Posts Tagged ‘seeking’

I have had my dream – like others –
and it has come to nothing, so that
I remain now carelessly
with feet planted on the ground
and look up at the sky –
feeling my clothes about me,
the weight of my body in my shoes,
the rim of my hat, air passing in and out
at my nose – and decide to dream no more.

William Carlos Williams

” The most exquisite paradox: As soon as you give it all up you can have it all. ”  Bab Ram Dass

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Old Taoist Priest

Kasan, a Zen teacher and monk, was to officiate at a funeral of a famous nobleman. As he stood there waiting for the governor of the province and other lords and ladies to arrive, he noticed that the palms of his hands were sweaty.

The next day he called his disciples together and confessed he was not yet ready to be a true teacher. He explained to them that he still lacked the sameness of bearing before all human beings, whether beggar or king.

He was still unable to look through social roles and conceptual identities and see the sameness of being in every human. He then left and become the pupil of another master. The returned to his former disciples eight years later, enlightened.

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Ananandamayi Ma to Ghandi: “I shall steal everything belonging to you!” Gandhi’s reply: “Such a theft is a rare fortune.”

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A Buddhist Perspective of 2012 by Shen Shi’an

Though there is no Buddhist prophesy of any special upcoming event in 2012, I can no longer hide a universally true prophesy.

Here is it… Due to impending death and the uncertainty of when it arrives, we might die any time before 2012. We might even pass away today, for life is uncertain, while death is certain. Whether you believe something ill will happen in 2012 or not, it always makes sense to live life fully with the Dharma – NOW. Since Buddhists believe in the phenomenon of rebirth, of both sentient lives and entire world systems, the physical ‘end of the world’ is to us, somewhat overhyped, while it is end of our spiritual life that is the most truly terrifying. As the Buddha exhorted in his last words, ‘Subject to change are all conditioned things. Strive on with diligence!’

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The time will come when with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror.
And each will smile at the other’s
welcome and say:
” Sit here—eat”
You will love again
the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine, give bread, give back your
heart to yourself to the stranger
who has loved you all your life
that you have ignored
this another who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters,
the photographs,
the desperate notes.
Peel your own image from the mirror.
on your own life.

I heard this on an interview of Oprah recited by John Cabot Zin. The poem is from Derrick Wolcott. I am not for sure if i have the right spelling

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A spiritual journey

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.

Wendall Berry

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Just don’t seek from another
Or you’ll be far estranged from self.
I now go on alone
Meeting it everywhere
It now is just what I am
I now am not it.
You must comprehend in this way
To merge with thusness.

– Dongshan (771-853)

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