22.3.05

When you observe your mind with penetration,
Stir not ardent passion nor attachment
Lest the devil of desire possess you.
Son, rest at east and without hope.

Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa

21.3.05

enlightened knowledge

There are those with enlightened knowledge: this is not knowledge by birth, or knowledge by learning: it is beginningless in here, having transcended the bounds of self and other, it is being unbound by knowledge of self and other.

Dogen; Rational Zen

Be an ant

Live in the world like an ant. The world contains a mixture of truth and untruth, sugar and sand. Be an ant and take the sugar.

Ramakrishna

18.3.05

moderation

The joy of health abides in the man who eats moderately.
Even so, the pain of illness dwells with him who eats excessively.

The thoughtless glutton who gorges himself beyond
His digestive fire's limits will be consumed by limitless ills.

Tirukkural 95:946-947

I am happy

Sleeping, sitting, walking,
Nothing good or bad befalls me.

I sleep, I sit, I walk,
And I am happy.

Ashtavakra Gita 13:5

15.3.05

Tao Te Ching

"Fill your bowl to the brim, and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about other's approval and you will be their prisoner."

Lao Tzu

A jug of tears

People shed a whole jug of tears for wife and children. They swim in tears for money. But who weeps for God? Cry to Him with a real cry.

Ramakrishna

14.3.05

Pleasures

These pleasures last but until tomorrow,
And they wear out the vital powers of life.
How fleeting is all life on earth! Therefore
Keep your horses and chariots, dancing
And music, for yourself. Never can mortals
Be made happy by wealth.

Katha Upanishad

Those with enlightened knowledge

There are those with enlightened knowledge: this is not knowledge by birth, or knowledge by learning: it is beginningless in here, having transcended the bounds of self and other, it is being unbound by knowledge of self and other.

Dogen

13.3.05

Proverb

The world is a theatre of love.


Kashmiri Proverb

12.3.05

Self-Interest

Sakka asked: "What is the cause of self-interest?"

The Buddha answered: "It is perception of the world as one's object."

"How does one overcome this perception of the world as apart from oneself?"

"By acting for the increase of goodness and happiness. It is in this way that the world ceases to be one's object."

Digha Nikaya

Love your true Self

Love your true Self,
Which is naturally happy
And peaceful and bright!

Awaken to your own nature,
And all delusion melts like a dream.


Ashtavakra Gita 18:1

9.3.05

Zen is your original face

Zen is your original face; there is no special Zen to study other than this. And there is nothing to see or hear either—the totality of this seeing and hearing is Zen; outside of Zen, no other seeing or hearing can be found.

Ming-pen

Between the pillars of spirit and matter...

Between the pillars of spirit and matter the mind has put up a swing.
There swings the bound soul and all the worlds with not even the slightest rest.
The sun and moon also swing, and there is no end to it.
The soul swings through millions of births like the endless circling of sun and moon.
Billions of ages have passed with no sigh of relief.
The earth and sky swing,
Wind and water swing,
Taking a body, God Himself swings.

Kabir

8.3.05

All…phenomena are intrinsically void and yet this Mind with which they are identical is no mere nothingness.

Huang Po

turn outward...

The self-existent Lord pierced the senses
To turn outward. Thus we look to the world
Outside and see not the Self within us.
A sage withdrew his senses from the world
Of change and, seeking immortality,
Looked within and beheld the deathless Self.

Katha Upanishad

7.3.05

Is God a Pacifist?

Exploring the Meaning of Peace, Nonviolence, and Pacifism in a Post 9/11 World
by Carter Phipps


"Once you start using violence, there is no way back," the young peace protestor said to me, his eyes shining with conviction. "Bush is determined to drag us into war in Iraq, and we have to stop it."

"I'm not anxious to go to war either," I replied, but even as I said the words, I could hear the uncertainty in my voice. "I'm just not sure that peace is the answer..."

For the first time, I noticed the sign that the protestor was carrying. Scrawled with magic marker on white cardboard was the phrase: God is on the side of peace. "Do you really think God is on the side of peace?" I asked. "Well, let me put it this way," he said with a smile. "I'm quite sure that he's not on the side of war."

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When Democracy Failed--2005

The Warnings of History

This weekend--February 27th--is the 72nd anniversary, but the corporate media most likely won't cover it. The generation that experienced this history firsthand is now largely dead, and only a few of us dare hear their ghosts.

It started when the government, in the midst of an economic crisis, received reports of an imminent terrorist attack. A foreign ideologue had launched feeble attacks on a few famous buildings, but the media largely ignored his relatively small efforts. The intelligence services knew, however, that the odds were he would eventually succeed. (Historians are still arguing whether or not rogue elements in the intelligence service helped the terrorist. Some, like Sefton Delmer--a London Daily Express reporter on the scene--say they certainly did not, while others, like William Shirer, suggest they did.)

But the warnings of investigators were ignored at the highest levels, in part because the government was distracted; the man who claimed to be the nation's leader had not been elected by a majority vote and the majority of citizens claimed he had no right to the powers he coveted.

He was a simpleton, some said, a cartoon character of a man who saw things in black-and-white terms and didn't have the intellect to understand the subtleties of running a nation in a complex and internationalist world.

His coarse use of language--reflecting his political roots in a southernmost state--and his simplistic and often-inflammatory nationalistic rhetoric offended the aristocrats, foreign leaders, and the well-educated elite in the government and media. And, as a young man, he'd joined a secret society with an occult-sounding name and bizarre initiation rituals that involved skulls and human bones...

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The Three Qualities

Great Faith.
Great Doubt.
Great Effort.

The Three Qualities Necessary for Training

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If you want to know

If you want to know what you did
in your past life,
observe your present condition;
if you want to know what your
future condition will be,
observe your present actions.

The Buddha

Breath by Breath

All this can sound rather esoteric --
rapture, bliss, impermanence, lack of self--
and it is important not to let the practice
become a cluster of words up in your head.
You don't want to create an image of yourself,
a stone Buddha like those you see around various
centers, always sitting in the lotus posture
and discerning marvelous wisdom.
The whole point of a book like this, of retreats
and classes, of sitting practice itself, is for you
to take the practice into everyday life,
to practice moment to moment.
You can learn everything I've said
just as well by cleaning the toilet.

Larry Rosenberg,
from ~ "Breath by Breath" The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation"

Breath by Breath

All this can sound rather esoteric --
rapture, bliss, impermanence, lack of self--
and it is important not to let the practice
become a cluster of words up in your head.
You don't want to create an image of yourself,
a stone Buddha like those you see around various
centers, always sitting in the lotus posture
and discerning marvelous wisdom.
The whole point of a book like this, of retreats
and classes, of sitting practice itself, is for you
to take the practice into everyday life,
to practice moment to moment.
You can learn everything I've said
just as well by cleaning the toilet.

Larry Rosenberg,
from ~ "Breath by Breath" The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation"

Light A Candle - a guided, interactive ritual

In many different traditions lighting candles is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. Why should cyberspace not be sacred?

You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this website. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention. From here on, you will be guided step by step.

via~ ol@injournals

If you desire the world

If you desire the world,
You may try to renounce it
In order to escape sorrow.

Instead, renounce desire!
Then you will be free of sorrow,
And the world will not trouble you.

Ashtavakra Gita 16:9

Let us rise up and be thankful...

Let us rise up and be thankful,
for if we didn’t learn a lot today,
at least we learned a little,
and if we didn’t learn a little,
at least we didn’t get sick,
and if we got sick,
at least we didn’t die;
so, let us be thankful.

The Buddha

5.3.05

Water...

Water is sufficient to cleanse the body,
But only truthfulness will purify the mind.

Not all lamps are effective lamps.
The lamp of nonlying is the wise man's lamp.

Among all great truths which we have ever beheld,
Not one can equal the goodness of veracity.

Tirukkural, 30: 298-300

2.3.05

Strike at the root of a tree

Strike at the root of a tree; it would bleed
But still live. Strike at the trunk; it would bleed
But still live. Strike again at the top;
It would bleed but still live. The Self as life
Supports the tree, which stands firm and enjoys
The nourishment it receives.
If the Self leaves one branch, that branch withers.
If it leaves a second, that too withers.
If it leaves a third, that again withers.
Let it leave the whole tree, the whole tree dies.
Just so, dear one, when death comes and the Self
Departs from the body, the body dies.
But the Self dies not.

Chandogya Upanishad

1.3.05

Enlightenment

Chop that wood
Carry water
What's the sound of one hand clapping
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

Every second, every minute
It keeps changing to something different
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It says it's non attachment
Non attachment, non attachment

I'm in the here and now, and I'm meditating
And still I'm suffering but that's my problem
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

Wake up

Enlightenment says the world is nothing
Nothing but a dream, everything's an illusion
And nothing is real

Good or bad baby
You can change it anyway you want
You can rearrange it
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
Chop that wood
And carry water
What's the sound of one hand clapping
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

All around baby, you can see
You're making your own reality, everyday because
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

One more time

Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It's up to you
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It's up to you, everyday
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It's always up to you
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It's up to you, the way you think

Van Morrison