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December  11, 2014 cold 085.

OM is not an immaterial abstraction

which transcends the world

of matter and earthly existence;

it is the world we live in

but do not see.

It is here- now,

I-Thou,

and “the reality that flows.”

 

William Braden

 

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December 5, 2014 ornaments 004

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Allow the heart to empty itself of all turmoil!

Retrieve the utter tranquility of the mind

from which you issued.

Although all forms are dynamic,

and we all grow and transform,

each of us is compelled

to return to our root.

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Our root is quietude.

 
Lao Tzu

 

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November 28, 2014 thanksgiving 118

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Patience does not mean

to passively endure.

It means to be farsighted enough

to trust the end result of a process.

What does patience mean?

It means to look at the thorn

and see the rose,

to look at the night

and see the dawn.

Impatience means

to be so shortsighted

as to not be able to see the outcome.

The lovers of God

never run out of patience,

for they know that time is needed

for the crescent moon to become full.

Elif Shafak

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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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July 29, 2014 garden 030

 

It is the deadly sameness of machine-made things

and of a life governed by technology

which perverts the mind and kills the spirit.

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Infinite variety is the hallmark of the creative genius;

sameness the hallmark of mediocrity and decadence.

The symbol of the machine is the wheel.

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The machine-wheel is the symbol of Samsara,

of ever-recurring birth and death,

of the inescapable law of existence. ..

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But there is another wheel, an invisible one,

which does not revolve

but which radiates and pervades every form of life.

It is the Dharma-Cakra

and he who realizes it,

realizes his universality and the infinite relationship

of all things and forms of appearance,

without denying their relative existence and value.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

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June 30, 2014 butterfly 005

The secret of health

for both mind and body

is not to mourn for the past,

not to worry about the future,

not to anticipate the future,

but to awaken

and live the present moment wisely, earnestly.

 

A Buddha

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June 20 Between 054People 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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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 002

 

Overcome your uncertainties

and free yourself from dwelling on sorrow.

When you delight in existence,

you will awaken,

and become a guide to those in need,

revealing the path to many.

 

 

Buddhist Teaching

 

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