You are That

Soul of all souls, life of life – you are That

Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving – you are That

The road that leads to the City is endless;

Go without head or feet

And you’ll already be there.

What else could you be? – you are That.   ~ Rumi

Awakening from the Illusion

Buddhism is really about awakening from the illusion about ourselves and the world, and realizing reality – who we are and what is real and how things are interconnected through karma and causation and so on. In a Dzogchen text, it says, “From the beginning, we are all Buddhas by nature, we only have to realize that fact.” So in Dzogchen the whole practice of what we call the view, meditation, and action is about awakening to – not just our momentary personality – “self” with a small s – but our true Buddha nature, our original nature.

-Lama Surya Das, “Old Wine, New Bottles” (Tricycle Interview)

Metta for the Homeless

This is a comment I posted to another group about sharing Metta with the Homeless….

“Metta is for all sentient beings whether they be weak or strong. It is also my belief that metta is for sentient beings with homes and those without homes. Metta to all and for all. Namaste.”

If I were to withhold Metta from ‘this’ person/group or ‘that’ person/group then do I truly have Metta for myself? No, I am them and they are me.

Being interdependent means when I give I receive….when I receive I give… thereby when I give to another sentient being, I receive from another sentient being.

Saying a homeless sentient being is worth less than a sentient being with a home…is not Metta.

Namaste

The Swivet [Colleen Lindsay]: When compassion dies, we’re all lessened as human beings: why we need gay marriage now more than ever.

I am passing Colleen’s blog post on… so you can be aware, be compassionate, be kind, be mindful of how we treat others is a reflection of how we treat ourselves.

It is not okay to treat beings in a ‘less than’ way. To do so is to deny our Supreme Being in what ever we perceive her/him/them.

Read her post….read the essay….and do as your Heart requires.  The Swivet [Collen Lindsey]

Namaste,

Talon