Visiting a foreign Country

If you were planning to move to a foreign country and thought you might never return, would not it then be prudent to acclimate yourself to any customs they might have of say…only drinking one certain liquid and nothing else? Then, dears, run to the wineshop, run. for in heaven what can increase your soul’s expanse is all that is ever...

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One Truth

In all ten directions of the universe, there is only one truth. When we see clearly the great teachings are the same. What can ever be lost? What can be attained? If we attain something, it was there from the beginning of time. If we lose something, it is hiding somewhere near us. Look: this ball in my pocket: can you see how priceless it...

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Neck Deep in Grace

...A friend James Baraz tells of traveling to India to be with the guru H. W. L. Poonja… Poonja was celebrated for his freedom of spirit, for the energy of awakening he transmitted to his disciples, and for his joyful laughter. James had completed twenty years of meditation practice and become a greatly beloved Buddhist teacher. Still wanting to grow, and yearning to touch more deeply the...

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I Have Come Into this World to See…

I have come into this world to see this: The sword drop from men’s hands even at the height of their arc of anger Because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound…… I have come into this world to see this: All creatures hold hands as we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way to even a greater being of soul, a being of just ecstatic light,...

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Turn left a thousand feet from here…

What I really want to give you I can’t, Yet all day long I try painting maps on the sky With bright, tender sounds that say, “Turn left a thousand feet from here, Just past that next hill. Then make a sharp right As soon as you see that big rock That looks like an egg, There you will find a decent tavern.” I am like a wise friend. If you come close to me I will write down the...

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Mind is everything; mind is nothing

Mind is everything; mind is nothing.  Mind creates time and space, mind contains a billion galaxies, mind lifts a spoon of oatmeal to its mouth at breakfast.  Mind is life and death, God and devil, you and I; mind stands the tops of the mountain; mind cries for its mother’s breast. Mind pulls the universe out of a top hat, bows to its own applause, and walks off the stage,...

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On a Day When the Wind is Perfect

On a Day When the Wind is Perfect

On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. today is such a day. My eyes are like the sun that makes promises; the promise of life that it always keeps each morning. The living heart gives to us as does that luminous sphere, both caress the earth with great tenderness. There is a breeze that can enter the soul. This love I know plays a drum. ...

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Saving Yourself–Saving the World

“Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness. If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift...

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When you meet the Buddha…..

“Buddha” means “the awakened one” – that is, someone who has woken up from the dream of being a separate ego in a material universe.  Gautama Siddhartha, whom we affectionately, ridiculously, call the Buddha, taught for forty-five years. In all those years, and in all the hundreds of thousands of teaching words that he uttered, his message was simply this:...

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Too Lazy

 Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched...

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