#4725 - Monday, October 8, 2012
- Editor: Gloria Lee
Whatever purifies you, is the correct road,
I will try not to define it.
"Imagine training your mind so that when you
look at every single living being,
you think, 'My enlightenment depends on
The drunk who just got on the bus--my
enlightenment depends on him.
The soldier in Iraq--my enlightenment depends on
My brothers and sisters, the teller at the bank,
the janitor at my workplace, the
president of the United States, the suicide
bombers in the Middle East, the slug
in my garden, my eighth-grade
boyfriend, the babysitter when I was a kid--my
enlightenment depends on each
All sentient beings are actually that precious
~ Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron
From the book, "Cultivating a Compassionate
Heart: The Yoga Method of
Chenrezig," published by Snow Lion Publications.
via Daily Dharma
Never, never be afraid to do what's right,
especially if the well-being of a
person or animal is at stake. Society's
punishments are small compared to the
wounds we inflict on our soul when we
look the other way.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
photo by Alan Larus, "Under The
from Merton's 'The Way of Chuang
*the true man*
What is meant by a "true man"?
The true men of old were not
When they stood alone in their views.
No great exploits. No
If they failed, no sorrow.
No self-congratulation in
They scaled cliffs, never dizzy,
Plunged in water, never
Walked through fire and were not burnt.
Thus their knowledge reached
all the way
The true men of old
Slept without dreams,
Their food was plain.
They breathed deep.
True men breathe
from their heels.
Others breathe with their gullets,
They heave up arguments
Where the fountains of passion
The heavenly springs
The true men of old knew no zest for life,
No dread of death.
entrance was without gladness,
Their exit, yonder,
Easy come, easy go.
They did not forget where
they came from,
Nor ask where to,
Nor drive grimly forward
their way through life.
They took life as it came, gladly;
They took death
as it came, without care,
And went away yonder,
They had no mind to fight Tao.
They did not try, by their own
To help Tao along.
These are the ones we call true men.
Minds free, thoughts gone
Brows clear, faces serene.
Were they cool?
Only cool as autumn.
Were they hot? No hotter than spring.
All that came
out of them
Came quiet, like the four seasons.
[the character Merton translates in the traditional manner as "man" is
gender neutral, and should be read as such]
Terry Murphy on Nonduality Salon