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“Light comes through the mind

and Illuminates the whole body.

When all things within you are integrated,

your light will shine everywhere.”


Dialogue of the Savior


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“When the light within is sheltered from the wind,

the yogi who is perfect in concentration

realizes the Self.

He is then a lamp

that does not flicker.”


The Bhagavad Gita


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Unify spirit and soul

and inner harmony will follow.


The Tao Te Ching


Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014


With appreciation to Richard Hooper. Jesus, Buddha Krishna and Lao Tzu:  The Parallell Sayings.  2012


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So the thing to do when working on a motorcycle,

as in any other task,

is to cultivate the peace of mind

which does not separate one’s self

from one’s surroundings.


When that is done successfully,

then everything else follows naturally.


Peace of mind produces right values,

right values produce right thoughts.

Right thoughts produce right actions

and right actions produce work

which will be a material reflection for others

to see of the serenity at the center of it all.


Robert Pirsig


Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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There is no emptiness without appearance,

and there is no appearance without emptiness.

That is what we call the interdependent nature.


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

Look at the Mind

Try to leave your mind vividly in a natural state,
without thinking of what happened in the past
or of what you are planning for the future,
without generating any conceptuality…

With persistent practice,
consciousness may eventually be perceived or felt
as an entity of mere luminosity and knowing…
As long as the mind does not encounter the external circumstance of conceptuality,
it will abide empty without anything appearing in it,
like clear water.

H.H. Tenzin Gyatso

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2010

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Great teachers appear, highly realized, amid the deluded people of this decadent age…

They are extremely knowledgeable; they have mastered all the sciences and bestowed teachings on fortunate disciples.

However, if the disciples do not practice these teachings, they become superficially learned, which only increases their arrogance.

They may develop some discipline, but it only increases their infatuation with their own virtue.

They may reach a high position, but it only propagates greed, aggression, and laziness.

These disciples have the same defects as ordinary people and so produce benefit neither for the dharma nor for sentient beings.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2011

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Mind (as well as metals and elements) may be transmuted,

from state to state; degree to degree;

condition to condition; pole to pole;

vibration to vibration.

True Hermetic Transmutation is a Mental Art.

The Kybalion,

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2011

Maintaining Mindfullness

Maintaining constant mindfulness in the practices of tranquility and insight, you will eventually be able to sustain the recognition of wisdom even in the midst of ordinary activities and distractions…

The practice of dharma should bring you to the point where you can maintain the same constant awareness whether in or out of practice sessions.

This is the quintessential point of all spiritual instruction.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Photo by Woodland Gnome
College Creek, Williamsburg, VA

The Buddha's Method:  Meditation

The method that the Buddha discovered is meditation. He discovered that struggling to find answers did not work. It was only when there were gaps in his struggle that insights came to him. He began to realize that there was a sane, awake quality within him that manifested itself only in the absence of struggle. So the practice of meditation involves “letting be.”

                                                             -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Do not make the mistake of imagining that the nature of mind is exclusive to our  mind only.  It is in fact the nature of everything.  It can never be said too often that to realize the nature of mind is to realize the nature of everything.

Sogyal Rinpoche