#1600 - Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - Editor:
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What To Do
By Bob Rose
Practice concentration on an object, sensation, or concept
minutes twice a day. Merge and emerge into meditation.
In the other 23:20,
be in a meditative mode. Practice
mindfulness and being empty of mind.
Enquire into "Who am I".
Discriminate between the real, eternal and
infinite, and the
illusionary and temporary. Be dispassionate as you witness
your ever changing thoughts, physical sensations, and
the breath with pranayama. Chant a
mantra/OM. Do affirmations. Eat, sleep
and drink as your body
needs, not as your tongue, habits, ego or desires
Recognize and break free from compulsive behaviors. Be
selfless, humble, and compassionate. Be generous, charitable
to forgive others and yourself. Get over being
upset ASAP. Don't carry anger
or revenge or anything else
that disturbs your peace. Don't rehash the past
about the future. Do yoga, martial arts or some physical
activity. Appreciate the freedom that "Thy will be done"
brings to you.
Detach yourself from the people, places, and
things that take your peace
away. Spend time in nature. Be
kind to all, and helpful to animals, children
and our elders.
Study scriptures and books of wisdom. Have a sincere burning
desire for liberation. Be patient. Dedicate your actions to
divinity. Flow with visions and powers as they come and
let them go as they
go. Witness the Witness in silence. If a
teacher comes to you, learn.
Limitless in the eternal, finite
in the body, don't squander energy or time.
Have fun, enjoy,
(This has been a sneak preview from the new Inner
Traveler magazine, not yet on newsstands, published with permission.
Along with The Highlights and Noumenon
magazine, Inner Traveler, which focuses on
meditation, is one of three independent (i.e., not affiliated
with a specific school of thought, self-proclaimed guru, or
religion) nonduality publications of which this editor is aware.
God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying,
- Joseph Campbell
To take it
There are also the several tree gods I have seen,
in three states.
And there is the tree who hugged me
exactly in proportion to the energy of my embrace.
forgave me for snapping a dying limb with my foot,
in my greed.
(I went to the desert for awakening among the rocks
vastness, and found it was the "high desert",
full of trees.)
Rootedness, they said.
The unseen (wind) manifest in
the movement of our leaves
Sound, violent and
gentle sound, then utter silence, in cycles.
(sun) and rain, smell of Ponderosa
like vanilla, like mocha-dirt.
Yield of pinecones, so many eyes and eyelashes when we
apart, such a soft and tickly touch.
And comfort!, they said,
yielding their wooden furniture
to the press of my
Holding me, without thought.
Bark, like skin,
peeling off, shedding what once protected
but is no longer necessary, as they
A new ring inside, a new strength, a new vulnerability
as we grow taller, closer to the sky and the inevitability
Less yielding in our age, we are more likely to snap.
Death and life together in a single tree,
More and more
From: 'Mysticism of Now' by Rafael
Relationship is one of the most beautiful and spiritual
endeavors of the human soul. This is how we learn to
love God aright-in
relationship with our sister, our
brother, and our environment. We need to
deeply about the nature of relationship.
As we begin to
reflect we will soon discover how to agree,
how to have empathy and how to
express our disagreements
and anger creatively. We will learn to see and
beyond appearances, and we will learn when to be silent
when to speak. As we relate consciously not unconsciously-
beyond words and thoughts, of the relationship of
oneness will one day
become manifest. Then, slowly but surely,
we will begin to witness the work
of God in our sister, in our
son, in our neighbor, and in the foreign family
living on the
other side of the railroad tracks. Christ begins to shine as
the human being who happens to be your neighbor. It is here
depth of relationship is revealed when Silence speaks.
"Although the true nature of beings
is always the Buddha
essence, still we always wander in the ceaseless wheel
life, not understanding that. May infinite compassion arise
limitless suffering of all beings.
Although this infinite compassion is
strong and unceasing,
the truth of its empty nature arises nakedly the very
it appears. This union of emptiness and compassion is the
faultless way. May we meditate inseparable from it,
the whole time, day and
May we attain the state of Buddha
realization, and completion, and develop beings through
divine eyes and clear sight arising through the power of
we realize the Buddha fields and fulfill the
wishing prayer of the
perfection of the Buddha qualities.
You Buddhas and Bodhisattvas from the
ten directions, through
your compassion and through the power of all the
good that exists, may the pure wishing prayers of ourselves
all beings be fulfilled, just as they were made."
~Karmapa Rangjung Dorje
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their
souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
breath goes now," and some say, "No,"
So let us melt, and make no
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our
Moving of the earth brings harms and fears,
reckon what it did and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.
Dull sublunary lovers'
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it
Those things which elemented it.
But we, by a
love so much refined
That our selves know not what it
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips, and
hands to miss.
Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion.
Like gold to airy thinness beat.
If they be two, they are two
As stiff twin compasses are two:
Thy soul, the fixed foot,
makes no show
To move, but doth, if the other do;
though it in the center sit,
Yet when the other far doth
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as
that comes home.
Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
the other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle
And makes me end where I begun.
No man is an Island, entire of itself; every
man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by
the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a
manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the
bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
John Donne, Meditation XVII
(John Donne contributed to NDS by Ben
I stole the life
giving light of the gods,
Abiding as I AM now,
The rage of Zeus,
Can I endure.
(contributed to NDS by Ben
from the Buddhists Community on Live Journal
(authors are unidentified)
...Soto Zen tradition preferably, without all
I'm not looking for frills and pretense, I want a place where I
I do this at home, but I've been considering finding myself a place
with a teacher... it may be something I need, not sure to be
Any suggestions for a place to go a few times
a week in New York City, closer to Brooklyn would be great, or in Brooklyn, but
like I said, no frills and dazzle, just sitting zazen.
you are welcome to join us!
I was very impressed with Ordinary Mind Zendo
when I visited Manhattan. The teacher, Barry Magid, studied under Charlotte Joko
Beck, and seems to be quite clear of frills and dazzle. It might be a bit out of
your way, but it's worth a visit at least. http://www.ordinarymind.com/
for women who run with
3. Rove inbetween
4. Render loyalty
5. Love the
6. Cavort in the Moonlight
7. Tune your ears
Attend to the bones
9. Make love
10. Howl often
Because what I really wanted to say is...
The walk this morning was wonderful....the
world, in its
newly acquired frosty mask, was smiling at me.
reality seems full of presence when I can let my mind
settle down enough.
Yoga helps with that. Its like, after a
while, a light goes on in an inner
room that you always know
is there, but somehow you don't get to visit it
wander the streets a lot. Or go out in the country
for a walk in woods where
leaves are falling. But I'm not
unhappy. Just a little too frantic at the
meditate or even when I walk, there is no one there,
inside here. And that's
good. Losing your self is good.
realizing that awareness is all around you
Everywhere, the world is alive and aware. Awareness looks
inward where I am one of the sights, but by no means a
Just some guy breathing while he looks back.
Yeah, I have
a lot of deep insights. But that doesn't find
you your hat and gloves on a
cold frosty morning.