interconnectedness

June 7, 2014

When we see how much of our behavior is a defense mechanism to alleviate the pain of separateness, we begin to realize the importance of healthy intuitive and compassionate hearts.

~ Ram Dass

sacrifice

June 2, 2014

Everyone’s talking about the sacrifices they’re making in life.

Let me tell you about the type of sacrifice I’ve chosen for myself:

I’m going to break the chains of injustice,
I’m going to untie the ropes of the burdens on people,
I’m going to seek freedom for the mistreated and the oppressed.

Ever heard of a yoke they put across the necks of animals back in the old days,
so they could pull plows and heavy loads?
I’m going to break every single human yoke I find in this world.
I mean, what else are we supposed to do?

Shouldn’t you share your bread with the hungry?
And, help poor people get out of the cold and rain?
When you see someone with worn out clothes,
shouldn’t you help them get some new clothes?
We’re all just variations of each other.
Why are you hiding from members of your own family?

~ Isaiah 58: 6-7

Simply by turning on the light, you can instantly destroy the darkness. Likewise, even a rather simple analysis of ego-clinging and afflictive emotions can make them collapse.

By suppression we may temporarily subdue our afflictive emotions, but only an investigation of their true nature will completely eradicate them.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

sidewalk savior

April 26, 2014

The limitless sky of awareness apparently emerges from sleep into waking, because a thin veil of cloud drifts away.

But after a deep blue moment of this eternal radiance, the mind breathlessly rushes in, whispering, “I’m back. What shall we whine about today?”

Beloved friend, yesterday is the ancient past. Why not wake up in the sweetness that is never one moment old? Enter this dewdrop earth as a ray of God.

~ Fred LaMotte

love abides

April 22, 2014

Sometimes when your wave breaks on the shore, you are so broken, you forget you are the sea. Through longing, pain and union, longing, pain and union, you come in waves.

Please do not forget, when you arise, I love you. When you break, I love you. When you return to the depths, I am there, waiting, as Love.

~ Fred LaMotte

love junket

April 20, 2014

Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

a delusory flipbit

March 30, 2014

Becoming a buddha is easy
But ending illusions is hard
So many frosted moonlit nights
I’ve sat and felt the cold before dawn.

~ Shih-wu (1272-1352)

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