Archives for category: Time

May 24 2014 vines 063

Remember always

that you are just a visitor here,

a traveler passing through.


Your stay is but short

and the moment of your departure





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Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now,

the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows

how to dwell in mindfulness night and day,
‘one who knows the better way to live alone.’

Bhaddekaratta Sutta


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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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Do not pursue the past.

Do not lose yourself in the future.

The past no longer is.

The future has not yet come.

Looking deeply at life

as it is in the very here and now,

the practitioner dwells

in stability and freedom.

Bhaddekaratta Sutta

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Adopt the pace of nature: 

her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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You don’t want a million answers

as much as you want

a few forever questions.

The questions are diamonds

you hold in the light.

Study a lifetime

and you see different colors

from the same jewel.

Richard Bach

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November 13, 2013 parkway 001

The great awareness comes slowly,
piece by piece.
The path of spiritual growth
is a path of lifelong learning.
The experience of spiritual power
is basically a joyful one.

M. Scott Peck

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In a sense, the Cosmos is changeless,

because its motions are determined

by unalterable laws

which cause it to revolve eternally

without beginning and end.

Its parts manifest, disappear

and are created anew,

again and again

in the undulating pulse of time.

Through the process of time,

life within the Cosmos

is regulated and maintained.

Time renews all things in the Cosmos,

by the circling process of change,

measured by the heavenly bodies

returning to their former positions

as they revolve around the heavens.

Hermes Tresmigestus, or Thoth

from The Hermetica

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September 12 Parkway 009… Of time you would make a stream upon whose bank you would sit and watch its flowing.

Yet the timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness,

And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory

and tomorrow is today’s dream.

And that that which sings and  contemplates in you is still dwelling within the  bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.

Who among you does not feel that his power to love is boundless?

And yet who does not feel that very love, though boundless, encompassed within the centre of his being,

and moving  not from love thought to love thought, nor from love deeds to other love deeds?

And is not time even as love is, undivided and spaceless?

But if in your thought you must measure time into seasons,

let each season encircle all the other seasons,

And let today embrace the past with  remembrance and the future with longing.

Kahlil Gibran

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The Simplest Questions

The simplest questions
are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these for awhile,
and watch your answers change.

Richard Bach

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Jamestown Road, 2013