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)

pine trees standing

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

sovereign silence

March 1, 2014

Underneath the noise, notice the unchanging stillness.

Be involved in the world, be passionate and free, yet stay rooted in the infinite silence within.

In the depths of the ocean, the waves on the surface break and crash, yet make no sound.

~ Jeff Foster


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