life


 

The clouds

above us join and separate, the

breeze in the courtyard leaves and returns.

Life is like that, so why not relax?

Who can stop us from

celebrating?

 

Lu Yu

 

the ego is a monkey


 

The ego

is a monkey

catapulting through

the jungle. Totally fascinated

by the realm of the senses, it swings from

one desire to the next, one conflict to the next,

one self-centered idea to the next. If you threaten it,

it actually fears for its life. Let this monkey go.

Let the senses go. Let desires go. Let conflicts

go. Let ideas go. Let the fiction of life and

death go. Just remain in the center,

watching. And then forget

that you are

there.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 10

 

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don’t linger with what is trivial and shallow

 

Hexagram 48: CHING / THE WELL

 

Deluded

people fill the world.

If you’re determined to join

the buddhas instead, then

don’t linger with what

is trivial and

shallow.

 

Annihilate ignorance.

Rescue the suffering.

Take up the responsibility

for eliminating all

that obstructs

the Way.

 

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the divine

 

The

divine is

the experience of being

part of one’s natural environment,

vibrating with its energy, connected to all,

without having to erect imaginary

boundaries between the

self and the

other.

 

Anouar Majid

 

stop struggling

papaji
 

Milarepa,

the twelfth-century Tibetan

yogi who sang wonderful songs about

the proper way to meditate, said that the mind

has more projections than there are dust motes in a

sunbeam and that even hundreds of spears couldn’t put

an end to that. As meditators we might as well stop struggling

against our thoughts and realize that honesty and humor

are far more inspiring and helpful than any

kind of solemn religious striving

for or against

anything.

 

Pema Chodron