#2514 - Sunday, July 2, 2006 -
Editor: Gloria Lee
A student once said: "When I was a Buddhist,
it drove my parents and friends crazy,
but when I am a buddha, nobody is upset at all."
Jon Kabat-Zinn, in Wherever You Go, There You Are
Have confidence in your own spiritual potentiality, your ability
to find your own unique way. Learn from others certainly, and use what you find
useful, but also learn to trust your own inner wisdom. Have courage. Be awake
and aware. Remember too that Buddhism is not about being a Buddhist; that is,
obtaining a new identity tag. Nor is it about collecting head-knowledge,
practices and techniques. It is ultimately about letting go of all forms and
concepts and becoming free.
-- John Snelling, in Elements of
Most perceived problems merely become
problems because we believe they are so. This is true even of extremes such as
disease, old age, and death, which are after all universal and inevitable. It's
equally true of the sorrow and grief that often accompany these events. To
define the universal experiences of our species as problems is to define the
whole human life system as a problem. And when something is seen as a problem,
you feel compelled to do something about it. A problem, like a leaking faucet or
a flat tire, is something that needs to be fixed. You can exhaust your life in
the effort to fix it.
-- Lin Jensen, in Bad Dog!
Eventually we will find (mostly
in retrospect, of course) that we can be very grateful to those people who have
made life most difficult for us.
-Ayya Khema, "When the Iron Eagle
I believe in all that has never yet
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has
dared to wish for
may for once spring
without my contriving.
If this is arrogant, God, forgive
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with
Then in these swelling and ebbing
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as
no one ever has,
streaming through widening
into the open sea.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
(Rilkes Book of Hours:Love Poems to
God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)
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