Archives for the month of: February, 2014

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In fact, everything we encounter

in this world with our six senses

is an inkblot test.
You see what you

are thinking and feeling,

seldom what you are looking at.

 
Shiqin

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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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.
Sutta Nipata

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The small wisdom is like water in a glass:
clear, transparent, pure.
The great wisdom is like the water in the sea:
dark, mysterious, impenetrable.
Rabindranath Tagore

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2010

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The higher nature in man

always seeks for something

which transcends itself and yet is its deepest truth;

which claims all its sacrifice,

yet makes this sacrifice its own recompense.

This is man’s dharma, man’s religion,

and man’s self is the vessel

 

Rabindranath Tagore

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

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So the tree rustles in the evening,

when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts.

Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful,

just as they have longer lives than ours.

They are wiser than we are,

as long as we do not listen to them.

But when we have learned how to listen to trees,

then the brevity and the quickness

and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts

achieve an incomparable joy.

Whoever has learned how to listen to trees

no longer wants to be a tree.

He wants to be nothing except what he is.

That is home.

That is happiness.

 

Herman Hesse

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

 

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. . . gentleness is stronger than severity,

water is stronger than rock,

love is stronger than force.

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Hermann Hesse

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Passionately obsessed by anything we love–

an avalanche of magic

flattens the way ahead,

levels rules, reasons, dissents,

bears us with it  over chasms, fears, doubts.

Without the power of that love…
Richard Bach

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Have you ever felt so at one with the world,

with the universe, with everything that is,

that you were overcome with love?

That is reality. That is the truth.

What we make of it is up to us,

as the painting of the sunrise is up to the artist.

In our world humanity has strayed from that love.

It lives hatred and power struggles

and manipulations of the earth itself

for its own narrow reasons.

Continue and no one will see the sunrise.

The sunrise will always exist, of course,

but people on earth will know nothing of it

and finally even stories of its beauty

will fade from our knowing.
Richard Bach

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….    When Mind passes beyond discriminations
Thoughts and feelings cannot plumb its depths.
The state is absolute and free.
There is neither self nor other.
You will be aware only that you are part of the One.
Everything is inside and nothing is outside.

All wise men everywhere understand this.
This knowledge is beyond time, long or short,
This knowledge is eternal. It neither is nor is not.

 
Everywhere is here and the smallest equals the largest.
Space cannot confine anything.

 
The largest equals the smallest.
There are no boundaries, no within and without.
What is and what is not are the same,
For what is not is equal to what is.

 
If you do not awaken to this truth,
do not worry yourself about it.
Just believe that your Buddha Mind is not divided,
That it accepts all without judgment.
Give no thoughts to words and speeches or pretty plans
The eternal has no present, past or future.

Seng T’san

(Sent T’san lived in China in the sixth century AD.  He was the Dharma successor to the second Chinese patriarch, Dazu (Huike) and spent most of his later life, after his encounter with Dazu living in the mountains or wandering and teaching the Dharma. )

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February 16 spring flowers 010….  Deep is the Tathagata’s wisdom,
Lofty and beyond all illusions.
This is the One to which all things return
provided you do not separate them,
keeping some and casting others away.
Where can you put them anyway?
All things are within the One.
There is no outside.

The Ultimate has no pattern, no duality,
and is never partial.
Trust in this. Keep your faith strong.
When you lay down all distinctions there’s nothing left
but Mind that is now pure, that radiates wisdom,
and is never tired…    (continued)

Seng T’san

(Sent T’san lived in China in the sixth century AD.  He was the Dharma successor to the second Chinese patriarch, Dazu (Huike) and spent most of his later life, after his encounter with Dazu living in the mountains or wandering and teaching the Dharma. )

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014