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

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

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