Archives for posts with tag: Enlightenment

November 28, 2014 thanksgiving 029

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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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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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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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July 19, 2014 Container 039
You can be still
and still moving.
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Content
even in your discontent.
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Ram Dass/ Richard Alpert
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June 30, 2014 017

A teacher cannot give you the truth.
The truth is already in you;
You only need to open yourself –
body, mind and heart-
so that his or her teachings
will penetrate your own seeds
of understanding and enlightenment.
If you let the words enter you,
the soil and the seeds
will do the rest of the work.

 
Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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June 20 Between 035

 

The wave does not need to die to become water.

 

She is already water.

 
Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 008
The teacher, or the spiritual friend,
enters your system much as medicine
is injected into your veins.
According to the tradition,
this is known as planting the heart of enlightenment
in your heart.
It is transplanting the full moon
into your heart. ..
….By the way,
once that moon has entered your heart,
it cannot be a waning moon.
It never wanes.
It is always waxing.
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Chogyam Trungpa
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June 6, 2014 Forest Lane 009
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
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Siddhartha Gautama
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April 24, 2014 birds 047

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


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


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


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


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

 


Ryokan

 

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April 24, 2014 birds 016

Whether you are going or staying or sitting or lying down,
the whole world is your own self.
You must find out
whether the mountains, rivers, grass, and forests
exist in your own mind or exist outside it.
Analyze the ten thousand things,
dissect them minutely,
and when you take this to the limit
you will come to the limitless,
when you search into it you come to the end of search,
where thinking goes no further and distinctions vanish.
When you smash the citadel of doubt,
then the Buddha is simply yourself.
Daikaku

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