great bodhisattvas strive to liberate others

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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


caring for others, you care for yourself


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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




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


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



from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 37


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awaken, rest, blaze, be still




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



Rebecca Solnit