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Spiritual Thirst

May 26, 2018

With so much to do,

and with so little time to oneself,

spiritual thirst

often goes unrecognized

for what it is.

Depression, anxiety, and boredom

can be symptoms

of an unanswered call

to a spiritual path.

~Lee Jampolsky

(Psychologist and author)

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The Root

May 25, 2018

Just get to the root

and don’t worry about the branches.

Emptying the mind is the root.

Once we get to the root,

the fundamental,

then all kinds of language and knowledge

and all our daily activities

are trivial matters.

Our responses to people and circumstances,

with many upsets and downfalls,

whether joyous or angry, good or bad,

favorable or adverse –

these are trivial matters.

These are the branches.

If we can be spontaneously aware

and knowing

as we are going along

with all circumstances,

then there is neither lack nor excess.

This is the root.

~Ta Hui

(1089-1163, Chinese Zen Buddhist Monk)

Real Self

May 24, 2018

Like the wind, like clouds,

like thunder and lightning,

which rise from space

without physical shape

and reach the transcendent light

in their own form,

those who rise above

body-consciousness

ascend to the transcendent light

in their real form, the Real Self.

~Chandogya Upanishad

(trad. 950-800 BCE,

One of the oldest of Hindu Vedic Scriptures)

No Separation

May 23, 2018

In Great Spirit

there is no time.

Everything moves

in the blink of an eye.

It’s as fast as thought.

So there is no speed there.

There is no time in between.

There is no separation.

~Wallace Black Elk

(1921-2004, Lakota Elder)

 

Life is Grace

May 22, 2018

Listen to your life.

See it for the fathomless

mystery that it is.

In the boredom and pain of it,

no less than in the excitement and gladness:

touch, taste, smell your way

to the holy and hidden heart of it,

because in the last analysis,

all moments are key moments,

and life itself is grace.

~Frederick Buechner

(1926 to pres., American theologian)

Loving Kindness

May 21, 2018

Those who are skilled and peaceful,

who seek the good;

may they be able, straightforward

of gentle speech and not proud.

May they be content, unburdened,

with their senses calmed.

May they be wise, not arrogant

and without desire

for the possessions of others.

May all beings be happy.

May all live in safety and joy.

~Metta Sutta

(trad. 400-350 BCE, from the Pali Canon

discourse of the Buddha on loving kindness)

Craving

May 20, 2018

It is here in this space

between feeling and craving

that the battle will be fought

which will determine

whether bondage will continue

indefinitely into the future

or whether it will be replaced

by enlightenment and liberation.

For if instead of yielding to craving,

to the driving thirst for pleasure,

if a person contemplates

with mindfulness and awareness

the nature of feelings

and understands these feelings

as they are,

then that person can prevent craving

from crystallizing and solidifying.

~Bhikkhu Bodhi

(1944 to pres., American Theravada Buddhist Monk)