we already have what we need


 

We already

have what we need.

The wisdom, the strength,

the confidence, the awakened heart

and mind are always accessible here and

now. A process of uncovering our

natural openness, uncovering

our natural intelligence

and warmth.

 

That’s why

when we feel caught

in darkness, suddenly the clouds

can part. Out of nowhere we cheer up

or relax or experience the vastness

of our minds. No one else

gives this to

you.

 

Pema Chodron

 

one awakening, hold the mysteries

 

As you

help people and

respond to their potential,

it should all be clear and free. You mustn’t

roll around in the nest of weeds or play with your

spirit in the ghost cave. If the supposed teacher uses

contrived concepts of “mysteries” and “marvels” and “the

essence of truth”, if he cocks his eyebrows and puts a gleam

in his eye and cavorts around uttering apt sayings and thereby

binds the sons and daughters of other people’s families

with doctrines he claims are absolute realities, then

he is just one blind man leading a crowd of

blind  people — how can this produce

any genuine expedient

teaching?

 

Yuanwu

 

few find the path

ernst haas

 

Friend,

please tell me what

I can do about this world I hold to,

and keep spinning out! I gave up sewn clothes,

and wore a robe, but I noticed one day the cloth was

well woven. So I bought some burlap, but I still throw it

elegantly over my shoulder. I pulled back my sexual longings,

and now I discover that I’m angry a lot. I gave up rage, and

now I notice that I am greedy all day. I worked hard at

dissolving my greed, and now I am proud of myself.

When the mind wants to break its link with

the world it still holds on to one thing.

Kabir says: Listen, my friend,

there are very few that

find the path!

 

Kabir

 

the most luminous image can’t be seen


 

When a

wise person hears Tao,

he practices it diligently. When an

average person hears Tao, he practices it

sometimes, and just as often ignores it. 

When an inferior person hears Tao,

he roars with laughter. 

If he didn’t laugh,

it wouldn’t be

Tao. 

 

Thus

the age old sayings: 

The way to illumination appears dark. 

The way that advances appears to retreat. 

The way that is easy appears to be hard. 

The highest virtue appears empty. 

The purest goodness appears soiled. 

The most profound creativity appears fallow. 

The strongest power appears weak. 

The most genuine seems unreal. 

The greatest space has no corners. 

The largest talent matures slowly. 

The highest voice can’t be heard. 

The most luminous image

can’t be seen. 

 

Tao is hidden

and has no name. 

Tao alone nourishes

and  fulfills all

things. 

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 41

 

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