Archives for the month of: September, 2013

Flow

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Lao Tzu

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Cloud

A cloud does not know
why it moves in just such a
direction and at such a speed.
It feels an impulsion….. This is the place to go now.

But the sky knows
the reasons and the patterns
behind all clouds, and you will know, too,
when you lift yourself high enough
to see beyond horizons.

Richard Bach

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The Process of Revealing

To recognize that the nature of mind is buddha-nature is the beginning of the process of revealing that nature.
By revealing that nature, we can dispel all the sufferings and all the fears of samsara.

One needs to recognize that our mind’s nature is buddha- nature, to have confidence or faith in this,

and to have the aspiration and commitment to reveal this.

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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sept. 25, 2013 lanai 012If there is a change in the individual consciousness,

then a change in the collective consciousness will also take place.

When there is a change in the collective consciousness, then the situation of the individual can change;

the situation of our loved one who is the object of our prayer can change.

This is why Buddhists say that everything arises from the mind.

Our mind is a creation of the collective  consciousness.

If we want to have change, we have to return to our mind.

Our mind is a center that produces energy.

From this powerhouse we call mind, we can change the world.  We change it by means of a real energy that we ourselves have created.

Thich Nhat Hahn

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Sept 22 flowers 011You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.”

The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.

They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.

Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights,

is worthy of all else from you.

And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life

deserves to fill his cup from your little stream

Khalil Gibran

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Sept. 25 2013 pkwy 027

Our regular, mundane understanding of religion is somewhat simple:  it’s a belief, a dogma that we have about some superhuman being or supernatural energy outside our being that has power and control over our universe and over sentient beings.

This mundane understanding of religion is a theistic view.  In the usual meaning of religion, that particular external being or external energy is holding our computer keyboard and is doing the programming for us.

We don’t have any power, we don’t have any energy, and we don’t have any choice.  We have to work with that situation;  we have to wait and see what comes up on the screen.

In Buddhism, to the contrary, we are holding the keyboard; we ourselves are the programmers.  We program our software, and we press the command keys on our keyboard.

Depending on our own skill, our own energy, and our own knowledge, we get what we want on the screen.

The reason the Buddha taught the dharma was to teach us the command keys.

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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September 24 2013 garden 034So what exactly is this Buddha nature?

It is the skylike nature of our mind.

Utterly open, free, and limitless, it is fundamentally so simple and so natural that it can never be complicated, corrupted, or stained, so pure that it is beyond even the concept of purity and impurity….

As it is said:  “It is simply your flawless, present awareness, cognizant and empty, naked and awake.”

Sogyal Rinpoche

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September 12 Parkway 032As our fixed ideas about experience change, we see that up to now we have scarcely appreciated our immediate experience.

This lack of attention has reinforced our tendencies to live in the past or to seek new experiences in the future.

We can change this around, through practice…

As our experience opens to wider perspectives, our senses, our body, and our consciousness become vibrantly alive.

Patterns of craving and frustration give way to the flowing interaction with the process of living.

All imbalances drop away, and whatever satisfaction or healing we need is provided naturally.

This protection, this balance, this genuine self-sufficiency allow us to open to the endless possibility of each moment and to discover the richness and depth of all experience.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche

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march 20 yard 032Lakota Instructions for Living

Friend do it this way – that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.

And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.

When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.

If you do it that way – that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One – whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going To Be.

passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman

Hope

Hope knows
that a lovely thing is true
before it shows up on her doorstep.

Richard Bach

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