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
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
April 20, 2014
March 30, 2014
March 6, 2014
But once I had left Eiheiji and been away for some time, coming back was different. I heard the various sounds of practice—the bells and the monks reciting the sutra—and I had a deep feeling.
There were tears flowing out of my eyes, nose, and mouth! It is the people who are outside of the monastery who feel its atmosphere. Those who are practicing actually do not feel anything.
I think this is true for everything. When we hear the sound of the pine trees on a windy day, perhaps the wind is just blowing, and the pine tree is just standing in the wind. That is all that they are doing.
But the people who listen to the wind in the tree will write a poem, or will feel something unusual. That is, I think, the way everything is.
~ Shunryu Suziki
March 1, 2014
February 8, 2014
In meditation we seem to be sitting by ourselves, but we do not sit just for ourselves. By focusing our attention on the breath, the body, thoughts, feelings, and sensations, or any other facet of our experience in meditation, we become more mindful—not mindless—through the transformative power of moment-to-moment alertness and presence of mind.
Instead of absentmindedly stumbling through life like sleepwalkers, we can use contemplative practice to achieve extraordinary insight into ourselves and the world in which we live; to inhabit and appreciate more fully the here and now; to free our minds and open our hearts, and to relax into our natural state.
The cultivation of mindfulness helps us wake up to things as they are, rather than as we would like them to be. And as we wake up to truth, to reality, we become a force for universal awakening, working with what actually is, not delusive fictions.
~ Lama Surya Das