the divine eye will open

When mind is quiet, all is Self.
When mind moves the world arises.
So be still, throw away everything,
and be free.

Then, when mind is pure, you will see Self in all beings. Give up seeing with the outer eye and the divine eye will open.

~ Papaji

 

 

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heart sutra

for valentine's day:  Thich Nhat Hanh's beautiful translation of the Heart Sutra:

The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore

 

Avalokiteshvara
while practicing deeply with
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore,
suddenly discovered that
all of the five Skandhas are equally empty,
and with this realisation
he overcame all Ill-being.

“Listen Sariputra,
this Body itself is Emptiness
and Emptiness itself is this Body.
This Body is not other than Emptiness
and Emptiness is not other than this Body.
The same is true of Feelings,
Perceptions, Mental Formations,
and Consciousness.

“Listen Sariputra,
all phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness;
their true nature is the nature of
no Birth no Death,
no Being no Non-being,
no Defilement no Purity,
no Increasing no Decreasing.

“That is why in Emptiness,
Body, Feelings, Perceptions,
Mental Formations and Consciousness
are not separate self entities.

The Eighteen Realms of Phenomena
which are the six Sense Organs,
the six Sense Objects,
and the six Consciousnesses
are also not separate self entities.

The Twelve Links of Interdependent Arising
and their Extinction
are also not separate self entities.
Ill-being, the Causes of Ill-being,
the End of Ill-being, the Path,
insight and attainment,
are also not separate self entities.

Whoever can see this
no longer needs anything to attain.

Bodhisattvas who practice
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
see no more obstacles in their mind,
and because there
are no more obstacles in their mind,
they can overcome all fear,
destroy all wrong perceptions
and realize Perfect Nirvana.

“All Buddhas in the past, present and future
by practicing
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
are all capable of attaining
Authentic and Perfect Enlightenment.

“Therefore Sariputra,
it should be known that
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
is a Great Mantra,
the most illuminating mantra,
the highest mantra,
a mantra beyond compare,
the True Wisdom that has the power
to put an end to all kinds of suffering.
Therefore let us proclaim
a mantra to praise
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore.

Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!
Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!
Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!”

https://plumvillage.org/news/thich-nhat-hanh-new-heart-sutra-translation/

endless gratitude

Many years ago, at a time of chronic unhappiness, I had the unfathomable luck to be led to Gangaji.  While at first,my mind did not always understand the words she spoke, my heart recognized what she was offering as home.  This life has not been the same since.   Here is a recent interview she did in New Zealand.  Always her words are fresh to me, and the Truth that she points to deepens and deepens.  My gratitude is endless.

https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/gangaji-helping-kiwis-find-the-deeper-layer-the-peace-that-is-always-present-inside-us?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=gangaji

 

www.gangaji.org

 

pagosa senior center

New work is up at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center as part of the "Art in Public Spaces" initiative.  Thanks to Rebecca, Cheryl, and Mariah.

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be like the breeze

"Remove all becoming, you are Being.

Becoming is effort, Being is no effort.

you are always That so be like the breeze

that is attached to neither the garbage nor the garden

that is blows over."

Papaji