remain steady & allow the world to shape itself

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this hexagram is an

encouragement to endure, to move

ahead by abiding in what is true and correct.

It is not a time to let the ego swell with successes

nor to despair at misfortunes. It is

simply a time to hold to the

path of essential



It is

likely that a

change has occurred,

or is about to. It is your responsibility

to hold your course and go on without regarding

this change. Constancy in correct thought and action

is the order of the day. Rather than letting your

head be turned, simply hold steady

on your spiritual path while

the world reforms




Do not

indulge in judgment,

impatience, or ambitious thinking

now. By concerning yourself only with what

is essential and true and good, only with what 

 is in front of you and your correct

relationship to it, you meet

with good fortune



from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 32, Heng / Duration


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spring from contemplation & joy

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The most

beautiful paintings and

sculptures, the greatest poetry,

have not always been born from torment

or bitterness. Often they have sprung from

contemplation, from joy, from an instinct or wonder

toward all things. To create from joy, to create from wonder,

demands a continual discipline, a great compassion…With time

and sincerity, you will discover a way to work and write that does

not harm you spiritually, that does not tempt you to vanity,

that is the deepest expression of your spirituality. You

will find a voice that is not your voice only, but the

voice of Reality itself. . . If you can be empty

enough, that voice can speak through you.

If you can be humble enough, that

voice can inhabit you

and use



Thuksey Rinpoche


enlightenment is a bitch


At first

it isn’t so bad —

a taste of ecstasy, the world

covered in honey. Even snails scrawl

the names of buddhas with

their silvery



But then,

too much. Pears become

unbearable, wet white flesh so tender

one could perish contemplating

the first taste.



becomes oddly redundant,

attention now like water, absorbed in tree root, 

plumbing; even fire hydrants with their red 

stubby arms become mandalas, and,

worse, the police siren revving its

wail behind my slow-moving

car sounds like a



Even my

wife’s complaints about me

finally sound true. I just bow.

Kiss her slender hands.

Carry the garbage

outside, but,

damn! The



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