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It’s fantastic to look at people and see that they really, deep down, are enlightened. They’re It. They’re faces of the divine.

And they look at you, and they say ‘oh no, but I’m not divine. I’m just ordinary little me.’ You look at them in a funny way, and here you see the buddha nature looking out of their eyes, straight at you, and saying it’s not, and saying it quite sincerely.

And that’s why, when you get up against a great guru, the Zen master, or whatever, he has a funny look in his eyes. When you say ‘I have a problem, guru. I’m really mixed up, I don’t understand,’ he looks at you in this queer way, and you think ‘oh dear me, he’s reading my most secret thoughts. He’s seeing all the awful things I am, all my cowardice, all my shortcomings.’

But that’s not what he’s looking at. He’s giving you a funny look for quite another reason altogether. He’s giving you a funny look because he sees in you the Brahman, the Godhead, just claiming it’s ‘poor little me’.

~ Alan Watts, Lectures on Zen/Spiritual Alchemy
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In the end, only three things matter:
how much you loved, how gently you lived,
and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.


--attributed to the Buddha,
and paraphrased by many
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There is one thing that, when cultivated and regularly practiced,
leads to deep spiritual intention, to peace,
to mindfulness and clear comprehension, to vision and knowledge,
to a happy life here and now,
and to the culmination of wisdom and awakening.
And what is that one thing? It is mindfulness centered on the body.
-- The Buddha, from the Satipatthana Sutta
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Love that ends is the shadow of love; true love is without beginning or end.
--Hazrat Inayat Khan
a few more quotes )

Yoga

Mar. 9th, 2009 10:02 pm
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I think one of the coolest things about yoga is that it shows you the strengths that you have. People think of it as a way to increase flexibility and strength, concentration and calmness. But my body continues to amaze me. It can do things I had no idea it could do. And at this age, starting this late, with these damages already done. It makes me think back to a time when humans were quadruped...how were we strong then? Could we run? Could we swing in trees from our arms? Part of the way we are built is still better for being quadruped than for sitting in computer chairs. Think of the way our discs compress in our backs. They wouldn't collapse on us and cause such trouble if we were better evolved to walk erect. But there are aspects of our construction that harken back to reptiles, the bones of the spine and the way the deep core muscles attach is just like that of a snake. And we can move like snakes, if we want to. If we're not frozen up yet. If we're willing to relax into what our bodies are naturally designed to do. The mind and spirit will follow. What kind of strength do you think it takes to sit erect (under the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya) for seven days and seven nights? Or was that a flood? Matters not. Seven seconds will do. )
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Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
~Buddha
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"In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves."
lots more )
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In all things be a master
Of what you do and say and think.
Be free.
Are you quiet? Quieten your body.
Quieten your mind.
By your own efforts
Waken yourself, watch,
And live joyfully.
Follow the truth of the way.
Reflect upon it.
Make it your own.
Live it.
It will always sustain you.

- Buddha from the Dhammapada
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"Through mantra, we no longer cling to the reality of the speech and sound encountered in life, but experience it as essentially empty. Then confusion of the speech aspect of our being is transformed into enlightened awareness." -Kalu Rinpoche
more )
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Odd thoughts this morning in my meditation. It is good to be home again. I don't have the same kind of comfort and relaxation anywhere else.

Are American Buddhas fatter than Asian ones?

DREAM:

I am in a big city and I am going to my mother's house. I am travelling by skateboard, and barefoot, and I have a small pack on my back. I start out riding the edges of small city streets, and then I end up on a four lane thoroughfare, kicking along with heavy automobile traffic. The sides of the divided road are grassy and full of deciduous trees. Then the road tilts downhill, and I don't have to kick anymore. I am taking up about 1/2 of the right lane, and cars are flowing around me, but I'm going pretty fast so the flow is easy. Then there is a stoplight ahead. My two lanes split into three, one of which is turning left. It is a T intersection. The left turn lane is separated from the two right hand lanes by one lane of incoming traffic. I opt for the left turn lane, and being on the right side of it puts me right next to the oncoming lane. When the light turns green I manage to land safely on the sidewalk on the far side. On the sidewalk are all manner of young people, all colors, riding bikes and skateboards, hanging out at the bike racks, sitting at the little shelter at a bus stop. They seem very young to me, and I guess that they are students at a nearby school.

I wake up.

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