into their perfect Light
by the power of giving
For the tiniest creature -
blossoming pearl on the tip
of a Christmas cactus,
frost-defying scarlet
camellia bud,
this breath tumbling full
of the whole sky -
thank you, thank you!
See how easy it is
to awaken the heart?
is the deepest meditation.
~Fred LaMotte
The master has broken my heart again,
this time hiding his face in a camellia bud.
I will use my breath to roll away the stone.
Do you understand this?
Have you visited the garden on Easter morning?
I will use my breath to touch the mountain
and put out even the fire which created me.
Do you understand this?
I will send my breath on the Night Journey
from belly to crown, a distance
too great for any haj.
I will use my inhalation to reveal what is hidden,
and to open Mary's womb like a rose.
Do you understand this?
It is my own exhalation that cries,
~Fred LaMotte
Incidentally, my book of poems for meditation is now available on Amazon. It 
wouldn't make a bad Holiday gift... Here is the link:

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