Grasping

The outer world in all its variety and our inner world of thoughts and emotions are not as they seem.

All phenomena appear to exist objectively, but their true mode of existence is like a dream: apparent yet insubstantial.

The experience of emptiness is not found outside of the world of ordinary appearance, as many people mistakenly assume. In truth, we experience emptiness when the mind is free of grasping at appearance.

-Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, “The Theater of Reflection” (Thank you Martie for this great thought for today!)

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)

Overcoming Fear ~ A Tricycle article link included

Overcoming Fear

Identifying with a desire or a fear tightens the knot that binds one to it and thereby increases the sway it can have over one. Only when Buddha was able to experience the desires and fears that threatened to overwhelm him as nothing but impersonal and ephemeral conditions of mind and body, did they lose their power to mesmerize him. Instead of perceiving them as forces of an avenging army intent on his destruction, he recognized that they were no more solid than brittle, unfired pots that crumble on being struck by a well-aimed stone. As soon as Buddha stopped compulsively identifying the thoughts, feelings, and sensations that arose within him as “me” or “mine,” Mara could no longer influence him.

– Stephen Batchelor, “Living with the Devil” (Summer 2004)~ Tricycle

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

Illusion

We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.-Buddhist Quote