Archives for category: Enlightenment

December 17, 2014 wreath 001

 

See Me in yourselves,

as you would see yourself

in water or a mirror.

 

Agrapha

 

See in this body of Mine

The existence of the whole universe.

Be centered in the One.

 

the Bhagavad Gita

 

Wise are they who center their

hearts on the  inner essence of things,

not on outer appearances.

 

The Tao Te Ching

 

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November 28, 2014 thanksgiving 100.

 

The mountain is the mountain

And the Way is the same as of old.

Verily what is changed is my own heart.

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-Anonymous

 

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Life isn’t just about darkness or light, rather it’s about finding light within the darkness.

 

Landon Parham

 

As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.

 

Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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November 12, 2014 golden day 084

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“People usually consider walking on water

or in thin air a miracle.

But I think the real miracle

is not to walk either on water or in thin air,

but to walk on earth.

Every day we are engaged in a miracle

which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds,

green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child –

– our own two eyes.

All is a miracle.”

 

 

       Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

 

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“The source of love is deep in us

and we can help others realize a lot of happiness.

One word, one action,

one thought

can reduce another person’s suffering

and bring that person joy.”

 

        Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

 

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“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

 

       Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

 

 

 

 

In remembrance of Zen teacher, poet,

writer, and peace activist

Thich Nhat Hanh,

who is in hospital.

Updated information

 

November 11, 1926–

 

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October 19, 2014 fall color 095

 

Stop acting so small.

You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

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September 17, 2014 Oregon 132

 

When all our obstacles have been overcome,

and we find ourselves in a state of total presence,

the wisdom of enlightenment

manifests spontaneously

without limits,

just like the infinite rays of the sun.

The clouds have dissolved,

and the sun is finally free

to shine once again.

 
Chogyal  Namkhai Norbu

 

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September 5, 2014 phragmites 003

 

The infinite

is in the finite

of every instant

 

Zen Proverb

 

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August 16, 2014 garden 018

 

Where beauty is, then there is ugliness;
where right is, also there is wrong.

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Knowledge and ignorance are interdependent;
delusion and enlightenment condition each other.

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Since olden times it has been so.
How could it be otherwise now?

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Wanting to get rid of one and grab the other
is merely realizing a scene of stupidity.

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Even if you speak of the wonder of it all,
how do you deal with each thing changing?
Ryokan

 

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August 7, 2014 garden 033

 

Few people believe their
Inherent mind is Buddha.
Most will not take this seriously,
And therefore are cramped.

 
They are wrapped up in illusions, cravings,
Resentments, and other afflictions,
All because they love the cave of ignorance.

 

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Fenyang

 

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August 3, 2014 butterflies 089

The part receives meaning from the whole,

but not vice-versa.

If we detach the individual

from his relation with the totality of the universe,

he will be reduced to a meaningless illusion,

a non-entity.

If we see him in relationship

to the whole universe,

he becomes an exponent of cosmic reality

(the Atman of the Upanishads).

And if he becomes fully conscious of it,

he becomes an Enlightened One, a Buddha.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

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