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    #2601 - Sunday, October 1, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee The Nondual Highlights Archive, Search Engine, and How to Contribute Your Writing:
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      #2601 - Sunday, October 1, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee
      The Nondual Highlights

      Archive, Search Engine, and How to Contribute Your Writing: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm
      Happy is one who knows samsara and nirvana are not two.

      --Milarepa, "Drinking the Mountain Stream"

      Kurt Vonnegut, from A Man Without a Country
      Dear Fellow-reader:
      The October issue of the TAT Forum is now on-line at www.tatfoundation.org/forum.htm
      This issue includes: Inner Guidance by Jim Burns | Richard Rose on Controlling the Mind by Art Ticknor | The Light of Friendship by Bob Fergeson | A Relentless Man by Gary Harmon | Bernadette Roberts Retreat by Kiffy Purvis and Doug White | Poems by Shawn Nevins | Humor | Reader Commentary
      Note: A previous NDhighlights also had a review (by two completely different people) of a Bernadette Roberts retreat, for comparison.  http://www.nonduality.com/hl2542.htm

      A reader contribution from Rick Grunwald


      After seeing the "Free Hugs" video I found this - it may be of interest


      Enlightenment is liberation from the dross of learning
      and experience  that, without one's being aware of it,
      has accumulated and settled like so  much
      sediment--or like cholesterol into one's arteries! It is the
      vivid,  lively manifestation of the heart with which one is
      born--the heart that is  no-form, no-mind, nonabiding,
      attached neither to form nor to thought,  but in dynamic
      motion. Consequently, enlightenment is not an
      endpoint, but  rather a place to start. 

      --Soko Morinaga in Novice to Master 

      Enlightenment is a way of saying that all things are
      seen in their intrinsic empty nature, their Suchness,
      their ungraspable wonder. Names or words are merely
      incidental, but that state which sees no division, no
      duality, is enlightenment.

      --Prajnaparamita From "Buddha Speaks," edited by
      Anne Bancroft, 2000


      First forget what time it is
      for an hour
      do it regularly every day

      then forget what day of the week it is
      do this regularly for a week
      then forget what country you are in
      and practice doing it in company
      for a week
      then do them together
      for a week
      with as few breaks as possible

      follow these by forgetting how to add
      or to subtract
      it makes no difference
      you can change them around
      after a week
      both will help you later
      to forget how to count

      forget how to count
      starting with your own age
      starting with how to count backward
      starting with even numbers
      starting with Roman numerals
      starting with fractions of Roman numerals
      starting with the old calendar
      going on to the old alphabet
      going on to the alphabet
      until everything is continuous again

      go on to forgetting elements
      starting with water
      proceeding to earth
      rising in fire

      forget fire
      --W.S. Merwin from Migration: New and Selected Poems

      Ten Things To Be Understood

      by Gampopa

      Understand that outer appearances are unreal
      because they are mistaken.
      Understand that inner mind is empty
      because it is devoid of self-identity.
      Understand that thoughts are momentary
      because they occur due to conditions.
      Understand that both your physical body and your voice are
      because they are conditioned.
      Understand that the consequences of your actions are inevitable
      because all pleasure and pain of sentient beings results from karma.
      Understand that pain is your spiritual friend
      because it is the cause of renunciation.
      Understand that pleasure and happiness is the demon of attachment
      because it is the root of samsara.
      Understand that many engagements are obstacles for merit
      because they hinder spiritual practice.
      Understand that enemies and obstructors are your teachers
      because obstacles are inspiration for spiritual practice.
      Understand that everything is of equal nature,
      because all phenomena are ultimately devoid of self-nature.
      These were the ten things to understand.

      --Gampopa, from "The Precious Garland of the Sublime Path"
      (trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang)

      (Gampopa was Milarepa's main disciple, and the founder of
      the KagyuSchool. His disciple was the First Karmapa.)
      posted by Gill Eardley to Allspirit

      I Never Knew

      Take off the backpack
      Lie down in the long grass.
      Pull up the blue sky-blanket.

      So many years of Dharma practice,
      Straight-spine diligence, straining toward
      This hillside.
      Just this.

      Lie down in the long grass.
      Let the earth take you.
      Deer tracks and horse dung
      and the eye within the eye,
      revolving and luminous.

      I never knew this.
      Did no one tell me?

      I remember my Zen master in the interview room,
      "Trust yourself," he said. "Just be yourself."

      I think his meaning was this:

      Take off the backpack,
      Lie down in the long grass.
      Let the sky take you.
      Breathe space
      into space
      into space.

      I never knew there was this much light!

      --Helen Dhara Gatling-Austin 1998

      posted by Gill Eardley to Allspirit
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