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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby chicka-Dee on Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:52 am

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And the day came
when the risk to remain in a
bud was more painful
than the risk it took
to blossom.

~Anais Nin



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There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.

~Charles Dickens
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:06 am


Now and again,
it is necessary to seclude yourself
among deep mountains and hidden valleys
to restore your link to the source of life.

Breathe in and let yourself soar
to the ends of the universe;
breathe out and bring the cosmos back inside.

Next, breathe up all fecundity and vibrancy of the earth.
Finally, blend the breath of heaven
and the breath of earth with your own,
becoming the Breath of Life itself.


~Morehei Ueshiba

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Mountains for shoes,
clear blue sky for a cap,
crisp empty air my cloak,
honeyed sunlight the shine
my smile makes on wet grass --
who can say I lack for anything?

I wander through fields of starlight,
starlight wakes up to itself through me.
What need for artifice have I?

I span the heavens, one seamless smile
widening in fathomless space, echo
of thunder before going under,
all fear dissolving, laughter
erupting, alive, alive!

With gratitude my constant garland,
new birds’ nests my shoulder epaulets,
rapturous scent of lilacs and lavender
perfuming my heart-strewn path –

what do I have to protect or defend?

Life patiently pillows my child’s head
in dark velvet kindness -- at night
I can see where I am.


~Robert "hrtbeat7" O'Hearn
E-Sangha post, May 30 2006

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:46 am

Hi Dee. Huang Po is the cat's meow, definitely...

:)

And here's something nice, from kowtaaia's sig link....

"Meditation demands an astonishingly alert mind; meditation is the understanding of the totality of life in which every form of fragmentation has ceased. Meditation is not control of thought, for when thought is controlled it breeds conflict in the mind, but when you understand the structure and origin of thought, which we have already been into, then thought will not interfere. That very understanding of the structure of thinking is its own discipline which is meditation.

Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence. Silence put together by thought is stagnation, is dead, but the silence that comes when thought has understood its own beginning, the nature of itself, understood how all thought is never free but always old —this silence is meditation in which the meditator is entirely absent, for the mind has emptied itself of the past."


~Krishnamurti
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:34 am

The imperfect becomes whole.
How true that is!
To become whole and
Return to the Source,
One must ever be in accord
With Nature.
There is nothing in the world
So weak as water,
Nor anything strong enough
To overcome it.
The person of great wisdom
Is like water which,
Though benefiting all things,
Never strives.
- Lao-tzu

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How elegant is the morning sun
Shining on the rafters and eaves.
How cool are the terrace and pond after the rain.
I burn incense to break the deep silence,
Drink the spring water and relax in joy.
When mind is at ease and spirit is at peace,
Understanding is gained.
There is nothing left to comprehend.
Who can say that the Way is far from us?
How tranquil it is
Like the beginning of Heaven and Earth.
- Ni Tsan (1301-1374)

The real sunrise is in
The sky of the heart;
Just as the water jar
Reflects the sun,
So the entire universe
Shines in the heart
Of the One.
When you are in a train,
The whole world appears
To pass by.
Similarly, the whole universe
Can be known within the One.
- Nityananda

Many paths lead from
The foot of the mountain,
But at the peak
We all gaze at the
Single bright moon.
- Ikkyu (1394-1481)

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby yogini on Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:34 am

wHEN THE POWER OF LOVE OVERCOMES THE LOVE OF POWER...THE WORLD WILL KNOW PEACE [ Jimi Hendrix]






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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby kowtaaia on Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:46 pm


.. one must change, remove the contradictions, wipe out destructive feelings. That may take many days or perhaps no time at all. We say that can be done through analysis, through awareness, through questioning, enquiring, probing. All that involves time. But time is a danger. Because the moment we look to time to change, it is really a continuation of what has been. If I have to enquire into my mind and be aware of my activities and my conditioning and my demands and each day probe, all that entails time. Time as a means to mutation is illusion. And when I introduce time into the problem of mutation, then mutation is postponed, because then time is merely a further continuation of my desire to go on as I am. Time is necessary to learn French. The time taken to learn French is not an illusion, but to bring about a psychological mutation, a psychical change in myself through time is an illusion, because it encourages laziness, postponement, a sense of achievement, vanity. All that is implied in the employment of time when I use time as a means to mutation. So, if I do not look to time at all for mutation, then what happens?
It is a marvellous thing. All religious people have seen time as a means of change and actually we find mutation can only be out of time, not through time.


... So can my mind refuse to use time and deny time as a means to mutation? Do you see the beauty of it? Then what takes place?
The thing which I want changed has been put together through time, it is the result of time, and I deny time. Therefore I deny the whole thing and therefore mutation has taken place. I do not know if you see this. It is not a verbal trick.
Have you understood it? If I deny my conditioning as a Hindu, which is the result of time, and I deny time, I deny the whole thing. I am out of it. If I deny ritual - the Christian, Hindu or Buddhist - deny it because it is the product of time, I am out. I do not have to ask how to bring about mutation. The thing itself is the result of time and I deny time - it is finished.

...from KRISHNAMURTI ON EDUCATION (TALK TO TEACHERS CHAPTER 3) 'ON ACTION'
APPROACHING LIBERATION

Where thought arises and where it dissolves,
There you should abide, O my son.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Luzdelaluna on Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:09 pm

.. one must change, remove the contradictions, wipe out destructive feelings. That may take many days or perhaps no time at all.


Amazing when it is done.

is merely a further continuation of my desire to go on as I am.


Yep, I can attest to that attachment.

The thing itself is the result of time and I deny time - it is finished.


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Great post kow.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby yogini on Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:15 pm

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:23 am

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Accept disgrace willingly.
Accept misfortune as the human condition.
What do you mean by "Accept disgrace willingly"?
Accept being unimportant.
Do not be concerned with loss or gain.
This is called "accepting disgrace willingly."

What do you mean by "Accept misfortune as the human condition"?
Misfortune comes from having a body.
Without a body, how could there be misfortune?

Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things.
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.

~Lao Tsu
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Hundoviro on Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:14 am

It's all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide.
Be sure you count—should I forget
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.


Master Emily Dickinson
The profound person steeps himself in the Way because he wishes to find it in himself. ~~ Mencius
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:15 am



Tomorrow Never Knows

Turn off your mind, relax
And float down stream
It is not dying
It is not dying

Lay down all thought
Surrender to the void
It is shining
It is shining

That you may see
The meaning of within
It is being
It is being

That love is all
And love is everyone
It is knowing
It is knowing

That ignorance and hate
May mourn the dead
It is believing
It is believing

But listen to the
Color of your dreams
It is not living
It is not living

Or play the game
Existence to the end
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Bob Skank on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:32 am

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby GatelessGate on Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:27 pm

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby PeterB on Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:47 am

" My porridge bowl is empty. I enjoyed every mouthful. I wonder what's for lunch "


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby ed blanco on Thu May 17, 2012 3:02 pm

I am only one in many and yet I carry within me a piece without which the puzzle of our collective existence would be incomplete."
Carol Stewart

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IT SPEAKS IN SILENCE
IN SPEECH YOU HEAR ITS SILENCE

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Re: Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:25 am

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"Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them."
~Alan Watts


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby partofit22 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:02 am

ed blanco wrote:Thanks Christopher for the pics and the wonderful quotes.


ditto- also just now read this at beezone,com:

"If you have one more place to go, you will not endure this moment as the great bliss"
Adi Da Samraj 1970
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:49 am

partofit22 wrote:
ed blanco wrote:Thanks Christopher for the pics and the wonderful quotes.


ditto- also just now read this at beezone,com:

"If you have one more place to go, you will not endure this moment as the great bliss"
Adi Da Samraj 1970


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby ed blanco on Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:30 pm

partofit22 wrote:
ed blanco wrote:Thanks Christopher for the pics and the wonderful quotes.


ditto- also just now read this at beezone,com:

"If you have one more place to go, you will not endure this moment as the great bliss"
Adi Da Samraj 1970


Yes, beezone is a labor of love. I am not a devotee but do like to read and listen to early Adi Da. To me he remains Bubb Free John from early, early on, but my friend followed him closer collecting old and new stuff. Beezone, however, has grown quite beyond Adi da.

This from Sri Ramana Maharashi;

A man asked the Maharshi to say something to him. When asked what he wanted to know, he said that he knew nothing and wanted to hear something from the Maharshi.

M.: You know that you know nothing. Find out that knowledge. That is liberation


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby partofit22 on Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:02 pm

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