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Maple Leaf and the Running Stream blue

THE SENSATION OF BLISS

A few years ago I was overwhelmed by deep anxiety, a fundamental, intense anxiety with no storyline attached. I felt very vulnerable, very afraid and raw. While I sat and breathed with it, relaxed into it, stayed with it, the terror did not abate. It was unrelenting even after many days, and I didn’t know what to do.

I went to see my teacher, Dzigar Kongtrül, and he said, “Oh, I know that place.” That was reassuring. He told me about times in his life when he had been caught in the same way. He said it had been an important part of his journey and had been a great teacher for him. Then he did something that shifted how I practice. He asked me to describe what I was experiencing. He asked me where I felt it. He asked me if it hurt physically and if it were hot or cold. He asked me to describe the quality of the sensation, as precisely as I could. This detailed exploration continued for a while and then he brightened up and said, “Ani Pema…That’s a high level of spiritual bliss.” I almost fell off my chair. I thought, “Wow, this is great!” And I couldn’t wait to feel that intensity again. And do you know what happened? When I eagerly sat down to practice, of course, since the resistance was gone, so was the anxiety.

Pema Chodron

 

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Bodhi

Bodhidharma goes to Howard Johnsons
Why Bodhidharma Went to Howard Johnson’s
“Where is your home,” the interviewer asked him.
Here.
“No, no,” the interviewer said, thinking it a problem of translation,
“when you are where you actually live.”
Now it was his turn to think, perhaps the translation?
~ Jane Hirshfield ~

(The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry)

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Still_River

 

“The truly still mind, with which you were born, is the mind that moves freely. Without ignoring anything, it reacts wholeheartedly to everything it encounters, to everything on which it reflects. And yet, for all that, it is the mind that is never seized by anything, but is always ready to react on the spot to whatever it encounters next. The mind that is still is the mind that never forfeits its freedom and is able to constantly keep rolling and rolling and rolling.

The word samadhi carries within itself two absolutely contrary meanings: “perfect reception” and “perfect non-reception.” In order to “perfectly receive” each instant as it occurs, it is necessary to “perfectly not-receive” the previous instant and the future instant. No matter how accurately and in what detail a mirror may reflect what is before it in one instant, should it be turned to face a new direction, the previous reflection will disappear without a trace and the mirror will faithfully reflect what is newly before it.

The mind that neither ignores anything nor attaches to anything is not something that is obtained through training. It is the natural power with which you entered this world.”


– Soko Morinaga
Novice To Master

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beautiful-tree-and-river

Drifting down the river…

Everything is Song.

Everything is Silence.

Since it all turns out to be illusion,

perfectly being what it is,

having nothing to do with good or bad,

we are free to die laughing.”

° ° °
What matters
matters
but it doesn’t

Some of the time
everything
matters

Much of the time
nothing
matters

In the long run
both everything
and nothing
matter a lot
° ° °

while drifting down the river

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