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daybreak2
January 22, 2015

DAYBREAK

A Hasidic rabbi, talking about daybreak, the time for certain holy prayers, asked his pupils how they could tell when night had ended and day had begun. “Is it when you can see an animal in the distance and know whether it’s a sheep or a dog?” “No,” answered the rabbi. “Is it,” asked another - Read More -

image
December 13, 2014

BE MELTING SNOW

Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.   -Rumi

AFGHN-10118, Victims of violence, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1985
October 19, 2014

VIRTUE

While reading Lao-tzu on this beautiful morning in Chicago, two passages about virtue (goodness) caught my eye and begged to be shared ;) PRACTICING VIRTUE To practice virtue is to selflessly offer assistance to others, giving without limitation one’s time, abilities, and possessions in service, whenever and wherever needed, without prejudice concerning the identity of those - Read More -

boy wave brooklyn
August 7, 2014

TRUE VIRTUE

If the whole world praises him, he is not elated. If the whole world condemns him, he is not beaten. In a word, praise and blame cannot change his conduct. Such a man possesses true virtue. As for myself, I am still among those who are influenced by the opinions of others, like the wind - Read More -

maya-angelou
May 28, 2014

WITH LOVE TO DR MAYA

Though I did not have the privilege of knowing Dr. Maya Angelou personally, I feel like I did. Her spirit reminds me so much of my grandmother’s. My amazing grandmother was also very fond of saying, “When you know better, you do better,” and “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time,” two - Read More -

wheres waldo
April 30, 2014

I CANNOT BE FOUND

Just as a man shudders with horror when he steps upon a serpent, but laughs when he looks down and sees that it is only a rope, so I discovered one day that what I was calling “I” cannot be found, and all fear and anxiety vanished with my mistake. -The Buddha     Photo - Read More -

yin and yang desert
February 9, 2014

NO RIGHT WITHOUT WRONG

Everything can be seen as a this; Everything can be seen as a that. The that depends on the this; the this mirrors the that. One follows from the other; each is inseparable from both. You can’t have right without wrong, life without death, the true without the false. The Master is not trapped in - Read More -

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January 19, 2014

HUMILITY AND FREEDOM

This morning I read a remarkable perspective of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ended the terror of living as a black person in the United States. The article discusses how he taught the black community to face their worst fears and, as a community, accept abuse with a non-violent reaction. In the ways of Gandhi, Dr. King - Read More -

duck walking on water
January 15, 2014

PRAY AND PRACTICE

The Buddha taught: “If you are standing on one shore and want to cross over to the other shore, you have to use a boat or swim across. You cannot just pray, ‘Oh, other shore, please come over here for me to step across!’” To a Buddhist, praying without also practicing is not real prayer. - Read More -

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