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#1518 Saturday, August 9, 2003

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  • Christiana Duranczyk
    NDH Issue # 1518 Saturday, August 9, 2003 Editor: Christiana Jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans has defined the discipline of improvisation as that of
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      Issue # 1518
      Saturday, August 9, 2003
      Editor: Christiana
      Jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans has defined the discipline of improvisation as “that of allowing".
      The largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere.

      A window into Buddhism. New York
      monastery welcomes visitors for tours,
      meditation. To help guests understand the principles and applications of the religion, the Great Buddha Hall has tables piled high with books ranging from "What the Buddha Taught," to "Finding Inner Peace." The books are available for visitors to take home.   -



      viorica weissman  NamoRamana@yahoogroups.com
               LAO TZU
      Mother of All Things
      The universe had a beginning
      Called the Mother of All Things.
      Once you have found the Mother
      You can know her children ...
      Having known the children,
      Hold tightly to the Mother.
      Your whole life will be preserved from peril.
      Open up the openings,
      Multiply your affairs,
      Your whole life will become a burden.
      Those who see the small are called clear-headed;
      Those who hold to gentleness are called strong.
      Use the light.
      Come home to your true nature.
      Don't cause yourself injury:
      This is known as seizing truth.

      Manuel V. Hernandez ANetofJewels@yahoogroups.com
      The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
      Karma is only a store of unspent energies, of
      unfulfilled desires, and fears not understood.
      The store is being constantly replenished by new
      desires and fears. It need not be so for ever.
      Understand the root cause of your
      fears-estrangement from yourself; and of desires
      the longing for the self, and your karma will
      dissolve like a dream.

      Forgetfulness of our true nature
      does not change our true nature.
      We are simply ignorant of it.
      Yet it is still there;
      we would not exist without it.

      - Ethan Walker
      The Mystic Christ

      Divine Madness
      "Everything is clapping today,
      All movement.
      A rabbit I pass pulls a cymbal
      From a hidden pocket
      Then winks.
      This causes a few planets and I
      To go nuts
      And start grabbing each other.
      Someone sees this,
      Calls a
      Tries to get me
      Being too
      Listen: this world is the lunatic's sphere,
      Don't always agree it's real.
      Even with my feet upon it
      And the postman knowing my door
      My address is somewhere else."

      From the book, "The Gift, Poems of Hafiz, The Great Sufi Master,"
      photo: Al Larus - Blue View

      Bill Viola: The Passions art exhibit
       Review: "Viola is most effective when
      the pieces are most pared down. My
      favorite work in the show is
      Catherine's Room, which is based on
      the painting of St. Catherine of Siena
      Praying done by Andrea di Bartolo in
      ca. 1393-94. Mostly because of its
      modesty and simplicity. Its small
      scale -- five panels, each about the
      size of a hardcover book -- is more
      intimate. It is a private view into the
      room of a woman performing the daily
      rituals of life in a single room from
      morning until night.

      Catherine's Room was a collaboration
      with the actress Weba Garrison, who
      plays the character of Catherine and
      is an actor in many of the pieces. She
      portrays a contemporary version of a
      saint, a pious woman, living in
      solitude, going through her day. Each
      panel represents a different time of
      day. Each action during the day is
      created mindfully, with great
      precision. If there is one piece in the
      show that truly embodies the spiritual
      journey, this is the one.

      art: Bill Viola Still from panel four of Catherine's Room


      Nondual activism news:

      Amongst the 193 people running for Governor of California is our friend Petros.

      PETROS' 2003 Platform for awakening change in California

      Petros' platform is modelled upon the ancient
      modality of the "Five Elements" -- Earth
      (including agriculture and conservation), air
      (including pollution and emission control), fire
      (energy production), water, and spirit (higher
      consciousness, the mind, education, and
      awareness of the interdependence of life).
      Also part of this idea is the timeless principle
      of "As Above, So Below" -- seeing the human
      individual as a microcosm of its society, and
      the society as a microcosm of the whole
      environment. -



      Art Review. Kathleen King: Soul Tracing. Her spontaneous paintings go beyond depth of color and seemingly random markings of circles, spirals, and lines, to invite the viewer to reflect on this struggle to be complete. -more-

      Kathleen King Artist’s Statement March 2003 

      Emotion Pictures 

      As individuals in a post-modern world, we find
      our deepest beings scarred and twisted by
      encounters with society and power, yet at the
      same time, experience moments of ecstasy
      and freedom that compel and renew. Within
      our fragmented psyches full of ambivalence
      and contradiction, we instinctively sense and
      desire some elusive center of wholeness.
      Through the action of painting, I chronicle my
      personal struggle as I move between
      contemporary dualities searching for an honest
      path to wholeness. My latest series,
      “Disappearing/Becoming”, is involved with this
      synthesis from the particular point of view of
      middle age. 

      art: Kathleen King - New Place to Start

      Lester Levenson  - Sedona Method

      Excerpt from "Happiness is Free," Vol. 3, p. 110. 

      All joys should be being what you are. We should never enjoy
      anything. In order to enjoy something, we have to go into the illusion
      of separateness. The joy should be independent of things,
      independent of people. 

      However, when one sees the truth, one can choose to enjoy; and the
      closer one gets to truth, the more one is capable of enjoying. One
      becomes sensitized, and everything becomes far more intense. But
      there's no need to go out and enjoy nature, because your basic
      nature is joy. You are the ultimate joy. 



      Sue and Hur Guler NondualitySalon@yahoogroups.com

      Sue: Thank you for replying to my post, I
      thought it wise to chill out for a few days
      before replying to your post.

      Hur: please don't chill out. we need your
      passion. some of us veterans who are engaged
      in the leisure of online spirituality "act as if"
      this sort of thing is not necessary for us but
      we really need people of your passion to light
      our fire...or we'll keep repeating, "there's no
      one here doing anything." as nisargadatta
      maharaj said, "myself and others, we appear
      and disappear in your world. we're all at your
      mercy." you gotta love nondual poetry. 

      Sue: When I look at the physical appearance
      of everything around, I have days when I am
      in awe of it, in those moments I see the
      appearance of nature as a miracle itself. 

      Hur: it's that calamity of "awe" that got us
      here and makes us write these words that
      desparetely wants to set itself free from the
      bondage of prose and sing the devotional
      songs without the imaginary Other. 

      Al Larus

      Today we went past the puffins cliffs,
      they have left for the summer and we
      sat down to rest here high above the
      sea. Then suddenly a white tailed
      eagle came from down below and
      passed us with a distance of 3 or 4
      meters. Now I have had a wish this
      summer to get a nice picture of an

      I have never ever been close to an
      eagle always seen them at a
      distance, the large white tailed eagle
      is easy to spot against the sky above
      the mountain top far away, or just
      above the waves down below. 

      So now finally it was here, catching
      me by surprise and disappearing
      above the mountain again before I
      could pick up my camera. 

      So I felt quite silly, praying dear
      eagle, please return.

      photo: Al Larus

      Sam Pasiencier NondualitySalon@yahoogroups.com

      Fw: from [Panhala] Eagle Poem -- Joy Harjo

      Eagle Poem

      To pray you open your whole self
      To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
      To one whole voice that is you.
      And know there is more
      That you can't see, can't hear
      Can't know except in moments
      Steadily growing, and in languages
      That aren't always sound but other
      Circles of motion.
      Like eagle that Sunday morning
      Over Salt River.  Circles in blue sky
      In wind, swept our hearts clean
      With sacred wings.
      We see you, see ourselves and know
      That we must take the utmost care
      And kindness in all things.
      Breathe in, knowing we are made of
      All this, and breathe, knowing
      We are truly blessed because we
      Were born, and die soon, within a
      True circle of motion,
      Like eagle rounding out the morning
      Inside us.
      We pray that it will be done
      In beauty.
      In beauty.

      ~ Joy Harjo ~

      Whimsical aphorisms forwarded to/from Jerry Katz

      Zen Juddhaism--- Oymmmmmmmmmmmmm Jewish Buddhism

      *Be here now.  Be someplace else later.  Is that so complicated?

      *Drink tea and nourish life. With the first sip,
      joy. With the second, satisfaction. With the
      third, Danish. 

      *The Buddha taught that one should practice
      lovingkindness to all sentient beings. Still,
      would it kill you to find a nice sentient being
      who happens to be Jewish? 

      *If there is no self, whose arthritis is this? 

      *Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.
      Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

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