#2403 - Saturday, February 25, 2006
Nondual Highlights Issue #2396, Saturday, February 18, 2006
Gloria asked me to pass this info along. The link she offered to the Spirit of Tibet in the Friday HLs is: http://www.buddhistmedia.com/default.asp?lang=eng
If you'd like to view the film, start here, click on archives for TV, go to 2001, its about the 4th down.
"...Of course, everyone is looking for peace of mind and
satisfaction in the heart, but they have no idea how to get it.
Their methods are through external development only. Even though
they really want peace and satisfaction, because of lack of
spiritual education, Dharma education, they don't have methods, they
don't have knowledge of practice.
So they end up just as the Rolling Stones sang: 'I can't get no
So from my point of view, unless you have renounced attachment you
will not find satisfaction. You could be living in life-time
retreat, or in the monastery or nunnery following the moral
disciplines, having sacrificed a lot of the pleasures of this life,
a lot of comfort, in order to live in pure morality, but if the mind
is still suffering, it's because it didn't renounce attachment, it
is not separated from attachment clinging to this life...
Practicing renunciation helps you become liberated from samsara, so
that's what you need, otherwise you experience suffering again and
again, without end.
And practicing the right view, emptiness: that's the best way of
taking care of yourself because it cuts the root of suffering.
And what else do you need? What is better than this? What else is
there that is better than this?"
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche, posted to DailyDharma
If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.
The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.
Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.
- Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching: Verse 57, translated by Stephen Mitchell, posted to AlphaWorld
and a million things leave no trace
and it flows through the galaxies
A fountain of 'light,'
into the very mind ...
Not a 'thing,'
and yet it 'appears' before me:
Now I 'know'
the pearl of the Spirit-nature
Know its use:
a boundless perfect sphere.
- Han-Shan, circa 630, posted to Poetic_Mysticism
THE SNOW-WORLD MELTS
Think of the phoenix coming up out of ashes,
but not flying off.
For a moment we have form.
We can't see.
How can we be conscious and you be conscious
at the same time and separate?
Copper when an alchemist works on it loses its copper
qualities. Seeds in Spring
begin to be trees, no longer seed. Brushwood
put in the fire changes. The snow-world melts.
You step in my footprint and it's gone.
It's not that I've done anything to deserve
this attention from you. Predestination
and freewill: We can argue them,
but they're only ideas. What's real
is a presence, like Shams.
- Rumi, Ghazal 3071. version by Coleman Barks, posted to Sunlight
You did not come forth seeking assignments to complete. You came forth for reason to flow, and to love and enjoy life. Even you you will return home at the end of any vacation, the idea of your holiday is not to complete it as quickly as possible so that you can check it off of your list. The idea of your vacation - and of this life experience - is to have a joyous experience.
- Abraham-Hicks Well Being Cards, posted to truevision