Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

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Postby winston » Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:35 pm

Receiving What Is Here

The gate of liberation is always open … if only you could actually recognize and receive what is here in front of you, rather than what you wish were here instead.

—Koshin Paley Ellison, “Being Content with What We Have”
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:15 pm

Inner and Outer Practice

Genuine spiritual practice offers a way to face both our inner and outer worlds and to bring these two related realms into living, loving dialogue.

—Gaylon Ferguson, “Natural Bravery”
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:02 am

What internal exercise should we take up in our daily living, to ensure we grow spiritually?

When thoughts come surging to your mind, you should spend at least a few minutes enquiring whether such thoughts are good thoughts or bad ones and whether they are for the good of your country, and whether they are going to be helpful or not to the community around you.

If they are bad, you must immediately put them aside; and if they are good, you must make an attempt to promote them.

When a thorny plant is seen, it is removed the moment it is recognised as a thorny plant; but when a good fruit tree comes up, we try to take care of it and promote its growth.

In the same manner, in the field of your heart, as soon as bad ideas sprout, you must pull them out and throw them away.

As the seeds grow into a big tree, man also must try to grow and become the Divine ultimately.

- Summer Roses on the Blue Mountains, 1976, Ch 2.

Fullness in life is marked by the harmony of thought, word and deed.

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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

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Change the Direction of Your Thoughts

Mindfulness allows us to watch our thoughts, see how one thought leads to the next, decide if we’re heading toward an unhealthy path, and if so, let go and change directions.

—Sharon Salzberg, “Mindfulness and Difficult Emotions”
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:16 am

Kindness and compassion are the hallmark of a true human being.

- Baba
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:04 pm

Go Beyond Good and Bad

Fortune and misfortune, good and bad—not everything is how it looks to your eyes.

It’s not how you think it is either.

We’ve got to go beyond fortune and misfortune, good and bad.

—Kodo Sawaki Roshi, “To You”
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:55 am

Why should we welcome trials and tribulations?

Even a diamond does not get its value unless we cut the facets on it.

Even pure gold will not be turned into a beautiful ornament unless it is repeatedly beaten hard and put into fire.

In all pains and troubles, we should recognise only paths for getting ultimate happiness.

- Summer Roses on the Blue Mountains, 1976, Ch 3.

Never feel depressed when you are weighed down by difficulties. The Divine will never
impose on you the ordeals which you cannot bear.

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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:10 pm

Improve Your Mind

Merit created through skillful means and wisdom is for more than physical comfort; it is to improve the conditions for your mind.

—Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “Noble Wishes”
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:49 am

Why should the circle of our love always expand and not contract?

It is the Divine Will that operates as Love in each of us.

It is He who prompts the prayer - "Let all the worlds be happy." For, He makes us aware that the Divine we adore, the Divine we love, the Divine we live by, is in every other being as Love.

Thus, Love expands and encompasses all creation.

Looking a little closer, we discover that life itself is Love. They are not two but one.

Love is the very nature of life, as burning is the nature of fire, or wetness of water, or sweetness of sugar.

We tend a plant only when the leaves are green; when they become dry and the plant becomes a life-less stick, we stop loving it.

Love lasts as long as life exists.

The mother is loved as long as there is life in her; when life departs, we bury her without the least compunction.

Love is bound with life. In fact, Love is Life. The person with no Love to share is as bad as dead. This is the reason why love expands in an ever widening circle.

- Divine Discourse, Dec 25, 1981.

You are all caskets of Divine Love; share it, spread it, express that love in acts of service,
words of empathy and acts of compassion.

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