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#1538 - Friday, August 29, 2003 - Editor: Gloria

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    #1538 - Friday, August 29, 2003 - Editor: Gloria Your Karma is your Dharma. ~ Ram Dass Zen Master Huang-po Many people are afraid to empty their minds lest
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      #1538 - Friday, August 29, 2003 - Editor: Gloria
      Your Karma
      your Dharma.

      ~ Ram Dass
      Zen Master Huang-po
      Many people are afraid to empty their minds
      lest they plunge into the Void.
      They do not know that their own Mind is the Void.
      The ignorant eschew phenomena but not thought;
      the wise eschew thought but not phenomena.
      It is most urgent that you seek real, true perception,
      So you can be free in the world
      And not confused by ordinary practitioners.
      It is best to have no obsessions.
      Just don’t be contrived.
      Simply be normal.
      You impulsively seek elsewhere,
      Looking to others for your own hands and feet.
      This is already mistaken.

      - Linji (d. 867)
      Zen Saying
      Heroes become Buddhas with 1 Thought,
      but lazy people are given the 3 Collections of Scriptures (The Tripitaka) to
      work through.
      Zen Proverb
      If you have sentiments about Buddhist teaching,
      it becomes a worldly thing.
      If you have no sentiments about worldly things,
      they become Buddhist teaching.
      from "Wen-tzu" trans Cleary:


      Wen-tzu asked: Can people speak of the subtle?
      Lao-tzu said: Why not? But only if you know what words mean. Those
      who know what words mean do not speak with words. Those who struggle for
      fish get wet, those who chase animals run, it is not that they like
      it. Therefore ultimate words depart from words, ultimate action departs
      from action. What people of a shallow knowledge compete for is
      trivial. Words have a source, events have a leader. It is because
      contrivance has no knowledge that I do not claim to know.
      If you touch one thing
      with deep awareness,
      you touch everything.

      ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
      The Chapter: "Bodhisattva Never Despise" from the Lotus Sutra
      (Bodhisattva Never Despise said the words to EVERYONE He met)
      I deeply revere YOU.
      I dare not slight and condemn you.
      Because you all walk in the Bodhisattva-way and are to become Buddhas.
       Along the Way
        ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `

              Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
              Without looking through the window, you may see the
              ways of heaven.
              The further you go, the less you know.

              Thus the sage knows without traveling;
              He sees without looking;
              He works without doing.
                                     - Lao-tzu

              ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
      Tao Te Ching
      Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English
      Vintage Books Edition, September 1972

      Steve Toth ~ Rumi-Hafiz

      The messages of the trees
           is hard to talk about
      because it doesn't come in words
           but in endless variations
           of unfolding action
      It's one thing to declare the skies open
           & another to provide
           the wings necessary for flying
      Poetry is both fight & flight
      Simply unleashing the voice
           of something incomprehensible
           can be the source of its own unfolding

      One way to shock people
           is to give them a sense
           of how beautiful they are
      Another is to give them something to think about
      Only the language of love is strong enough
           to make it through all
      the tangles of confusion that make
           our lives so entwining
      Let these words grow as the trees do
           into the earth & sky at once
      As long as there are trees growing
           there's hope for the human race
           We're wild enough to know that

      Melton Lake
      more photos by the_summer_wind :http://www.livejournal.com/community/landscape/127414.html
      Gill Eardley ~ Allspirit Inspiration

      Chuang Tzu:
      If a man is crossing a river and an empty boat collides with his own skiff,
      even though he be a bad-tempered man he will not become very angry.
      But if he sees a man in the boat, he will shout at him to steer clear.
      If the shout is not heard, he will shout again, and yet again, and begin
      And all because there is somebody in the boat.
      Yet if the boat were empty, he would not be shouting, and not angry.

      If you can empty your own boat crossing the river of the world,
      no one will oppose you, no one will seek to harm you....

      Who can free himself from achievement, and from fame, descend and be lost
      amid the masses of men?
      He will flow like Tao, unseen, he will go about like Life itself with no
      name and no home.
      Simple is he, without distinction. To all appearances he is a fool.
      His steps leave no trace. He has no power. He achieves nothing, has no

      Since he judges no one, no one judges him.
      Such is the perfect man:
      His boat is empty.

      Gill Eardley ~ Rumi-Hafiz

      Abandon being loved by people and practice loving God,
      you who have such a high opinion of yourself.
      You are really more silent than the night;
      how long will you seek a buyer for your words?
      Your hearers nod their heads in your presence,
      but you waste your time in your passion to draw them near.
      You say to me, "Don't be so envious,"
      but how should I envy one who possesses nothing?
      Instruction given to the worthless is like sketching in dust.
      Instruct yourself in love of God and spiritual insight-
      that endures like a pattern carved on solid stone.
      Your own self is the only pupil ever really faithful to you.
      All the others perish: where will you seek them, where?
      While trying to make others erudite and eminent,
      you are ruining yourself and draining what knowledge you have.
      But when your heart is one with Reality,
      you may speak, and not be afraid of becoming empty.
      And so the Divine command, "Recite!" came to the Prophet,
      saying, "O righteous one, this will not fail: it is an infinite ocean."

      ~Rumi, Masnavi V:3189-3198

      'Jewels of Remembrance'
      Selected and Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski

      Allspirit Website:


      Tony O'Clery ~ Million Paths
      Daily Words of the Buddha
       August 29, 2003
      Whose mind is like rock, steady, unmoved,
       dispassionate for things that spark passion,
       unangered by things that spark anger:
       When one's mind is developed like this,
       from where can there come suffering & stress? 
      Udana IV, 4

      Viorica Weissman ~ Million Paths
      Before leaving South India, Mr. Wright and I made a pilgrimage
      to the holy hill of Arunachala near Tiruvannamalai to meet
      Sri Ramana Maharshi . At his ashram the sage welcomed us
      affectionately and pointed to a nearby stack of East-West
      magazines. During the hours that we spent with him
      and his disciples, he was mostly silent, his gentle face
      radiating divine love and wisdom.
      To help suffering humanity regain its forgotten state of perfection,
      Sri Ramana teaches that one should constantly ask himself
      "Who am I?" - the Great Inquiry indeed.  By stern rejection of all
      other thoughts the devotee soon finds himself going deeper and
      deeper into the true Self, and the sidetracking bewilderments of
      other thoughts cease to arise. The illumined rishi of South India 
      has written :
       Dualities and trinities on something do hang,
       Supportless they never appear;
       That support searched for, they loosen and fall.
       There is the Truth. Who sees that never wavers.
                 taken from
                          Autobiography of a Yogi 
                          Paramahansa Yogananda   

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