Friday, 21 September 2018

The world is an illusion, but it is an illusion which we must take seriously, because it is real as far as it goes, and in those aspects of the reality which we are capable of apprehending. Our business is to wake up. We have to find ways in which to detect the whole of reality in the one illusory part which our self-centred consciousness permits us to see. We must not live thoughtlessly, taking our illusion for the complete reality, but at the same time we must not live too thoughtfully in the sense of trying to escape from the dream state. We must continually be on our watch for ways in which we may enlarge our consciousness. We must not attempt to live outside the world, which is given us, but we must somehow learn how to transform it and transfigure it. One must find a way of being in this world while not being of it. A way of living in time without being completely swallowed up in time.

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Saturday, 8 September 2018

This world
Is but
A fleeting dream
So why be alarmed
At its evanescence?


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Once in his life a man ought to concentrate his mind upon
the remembered earth, I believe. He ought to give himself up
to a particular landscape in his experience, to look at it from
as many angles as he can, to wonder about it, to dwell upon it.

He ought to imagine that he touches it with his hands at
every season and listens to the sounds that are made upon
it. He ought to imagine the creatures there and all the faintest
motions of the wind. He ought to recollect the glare of noon and
all the colors of the dawn and dusk.

For we are held by more than the force of gravity to the earth.
It is the entity from which we are sprung, and that into which
we are dissolved in time. The blood of the whole human race
is invested in it. We are moored there, rooted as surely, as
deeply as are the ancient redwoods and bristlecones.

Navarre Scott Momaday

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You have to accept your aloneness, which is no way you can avoid.
And there is no way to change its nature. 
It is your authentic reality. 
It is you.


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I am glad that so much movement
happens in this stillness.

Richard Land

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Friday, 27 April 2018

How many times
Have I changed my
Firmly determined mind!
Mind, mind,
How unreliable! 

- Japanese Folk Zen saying

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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed - but hate these things in yourself, not in another.

Thomas Merton

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How shall we seek real knowledge?
By renouncing knowledge.
How shall we seek salvation?
By renouncing our own salvation.
How shall we seek Existence?
By renouncing our existence.

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Friday, 16 March 2018

From true emptiness  the wondrous being appears.

Shunryu Suzuki

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Subhuti asked: "How can the practitioner who wishes to help all beings find enlightenment awaken to the complete and perfect wisdom?" 
The Buddha said: "This most subtle awakening comes about through moment-to-moment attentiveness. By way of attentiveness, there is attunement to the ways in which things manifest, such as form and consciousness. The practitioner awakens to perfect wisdom by becoming blissfully free from obsessions with habits, names, sense experiences, personal feelings, and with dread of dying and all the despair that goes with it. 

Prajnaparamita Sutra

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