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Remain in Vastness

May 20, 2020

One must remain in the vastness,

alert and lucid,

letting one’s gaze encompass

the infinity of the sky,

as though seated on the summit

of a mountain

open to all the horizons.

~Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol

(1781-1851, Tibetan Poet)

True Home

May 19, 2020

You should go home to your hermitage;

it is inside you.

Close the doors, light the fire,

and make it cozy again.

That is what I call

“taking refuge in the island of self.”

If you don’t go home to yourself,

you continue to lose yourself.

You destroy yourself

and destroy people around you,

even if you have goodwill

and want to do something to help.

That is why practice of going home

to the island of self

is so important.

No one can take your true home away.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

(1926 to pres., Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk)

Happiness

May 18, 2020

Happiness cannot be found

through great effort and will power,

but is already there,

in relaxation and letting-go.

Don’t strain yourself,

there is nothing to do.

Only our search for happiness

prevents us from seeing it.

Don’t believe in the reality

of good and bad experiences,

they are like rainbows.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,

you exhaust yourself in vain.

As soon as you relax this grasping,

space is there – open, inviting, and comfortable.

So make use of it.

All is yours already.

Don’t search any further.

Nothing to do.

Nothing to force.

Nothing to want.

Everything happens by itself.

~Lama Gendun Rinpoche

(1918-1997 French-Tibetan monk)

Experience

May 17, 2020

What our mind recognizes

as empty awareness,

our heart experiences

as love.

~Tara Brach

(1953 to pres., Psychologist and Buddhist Teacher)

Insane Species

May 16, 2020

Man is the most insane species.

He worships an invisible God

and destroys a visible nature.

Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying

is this God he’s worshiping.

~Hubert Reeves

(1932 to pres., French-Canadian astrophysicist)

Transform and Create

May 15, 2020

It is a sobering thought

that the finest act of love you can perform

is not an act of service

but an act of contemplation, of seeing.

When you serve people,

you help, support, comfort, alleviate pain.

When you see them

in their inner beauty and goodness,

you transform and create.

~Anthony De Mello

(1931-1987, Psychotherapist and Jesuit Priest)

Beautiful

May 14, 2020

There must be always remaining

in every life,

some place for the singing of angels,

some place for that which in itself

is breathlessly beautiful.

~Howard Thurman

(1899 to 1981, author, philosopher,

theologian, educator, civil rights leader)