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    ATTD NewsLetter 030 When you do not see the pictures or receive the non-HTML news letter, you can read the fully illustrated version on-line at:
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2004
      ATTD NewsLetter 030

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      *  ATTD News Letter number 30    *     Sunday, May 02, 2004  *

      Table of contents.

      Q & A.
      Question: Are you saying that knowing all pain & suffering is universal, frees one from it? Doesn't pain & suffering continue to exist whether it be seen as that of the microcosm or the macrocosm? Is it God's toothache?

      Answer: At the relative level of the game, life is experienced through the polar opposites such as pleasure/pain, good/evil, high/low, on/of and so on. These contrasting poles are known from and - generated by - the perspective of an apparent separate character. All apparent free will of this illusory character is aimed to get away from the minus pole and move towards the plus or pleasure pole.

      The end of suffering is not found in the eradication of one pole while maintaining the other, but suffering's true nature might become clear by asking who it is that suffers.

      Liberation can come through the realization that there is in fact no separation anywhere and that there is no individual that does the suffering. In this recognition, fire still burns, the wind still blows, the rain comes down and the sun shines, for all..... and for no one.

      It is not so much that one is freed from suffering as that it is realized that there is no one to be freed. This perspective is pointed to in the following quote, which has been assigned to Buddha:

      The deed there is, but no doer there of.
      Suffering exists, but no one who suffers.

      Suffering is content. Awareness is context. Awareness is the source in which all arises and dissolves. Awareness remains unaffected, just like the mirror remains empty, regardless of what seems to appear in it. Recognize that you are the unaffected Awareness/Witness to which the person and its experiences -good and bad- is a witnessed object. HERE the point of gravity shifts from content to context. This context is empty and marvelous, it does not suffer. It is the peace prior to the mind generated divisions of good/bad, pain/pleasure, yin/yang. You are that Peace.

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      Painting by :Visual Bliss. Title: 'Seeds Of Life'

      Visit them at: http://www.visualbliss.co.uk/index.htm

      Peace of Being
      Your true nature is Awareness or simple peace. Peace is always being sought through focus and absorption in the dream -or play- of experience. The mesmerizing dream of experience arises and the peace of being is overlooked in favor of the play of passing images.

      The story in the dream - including the appearance of you as a character, and a future when you will awaken to your true nature - is reinforced by numerous books and all manner of colorful characters who inform you that you need to seek and strive to become what you already are. But no manipulation of dream experience will reveal your true nature which is prior to the dream and is simply overlooked.

      When this present message about your true nature permeates into the dream, it doesn't mean that the dream images disappear or that it becomes a 'good' dream, but just that all is understood to be the dream of existence and there is no longer any need to do anything about it or try to change it in any way.

      This is the peace of being.

      Words from: 'Nathan Gill' He holds meetings in London and Kent.
      For details visit him at: http://www.nathangill.com/

      Awakened Poetry

      What Should we Do About That Moon?

      A wine bottle fell from a wagon and
      broke open in a field.

      That night one hundred beetles and all their cousins

      and did some serious binge drinking.

      They even found some seed husks nearby
      and began to play them like drums and whirl.
      This made God very happy.

      Then the "night candle" rose into the sky
      and one drunk creature, laying down his instrument,
      said to his friend ~ for no apparent

      "What should we do about that moon?"

      Seems to Hafiz
      Most everyone has laid aside the music

      Tackling such profoundly useless

      From: "The Gift" - Poems of Hafiz.
      Translated by Daniel Ladinsky ISBN 0 14 01. 9581 5

      Painting by Suezan Aikins: Pine Moon/watercolor and goldleaf
      Visit her at: http://www.suezan-aikins.com/index.html.1

      Quote of the moment!

      "There is not a single state which is not this vast state of presence.
      It is the site and home of everything.
      So remain in this which cannot be constructed or taken apart.
      Here it is not necessary to progress gradually or to purify anything."

      From: "You Are the Eyes of the World" - Longchenpa.
      Translated by Kennard Lipman and Merrill Peterson ISBN 1-55939-140-5

      Smile of the moment!

      The wisdom of children.

      "The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: "Take only ONE. God is watching."

      Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."

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