Seeing the emptiness of reason, supreme logic is perfected.

When you know that great and small are groundless, you have entered the highest gateway.

Comprehending beyond good and evil opens the way to perfect skill.

Experiencing the dissolution of duality, you embrace the highest view.

~ Song’s of Milarepa, Response To A Logician

content in all things

July 2, 2017

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

~ Paul of Tarsus

you are the miracle

July 2, 2017

If you want to feel a great relief from the project of getting enlightened, or saving the earth, just try becoming ordinary. To accomplish this, stop trying to be any-thing. Just Being is enough.

You might look at ordinary objects and say, “There are no miracles.” But in fact, these objects are miraculous – the dandelion, the cloud, the dewdrop, the eyes of a child – for they exist, and Being itself is a transcendental, breath-taking, never-ending miracle.

If you realize that you Are the miracle, you will see everyone as a miracle. That is the only solution to our crisis.

~ Fred LaMotte

beyond cynicism

June 10, 2017

Most of our interior work isn’t so much learning new habits as it is unlearning old ones.

Sometimes I think innocence is primarily a lack of cynicism.

Perhaps the first step to regaining one’s innocence and wonder is to practice not being so cynical.

~ Scott Kinnaird

I love you BA
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As our fixed ideas about experience change, we see that up to now we have scarcely appreciated our immediate experience. This lack of attention has reinforced our tendency to live in the past or to seek new experience in the future.

We can change this around through practice. As our experience opens to wider perspectives, our senses, our body, and our consciousness become vibrantly alive.

Patterns of craving and frustration give way to the flowing interaction with the process of living. All imbalances drop away, and whatever satisfaction or healing we need is provided naturally.

This protection, this balance, this genuine self-sufficiency allows us to open to the endless possibility of each moment and to discover the richness and depth of all experience.

~ Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche

The New Testament word repentance is a translation of the Greek word “metanoia,” which denotes a change of mind, a reorientation, a fundamental transformation of outlook. “Meta” means beside or beyond and “noia” means thought or mind. Beyond thought.

One could say repentance is a suspension of current thinking to make room for a totally new way of thinking, to enable a change of course.

I think the poet and theologian Fred LaMotte put it really well when he said, “to repent is to transcend the intellect, to go into the silence beyond thought, beyond ideology, even beyond religion. That’s where the forgiveness is.”

That’s where the forgiveness is. I love the imagery in that sentence.

Too many times we equate repentance with regret. And, we come by it honestly, because Matthew 27:3 uses the Greek verb metamelomai in stating that Judas “repented himself” after he saw Jesus being led away. In this context, metamelomai denotes “painful sorrow” or “remorseful regret.”

But, we should remember the remorseful shock Judas felt isn’t the only form of repentance available to us. We should also celebrate the liberation of repentance, of changing our mind and suspending our thinking for an opportunity to try something new and better.

Repentance can provide relief from the suffering, confusion and exhaustion we experience from clinging to tired habits, close-mindedness and fear. All of which can be replaced with the joy, contentment and encouragement of the Good News.

life is perfect

February 26, 2017

“Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality.”

~ Shunryu Suzuki

It’s so difficult for people to understand that it is our unmet expectations that cause us to think no-thing can be perfect, whereas reality is always perfect simply because it is what actually is.

Proximity is the key that unlocked this for me. Are the sun and stars perfect? Sure. Is that ocean wave or that cloud perfect? Yep. Are the deer running through my back yard doing it right? Of course they are. Those things are away from me and don’t ‘apparently’ affect me.

But, the closer things get to me, my expectations take over and my judging mind chooses this over that and very few things are ever right, let alone perfect.

I finally realized the things that happen to me are no more or less critical than what happens to that star, ocean wave, or deer (outside the expectations of my thinking mind). I woke up to the fact that perfection does indeed describe reality. I can choose to sit with that perfection in contentment or chafe with contention, but it doesn’t change the perfection of what is.

To me this is what Suzuki was describing.