#2436 - Sunday, April 2, 2006 - Editor: Gloria
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When a thing has been said and said well, have no
scruple. Take it and copy it.
Above the tower -- a lone, twice-sized
On the cold river passing night-filled homes,
It scatters restless
gold across the waves.
On mats, it shines richer than silken gauze.
Empty peaks, silence: among sparse stars,
Not yet flawed, it drifts.
Pine and cinnamon
Spreading in my old garden . . . All light,
thousand miles at once in its light!
Tu Fu (712-770)
Seeing the Moon
A Zen poem says, "After the wind stops I see a flower falling. Because of
the singing bird I find the mountain calmness." Before something happens in the
realm of calmness, we do not feel the calmness; only when something happens
within it do we find the calmness. There is a Japanese saying, "For the moon;
there is the cloud. For the flower there is the wind." When we see a part of the
moon covered by a cloud, or a tree, or a weed, we feel how round the moon is.
But when we see the clear moon without anything covering it, we do not feel that
roundness the same way we do when we see it through something else. When you are
doing zazen, you are within the complete calmness of your mind; you do not feel
anything. You just sit. But the calmness of your sitting will encourage you in
your everyday life.... Even though you do not feel anything when you sit, if you
do not have this zazen experience, you cannot find anything; you just find
weeds, or trees, or clouds in your daily life; you do not see the moon.
--Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind
by Tara Brach
The Buddha taught that holding on to
a sense of being the observer, obscures the full
of awareness. At these times, [...] we can pull the curtain
this faint aura of self-ness by asking, "Who is aware?"
We might also ask,
"What is aware?" or, "Who am I?" or,
"Who is thinking?'' We bring mindfulness
itself. We *look into* awareness. By inquiring and
looking into awareness, we can cut through and dispel the
illusions of self that have held us separate and
From "A Taste of
Freedom" by Ajahn Chah
It's of great importance that we practice
the Dhamma. If we
don't practice, then all our knowledge is only
knowledge, just the outer shell of it. It's as if we have
sort of fruit but we haven't eaten it yet. Even though we have
fruit in our hand we get no benefit from it. Only through
the actual eating
of the fruit we really know its taste.
The Buddha didn't praise those who
others, he praised the person who knows within
Just as with that fruit, if we have tasted it already, we
have to ask anyone else if it's sweet or sour. Our problems
over. Why are they over? Because we see according to
the truth. One who has
realized the Dhamma is like one
who has realized the sweetness or sourness of
the fruit. All
doubts are ended right here.
When we talk about Dhamma,
although we may say a
lot, it can usually be brought down to four things.
simply to know suffering, to know the cause of suffering,
the end of suffering and to know the path of practice
leading to the end of
suffering. This is all there is. All
that we have experienced on the path of
practice so far
comes down to these four things. When we know
things, our problems are over.
Free and Easy
by Ven. Lama Gendun Rinpoche
Happiness cannot be
through great effort and willpower,
but is already present, in
and letting go.
Don't strain yourself;
there is nothing
Whatever arises in the mind
has no importance at all,
has no reality whatsoever.
Don't become attached to it;
and pass judgement upon it.
Let the entire game happen on its
springing up and falling back like waves -
without changing or
manipulating anything -
and everything vanishes and reappears,
Only our searching for happiness
us from seeing it.
It's like a rainbow which you pursue
Although it does not exist,
it has always been there
accompanies you every instant.
Don't believe in the reality
of good and bad
they are like rainbows in the sky.
Wanting to grasp the
you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you open and relax
space is there - open, inviting and comfortable.
make use of this spaciousness, this freedom
and natural ease.
Don't go into the tangled jungle
looking for the great
who is already quietly at home.
Nothing to do,
nothing to want -
and everything happens by
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