Archives for the month of: October, 2013

Be Grateful


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning is a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…
Welcome and entertain them all.
Treat each guest honorably.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.


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The creative, loving-something life

is also the healthy one.

There is healing and protection

in doing what makes you happy.

Richard Bach

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We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure,
joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Siddhartha Gautama
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Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

from the Sutta Nipata

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Usually when people look at the Buddhist precepts, they understand them in terms of human relationships

Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not lie.

Of course these are about human relationships, but what do they mean in terms of the environment?

There is a particular kind of stealing that we do when we clear-cut forests, when topsoil is washed into rivers.

There is a particular kind of killing that we do when we wipe out whole species.

These precepts are taught not only as they relate to humans but also how they relate to the environment, to the ten thousand things.

Not only the sentient, ‘feeling’ beings, deer, muskrat, beaver, but to the rocks, trees and river. All of it.

John Daido Loori Roshi
“Zen’s Radical Conservative,”   Shambhala Sun, July 2001

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The sun continuously pours forth

Light and Life.

Ra nurtures all vegetation,

gathering the first fruits

produced by the power of his rays,

as if in his mighty hands,

bringing out sweet perfumes from the plants.

In the same way,

our souls, like heavenly flowers,

are nurtured by the Light of Atum’s wisdom,

and in return,

we should use in his service

all that grows within us.

Hermes Trismegestus, Thoth

From, The Hermetica

translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

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Any powerful idea

is absolutely fascinating

and absolutely useless

until you decide to put it to work.

Richard Bach

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It is not the answer that enlightens,
but the question.

Eugene Ionesco

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Atum is the all encompassing author of entirety,

weaving everything into the fabric of reality.

Because creation is visible,

we can see the Creator,

and this is the purpose of his creation.

Since he is always creating,

He can always be seen,

so we should think and marvel,

and realize that we are blessed

with Knowledge of our Father…

Look at matter filled full with Life,

and see Atum

pulsating with all he contains.

Hermes Tresmigestus, or Thoth

From, The Hermetica

Translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

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Because the awakened one

puts himself behind,

he steps ahead.

Because he gives away,

he gains.

Because he is selfless,

he fulfills himself.

The still is the lord of the restless.

Lao Tzu

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