loving kindness

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I Ching #42 Increasing

The superior man sets his person at rest before he moves; he composes his mind before he speaks; he makes his relations firm before he asks for something. By attending to these three matters, the superior man gains complete security. But if a man is brusque in his movements, others will not co-operate. If he is agitated in his words, they awaken no echo in others. If he asks for something without having first established relations, it will not be given to him. If no one is with him, those who would harm him draw near.

He follows the good as quickly as the wind and corrects his faults as firmly as thunder. … If he does not keep his heart constantly steady, misfortune will befall him. The energy of loving kindness keeps his heart steady in the face of all turbulence.

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you are alive in this moment

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This is one short but very valuable passage from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “Be Free Where You Are”. I have been practicing this way for quite a while and I can confirm that it is one of the most effective, as well as simple meditations which can be done continually throughout the day. I very often do it when in bed for the night to calm the energy of the day and open me up to a restful night’s sleep. Enjoy! Continue reading

the direct teaching

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How to Contemplate Buddha

Contemplating your own authentic form is how to contemplate Buddha. If you can experience yourself without distractions, simply surpass partiality and go beyond conceptualizing. All buddhas and all minds reach the essential without duality. Patch- robed monks silently wander and tranquilly dwell in the empty spirit, wondrously penetrating, just as the supreme emptiness permeates this dusty kalpa.

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a vision of God

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Ramana – Talk 30


Mr. N. Natesa Iyer, the leader of the Bar in a South Indian town, an orthodox Brahmin, asked: “Are the gods Iswara or Vishnu and their sacred regions Kailasa or Vaikuntha real?
Ramana: As real as you are in this body.
D: Do they possess a vyavahara satya, i.e., phenomenal existence, like my body? Or are they fictions like the horn of a hare?
R: They do exist.
D: If so, they must be somewhere. Where are they?
R: Persons who have seen them say that they exist somewhere. So we must accept their statement.
D: Where do they exist?
R: In you.
D: Then it is only idea – that which I can create and control?
R: Everything is like that.
D: But I can create pure fictions e.g., hare’s horn or only part truths, e.g. mirage, while there are also facts irrespective of my imagination. Do the gods Iswara or Vishnu exist like that?
R: Yes.
D: Is He subject to pralaya (cosmic dissolution)?
R: Why? Man becoming aware of the Self transcends cosmic dissolution (pralaya) and becomes liberated (mukta). Why not God (Iswara) who is infinitely wiser and abler?

source p. 45

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D: Is it not possible to get a vision of God?
R: Yes. You see this and that. Why not see God? Only you must know what God is. All are seeing God always. But they do not know it. You find out what God is. People see, yet see not, because they know not God.

source p. 49

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compassion

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Looking out into the rainy forest

I feel how everything is soaking up the water

We are the water of love for each other

The source is inside

Let it flow into your own body-mind

and into the World around us

This water flows endlessly

with no preferences

It always seeks the lowest 

Let it fill my inner pool,

a clear autumn pool

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