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On

waking

after the accident I

was presented with the

“whole picture” as they say,

magnificently detailed, a child’s

diorama of what life appears to be:

staring at the picture I became drowsy

with relief when I noticed a yellow dot of light

in the lower right-hand corner. I unhooked the machines

and tubes and crawled to the picture, which turned out to be a

miniature tunnel at the end of which I could see mountains and stars

whirling and tumbling, sheets of emotions, vertical rivers, upside down

lakes, herds of unknown mammals, birds shedding feathers and 

regrowing them instantly, snakes with feathered heads eating

their own shed skins, fish swimming straight up, the

bottom of Isaiah’s robe, live whales on dry ground,

lions drinking from a golden bowl of milk,

the rush of night, and somewhere in

this the murmur of gods —

a tree-rubbing-tree music,

a sweet howl of water and

rock-grating-rock, fire

hissing from fissures,

the moon settled

comfortably on

the ground,

beginning

to roll.

 

Jim Harrison

beloved mentor, friend, guide

December 11, 1937 – March 26, 2016

 

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Great bodhisattvas

arrive at consummate skill in means;

they are always concerned with the welfare of all

sentient beings, they do not reject the realm of common

ignorance, do not seek individual escape, do not cling to their own

happiness. They only strive to edify and liberate others; they are

able to enter and exit meditations and liberations, and have

attained mastery of all concentrations. They come

and go in birth and death as though

roaming through a park,

never getting sick

of it.

 

Avatamsaka Sutra

 

the Way pervades all

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The Way

is not what the ancestors

transmit. Before the ancestors come,

it already pervades the whole environment.

Emptiness is inherently without characteristics;

spirituality cannot be imitated. On its own,

illumination emerges from causes

and  conditions. Simply unite

with it; you cannot be

handed

it.

 

Hongzhi Zhengjue

 

caring for others, you care for yourself

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A

superior person

cares for the well-being of all things.

She does this by accepting responsibility for the energy

she manifests, both actively and in the subtle realm. Looking at a tree,

she sees not an isolated event but root, leaves, trunk, water,

soil and sun: each event related to the others,

and “tree” arising out of their

relatedness.

 


Looking

at herself or another,

she sees the same thing. Trees and

animals, humans and insects, flowers and birds:

These are active images of the subtle energies that flow

from the stars throughout the universe. Meeting

and combining with each other and

the elements of the earth, they

give rise to all living

things.
 
 
The

superior person

understands this, and understands

that her own energies play a part in it. Understanding

these things, she respects the earth as her mother, the heavens

as her father, and all living things as her brothers and sisters.

Caring for them, she knows that she cares for herself.

Giving to them, she knows that she gives to

herself. At peace with them, she is

always at peace with

herself.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 37

 

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awaken, rest, blaze, be still

meditation

 

The

desire to go

home that is a desire to

be whole, to know where you are,

to be the point of intersection of all the lines

drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker

and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken

from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal,

to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness

and blaze with light, to cease to

speak and be perfectly

understood.

 

Rebecca Solnit