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Quote of the Week: True Renunciation
not getting rid of the things of this world,
but accepting that they pass away.
(Above mere letting go of physical things,
Renuniciation is the letting go of craving, aversion and ignorance.)
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It's ok to try and fail.
we need a little bit of rest.
we come back to it and try again.
There will be a point -
where everything becomes effortless,
and we don't even have to try,
and we don't lose any part of ourselves in the doing,
(the stuff that keeps us from daring to try),
because we would have gotten rid of all that dead weight,
and the burdens we carried when we tumbled and fell,
in the process of trying.
It's the fall that tells us it's ok.
We don't have to cling on to our pride.
We don't have to cling on to the things,
that stand in our way -
Our old ideas,
Even our ambitions to succeed.
Once we have nothing left to lose,
And learnt to unbind all that shackle us,
And become as light as air is light,
We are free to fly,
with every reason to reach for,
and touch the sky.
So in the mean time,
if you fall, don't cry.
Rest if you have to,
But come back again,
and try and try and try.
(Failing again and again,
is only advancing on the path to Enlightenment.
We fell and picked ourselves up time and again,
before we learnt to walk as babes,
likewise before we learn to smile like the Buddhas.)
Excerpt (1): What Would You Do?_______________________
A young woman asked Suzuki Roshi after a talk,-"To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki:
"Roshi (Venerable Teacher), sometimes when I'm trying to decide what I should do,
I ask myself, 'In this case, what would Roshi do?'
Should I continue that practice?"
Roshi answered, "Then should I also ask myself, 'What would Roshi do?'"
Stories of a Zen Teacher Told by His Students" [Available @ all Awareness Place: http://AwarenessPlace.cjb.net ]
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Excerpt (2): Releasing Anxiety
We live in a culture that trains us to believe that we never have enough of anything and that we always need more in order to be happy. This is a training in anxiety and complexity. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition there is depicted a realm of beings called "hungry ghosts" who sadly inhabit bodies with enormous stomachs yet whose throats are as narrow as needles. Unable to satisfy their appetite, they desperately roam the world in search of gratification. Trained in anxiety and complexity, we come to believe that life is made meaningful by possessing more, gaining more, and acheiving more; protecting ourselves from loss and deprivation by holding on to all that we gain as tightly as possible.
Every year, my insurance salesman visits me to assess my various insurance policies. Of course, his unspoken agenda is to persuade me to purchase more insurance cover. With a smile on his face he begins a long discourse on the unspeakable terrors and tragedies that may befall me. What if you had no work? What if your partner contracted a terminal illness? What is your were in an accident? The list of possible disasters seems endless. Listening to him my eyes grow wider and wider, yet I also glimpse the bottomless chasm of fear I could inhabit if I lived by the rules of "what if?" The choice seems simple: do I choose to make fear my companion in life or do I choose to live with trust and skillful means?
-"The Buddhist Path to Simplicity: Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life" (Christina Feldman)__________________
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