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QUOTE: ‘All the various types of teachings and spiritual paths…’

“All the various types of teachings and spiritual paths are related to the different capacities of understanding that different individuals have. There does not exist, from an absolute point of view, any teaching which is more perfect or effective than another. A teaching’s value lies solely in the inner awakening which an individual can arrive at through it. If a person benefits from a given teaching, for that person that teaching is the supreme path, because it is suited to his or her nature and capacities. There’s no sense in trying to judge it as more or less elevated in relation to other paths to realization.”

~ Namkhai Norbu, from “Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State” (Arkana, 1989)

A thought for the day

“ONE ASPECT OF COMPASSION is to respect others’ rights and to respect others’ views. That is the basis of reconciliation. The human spirit of reconciliation based on compassion is working deep down, whether the person really knows it or not. Our basic human nature is gentleness; therefore, no matter how much we go through violence and other bad things, ultimately the proper solution is to return to human feeling and affection. So affection or compassion is not only a religious matter, but in our day-to-day life is quite indispensable.”

~ H.H. the Dalai Lama

QUOTE: Where are you living?

“A worried mind lives in the future.  An unhappy mind lives in the past.  A peaceful mind lives in the present.”

Ellen Grace O’Brian in her book “A Single Blade of Grass: Finding the Sacred in Everyday Life,” published by the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Quote courtesy of Craig Wilger

All is fully interpenetrating…


Indra’s Net of Pearls

Subject and object from the start
Are no different,
The myriad things nothing
But images in the mirror.
Bright and resplendent,
Transcending both guest and host,
Complete and realized,
All is permeated by the absolute.
A single form encompasses
The multitude of dharmas,
All of which are interconnected
Within the net of Indra.
Layer after layer there is no
Point at which it all ends,
Whether in motion or still,
All is fully interpenetrating.

– Zhitong (d.1124)

Thought for the Day: When falsity is extinguished …

Although we know that a
Frozen pond is entirely water,
The sun’s heat is necessary to melt it.
Although we awaken to the fact
That an ordinary person is Buddha,
The power of dharma is necessary
To make it permeate our cultivation.
When the pond has melted,
The water flows freely.
When falsity is extinguished,
The mind will be numinous
And dynamic and then its function
Of penetrating brightness will manifest.


– Kuei-feng

quote from www.dailyzen.com

Keep your karma in good working order…

Searching for Gathered Fragrance Temple
miles of mountains rise into clouds.
Ancient trees darken the narrow trail.
Where is that mountain temple bell?
Snowmelt crashes down on boulders,
the sun grows cold in the pines before
it drowns in the lake.
Keep your karma in good working order;
many dragons lie in wait.

~ Wang Wei (701-761)
courtesy DailyZen.com

Quote: Fearless energy…

Practice is nothing other than the
capacity to arouse fearless energy.
Without this energy,
whatever practices you perform,
whatever virtuous feelings you have,
all are without substance.
Without this energy,
will you be prepared when
you come face to face with death
in your ordinary state of mind?
How then will you persevere over other hardships?

~ Suzuki Shosan (1579-1655)
courtesy www.dailyzen.com

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