Buddha’s Lesson on Forgiveness

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Most people get easily offended or insulted by people who behave in an rude manner, not realizing that each and every person has a story, and being unaware of the healing power kindness.

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the diamond state

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I first posted this in August of 2014, and this caught my attention again after I posted diamond heart a few days ago.

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vajra – the diamond state

The Sanskrit word “vajra” entered into my consciousness a few days ago accompanied by a vision of a male figure sitting cross-legged inside a diamond-shaped geometric structure standing on end in space. The energy quality of the vision and of the structure with the man inside correspond with the character of the Vajra described below. Continue reading

smooth natural mind

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Nyu nan shin means a smooth, natural mind.”

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Shunryu Suzuki:

This naturalness is very difficult to explain. But if you can just sit and experience the actuality of nothingness in your practice, there is no need to explain. If it comes out of nothingness, whatever you do is natural, and that is true activity. You have the true joy of practice, the true joy of life in it.

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forget about yourself

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Shunryu Suzuki:

“So it is absolutely necessary for everyone to believe in nothing. But I do not mean voidness. There is something, but that something is something which is always prepared for taking some particular form, and it has some rules, or theory, or truth in its activity. This is called Buddha nature, or Buddha himself. When this existence is personified we call it Buddha; when we understand it as the ultimate truth we call it Dharma; and when we accept the truth and act as a part of the Buddha, or according to the theory, we call ourselves Sangha. But even though there are three Buddha forms, it is one existence which has no form or color, and it is always ready to take form and color. This is not just theory.

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eagle’s eye view

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When situations are causing too much inner noise, it is best to withdraw and take the eagle’s-eye view. From that height you can see clearly what must be done, and you can move on with strength, confidence, and a sense of freedom. From this lofty view you will see where old ways of thinking are limiting you.

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Clarity, understanding, and enlightenment await you on the journey; give your mind a break and relax into this in-between state. 

source: Bobby Klein, I Ching Weekly, July 2019

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natural sexuality

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I have always found Krishnamurti to be one of the clearest voices in our modern times. The following conversation with Rom Landau on the topic of sex is a most straightforward view on sexuality and why humanity has such problems with a natural understanding of the role of sex and its relationship to love and affection in our lives.
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vulnerability and deep time

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“The truly human is always experienced in vulnerability, in mutuality, in reciprocity.” 

“To be a contemplative is to learn to trust deep time and to learn how to rest there and not be wrapped up in chronological time. Because what you’ve learned, especially by my age, is that all of it passes away. The things that you’re so impassioned about when you’re 22 or 42 don’t even mean anything anymore, and yet you got so angry about it or so invested in it. So, this word contemplation — it’s a different form of consciousness. It’s a different form of time.”

Franciscan spiritual teacher Father Richard Rohr

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illuminating spirits

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Zen Master Hongzhi:

With this unification I radiantly speak the dharma. The self divides into ten billion distinct illuminating spirits. Distinguish these without falling into names and classifications and accord fully without effort. The mirror is clear and magnanimous. The valley is empty, but echoes. From the beginning unbound by seeing or hearing, the genuine self romps and plays in samadhi without obstruction. When enacted like this, how could it not be beneficial?

source p. 50

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