Joy/Sorrow/Joy/Sorrow

Then a woman said’ “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow”. And he answered: Your Joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the...

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Transactions with Beauty

Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty. Reason says, Nonsense. I have walked and measured the walls here. There are no places like that. Love says, There are. — Rumi, from “Secret Places,” *Bridge to the Soul: Journeys Into the Music and Silence of the Heart* — as rendered by Coleman Barks Thank You – Robert Breszny for...

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The Second Layer of Hope

It is the nature of hope to become lost; what begins with high hopes often ends in deep despair. Hope hid under the lid after Pandora’s box opened, as if all the troubles of the world must be released before genuine hope can be found. Any hope for this hopeless world might have to be found inside the currents of despair that increasingly accompany the news reports of cultural unraveling and...

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The End of Suffering

May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos Even in the darkest spots living beings are able to hear it clearly So that all suffering in them ceases, understanding comes to their heart And they transcend the path of sorrow and death. The universal dharma door is already open The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly The miracle happens A beautiful child appears in the heart of...

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Some words on fear…..

So the next time you encounter fear, consider yourself lucky. This is where the courage comes in. Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear. When I was first married, my husband said I was one of the bravest people he knew. When I asked him why, he said because I was a complete coward but went ahead and did things anyhow.” ~ Pema Chodron...

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The Best Season of your Life

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your...

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Eight Verses for Training the Mind

In all my deeds may I probe into my mind, and as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise– as they endanger myself and others– may I strongly confront them and avert them. —–by Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054-1123),  With the world seeming spinning a bit out-of-control – these are reminders in staying centered, and connected with all that inhabit this...

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Free and Easy

Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go.  Don’t strain yourself, there is nothing to do or undo, whatever momentarily arises in the body-mind has no real importance at all, has little reality whatsoever. Why identify with, and become attached to it, passing judgment upon it and ourselves? Far better to simply...

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Bodhisattvas 101

“Traditionally, a bodhisattva is anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings”   – Wikipedia “Look hard and you will see bodhisattvas everywhere…there are countless unknown bodhisattvas  everywhere whose work expresses their love, compassion and deep...

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A River of YES

In a flowing river, a few rocks have their own beauty.  A river without rocks loses sound.  A river with rocks is a singing and dancing river. You have to learn to say yes.  Yes to the flowing river, yes to your totality as you are and your song and your dance will return to you. In my vision there is not greater word than YES. -Bhagwan Shree...

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