Some critic tried to put me down -
lack the Basic Truth of Tao."
And I recall the old timers
Who were poor
and didn't care.
I have to laugh at him,
He misses the point
Men like that
Ought to stick to making money.
~Hanshan [Cold Mountain]
Moss Garden, Japan
In one spark of fire
there is the whole
it can ignite
whole cities and nations
That's how the Truth
of one Person
can shake the whole earth.
- Swami Amar Jyoti
via Along The Way
I have been in love more times than one,
the Lord. Sometimes it was lasting
whether active or not. Sometimes
all but ephemeral, maybe only
an afternoon, but not less real for
They stay in my mind, these beautiful people,
or anyway beautiful
people to me, of which
there are so many. You, and you, and you,
had the fortune to meet, or maybe
missed. Love, love, love, it was
core of my life, from which, of course, comes
the word for the heart.
And, oh, have I mentioned
that some of them were men and some were
and some—now carry my revelation with you—
were trees. Or places. Or
music flying above
the names of their makers. Or clouds, or the sun
was the first, and the best, the most
loyal for certain, who looked so
my eyes, every morning. So I imagine
such love of the
world—its fervency, its shining, its
innocence and hunger to give of itself—I
this is how it began.
and then I read the news about mary oliver,
who is "seriously ill."
oh, so many of us have been touched, transformed
and nurtured by
may we all send mary our deepest aloha, aroha,
love, and/or whatever
arises when we hold her in our hearts~
endless love to all of you Beloveds,
"The particular method of Dzogchen is called the Path of
Self-Liberation, and to apply it nothing need be renounced, purified, or
transformed. Whatever arises as one's karmic vision is used as the
~Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
From the book, "The Crystal and the Way of Light", published by Snow
via Daily Dharma
To the extent that the fire of truth wipes out all fixated points of view,
it wipes out inner contradictions as well, and we begin to move in a
whole different way. The Way is the flow that comes from a place of
non-contradiction - not from good and bad. Much less damage tends to
done from that place. Once we have reached the phase where there
is no fixed
self-concept, we tend to lead a selfless life. The only way to
is to be self less - without a self. No matter what it does, a
going to be selfless. It can pretend. It can approximate
selflessness, but a
self is never going to be selfless because there is
always an identified
personal self at the root of it.
Being selfless isn't a good, holy, or noble activity. It's simply that when
there is no self, selflessness happens. This selflessness is very different
from having a moralistic standpoint. When action is selfless, it tends to
do no harm. It tends to be the salvation, the secret alchemy that
awakens and removes conflict. It's a byproduct of not having a self. It
just so happens that reality is overflowing with goodness and love.
This is radical emptiness - where everything is arising spontaneously.
There is no more need to discriminate with the mind between what
to be the right thing or the wrong thing to do. In ego-land it's
have an ego that can discriminate between right and wrong,
but at a certain
point, that's not what you are operating by. You are
operating by the flow
of the Tao, which is a higher order of
intelligence. You don't need to
intellectually discriminate anymore
because the Tao discriminates without
discriminating; it knows without
knowing; it moves without moving. There is
no sense of being
enlightened or unenlightened. Since there is no self,
there is nothing to
be enlightened or unenlightened.
We can talk about enlightened beings and non-enlightened beings, and
conceptually that has a use. But when there is no self, when there is
radical emptiness, the whole enlightenment thing is sort of irrelevant
because reality has become conscious of itself, which is enlightenment.
That's what is often missed. People believe that enlightenment is an
improvement on reality, like becoming a super human being or
God-knows-what. But enlightenment is when reality is awake to itself
itself within itself.
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