"In all things of nature there is something of the
Everything that is in the heavens,
on the earth
and under the earth
is penetrated with connectedness,
is penetrated with
~Hildegard of Bingen
via Tom McFerran
photo via Susan Lucey
The sparrow feeding among tall grasses,
no way inferior to old Shakiamuni:
Its unexcelled grasp of perfect
Evident in every chirp, and every peck.
The Decisive Experience
With your conduct unpredictable,
you make the
final leap into awareness
without the slightest basis for determining
what is spiritual or not - this bare state with
no reference point is
beyond the cage of philosophy.
Whether eating, moving around, lying down
or sitting, day and night you rest in infinite evenness -
the true nature of phenomena
as their equalness.
There are no gods to
worship, no demons to exorcise,
nothing to cultivate in meditation - this is
With this single state of evenness, there
a relaxed and unstructured openness.
How delightful - things
are timelessly ensured without
having to be done, and being free of effort
achievement, you are content.
via Daily Dharma by Amrita Nadi
photo by Mazie Lane
A whole new freshman class
of leaves has arrived
on the dark twisted branches
we call our woods, turning
green now—color of
anticipation. In my 76th year,
I know what time and weather
will do to every leaf.
But the camellia swells
to ivory at the window,
and the bleeding heart bleeds
by Linda Pastan, from Traveling Light. © W.W. Norton & Co.,
The liberating truth is not static; it is alive.
It cannot be put into concepts
and be understood by the mind. The truth lies
beyond all forms of
conceptual fundamentalism. What you are is the
present, here and now already. To be here, all you have to
do is let go of
who you think you are. That’s all! And then you realize,
"I’m here." Here is
where thoughts aren’t believed. Every time you come
here, you are
nothing. Radiantly nothing. Absolutely and eternally zero.
Emptiness that is
awake. Emptiness that is full. Emptiness that is