this and that

August 26, 2017

The great way is not difficult
for those not attached to preferences.
When not attached to love or hate,
all is clear and undisguised.
Separate by the smallest amount, however,
and you are as far from it as heaven is from earth.
If you wish to know the truth,
then hold to no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.

~ Hsin-Hsin Ming

you are the seer

August 13, 2017

Egoism (selfhood) is the identification of the seer with the instrument of seeing.

The seer is really the Self, the pure one, the ever holy, the infinite, the immortal.

This is the Self of man. And what are the instruments?

The Chitta or mind-stuff, the Buddhi or determinative faculty, the Manas or mind, and the Indriyas or sense-organs.

These are the instruments for him to see the external world, and the identification of the Self with the instruments is what is called the ignorance of egoism.

We say, “I am the mind,” “I am thought,” “I am angry,” or “I am happy.”

Through ignorance, we identify ourselves with the mind-stuff, and think we feel pleasure or pain.

~ Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

now is the time

August 12, 2017

We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infintesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present.

Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience.

We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is.

We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.

~ Alan Watts

peace party

August 4, 2017

I threw a potluck for the gods.
Jesus brought wine.
Buddha brought an empty cup.
Krishna made sweet flute sounds.
What would Shiva bring?
The moon, a polished bowl
full of blackberries.
Their mother came too,
playing her vina, breaking
pomegranates and coconuts open.
Having nothing to offer
but my heart, I held space
for the party, where the path
of this breath ends in a pavilion
garlanded with scarlet blossoms.
If you can find the place,
you’re invited too.
What will you bring?

~ Fred Lamotte

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