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December 14, 2015

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,[a] and the life wa...

December 8, 2015

 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light around me become night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark;  
    the night is as bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light.  Psalm 139, NRSV...

December 1, 2015

USave your life and lose it, lose it and save it. -Jesus


In the classic collection of Zen koans The Blue Cliff Record, Yunmen says that the teaching is upside down


That is, what's down is up and what's up is down. Things are never as they seem. You believe in one outco...

December 1, 2015

The Koan: A woman raised a goose in a bottle. When the goose was grown, she wanted to get it out. How can you get it out without breaking the bottle. 

Another impossible question similar to questions I ask myself, the ones that go like this:  

  • How can I tell the tr...

December 1, 2015

One day, while the Layman was meditating in his sitting hut, he suddenly cried out, “It’s hard, hard, hard! And I’ve put two coats of linseed oil on this platform too!”

His wife said, “It’s easy, easy, easy! Just turn your eyes to the floor, lower your feet to it, and b...

December 1, 2015

 No One is Good

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.

Some graduate students in psychology c...

December 1, 2015

 

Once it was said, "It is like a Fisher who went out to fish. She draws a net full of small fish into her boat. She sorts through the small fish and finds one big fish, large and excellent! She takes the big fish and lets the small fish go back into the water. If you h...

December 1, 2015

 

Be Kind with Yourself
As with life so with meditation: It is best to be kind.  If meditation is a technique then I suppose it can be done wrong. As with any technique, say a golf swing, you can do it beter or you can do it not so well.  Meditaiton is not a technique,...

December 1, 2015

Hello Everyone, 
We like to surround ourselves with that which is familiar. We believe that we can count on the familiar to take us through life.  One thing that I have noticed is that in trusting the familiar I often disengage from what is happening around me, just co...

December 1, 2015

 

 



What is the dharmakaya?  Zhaozhou replied, “What is it that you dislike that you ask that question?”
 
Go ahead, Google it: Why meditate?  All sorts of lists come up extolling the virtues of meditation.

  • It is a way of handling stress.

  • If you meditate y...

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