#5038 - Sunday, September 29, 2013 - Editor: Dustin LindenSmith
#5038 - Sunday, September 29, 2013 - Editor: Dustin LindenSmithThe Nonduality Highlights • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/Personal time constraints prevent me from including any exhaustive commentary or new material in my issue of the Highlights today. In fact, yesterday's issue from Jerry was so good I was tempted to re-post it today as a Highlight of the Highlights... :)
Instead, however, I've selected a July 4th edition from 2011 from Gloria which spoke to me in various ways.
The first quotation reminds us about the perils of "trying" to become enlightened or "trying" to release attachmentto desire.
The second reminds us of the fallacy of our perception of "difference"betweenthe world's religions.
The third reminds us not to take ourselves so seriously, nor to seek perfection so strongly.
The fourth reminds us of the healing we can experience when we stop "hiding from ourselves," which I read more personally as a reminder to be abjectly truthful withmyselfabout whereI am, and to eschew the belief in theseeminglyunending storiesItellmyselfabout"who I am."
The fifth is a nice Alan Watts film from the 1970s that discusses nature, among other things. I tend to find his stuff a bit dated now, not quite as fresh, although like a Lee Morgan album on Blue Note from the 1960s, if you consider it as it would have been received in the time of its original release, some of what's discussed is kind of groundbreaking for that moment in time.
Here's an animated video of a short talk given by Watts that's part of his long-form podcast series that's totally worth listening to if you want to unpack the pedagogy of Zen and other Eastern spiritual traditions. The title claims it was animated by the creators of South Park, but I doubt that claim's veracity. It's just kind of fun to watch:
DustinPS: Please forgive some of the formatting errors we've been experiencing lately; we're working on resolving them in the coming issues.Photos included in Gloria's original 2011 issue may also not come through properly in today's edition.---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Gloria Lee" <editglo@...>
Date: 5 Jul 2011 01:43
Subject: [NDhighlights] #4299 - Monday, July 4, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
To: "NDH" <NDhighlights@yahoogroups.com>
Cc:#4299 - Monday, July 4, 2011 - Editor: Gloria LeeThe Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights"Desiring happiness is the illness of attachment.It is through the absence of desire, that one gains happiness.Buddhahood does not happen by being made to happen.It is unsought and naturally indwelling, and so isspontaneously present.Rest nonconceptually in this effortless, natural abiding state."~The All-Creating Monarch Tantra, from Longchenpa'sTreasury of the Basic Space of Phenomenaposted to Daily Dharma by Amrita NadiPhoto by:
Lobsang DorjéDon't talk of different religions.
The one reality is everywhere,
not just in a Hindu, or a Muslim,
or anywhere else! Realize:
your awareness is
the truth about God.
14th Century North Indian mysticposted to Along The Way
There is no worse sickness for the soul,
O you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.
The heart and eyes must bleed a lot
before self-complacency falls away.~Rumi----Life has taught me the wisdom of moving toward what scares me.Although it is embarrassing and painful, it is very healing to stop hiding from
yourself. It is healing to know all the ways that you’re sneaky, all the ways
that you hide out, all the ways that you shut down, deny, close off, criticize
people, all your weird little ways. You can know all of that with some sense of
humor and kindness. By knowing yourself, you’re coming to know humanness
altogether. We are all up against these things. We are all in this together.~Pema Chodronposted to Facebook by Belle Heywood
No one’s mouth is big enough to utter the whole thing.
— Alan WattsPainting by Tino Rodriguez, Voice of the Poet, 2005
Alan Watts: A Conversation with Myself - Part 1
A 1971 television recording with Alan Watts walking in the mountains and
talking about the limitations of technology and the problem of trying to keep track of an infinite universe with a single tracked mind. Video posted by Alan's son and courtesy of alanwatts.com. (Parts 2, 3, 4 are also there.)