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On Love and Rebirth

William Blake
For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.
I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.
If a thing loves, it is infinite. If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
 
Thich Nhat Hanh
You are like a candle.

Inspirations on allowing

Quotes to inspire from The Venerable Ajhan Summedho, Friedrich Nietzsche, Leonard Cohen and Milarepa…

‘Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

“ My witness is the empty sky.
Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.”

Jack Kerouac

Zengetsu wisdom

Zengetsu, great Ch’an (Zen) master of the T’ang Dynasty

1. Censure yourself but never another. Never discuss right and wrong.

2. Virtues are the results of self discipline and do not drop from the heavens like rain or snow.

3. Some things, though right, were considered wrong for generations. Since the value of righteousness may be recognised after centuries, there is no need to crave an immediate appreciation.

Verses on the theme of Love

from the Dhammapada

What neither mother, nor father, nor any other relative can do, a well-directed mind does and thereby elevates one.

Hate is not overcome by hate; by Love (Metta) alone is hate appeased. This is an eternal law.

Here he rejoices, hereafter he rejoices. In both states the well doer rejoices. He rejoices, exceedingly rejoices, perceiving the purity of his own deeds.

Thoughts on self and no self

“Mahamati, words are not the highest reality, nor is what is expressed by words the highest reality. Why? Because the highest reality is an exalted state of bliss, and cannot be entered into by mere statements”
The Lankavatara Sutra


Verbal knowledge devoid of any substance is only conceptual.
Patanjali Yoga Sutras

From the Ganakamoggallana Sutta

Translated from the Pali by IB Horner

‘Come Bhikkhu, be guarded as to the doors of the sense-organs; having seen a material shape with the eye, do not be entranced with the general appearance, do not grasp at its signs and features; for if one dwells with the organ of sight uncontrolled, covetousness and dejection, evil, unskillful states of mind, may flow in.

From Now is the Knowing

by the venerable Ajahn Sumedho

‘Sometimes we get too serious about everything, totally lacking in joy and happiness, with no sense of humour, just repressing everything. Gladden the mind, put a smile on your dial!

Be relaxed and at ease, without the pressure of having to achieve anything special — nothing to attain, no big deal, nothing special. And what can you say you have done today to earn your board and keep? Just one mindful inhalation? Crazy! But that is more than most people can say of their day.’

From Final Reflections

 by the Venerable Ajahn Chah
‘If we don’t have land to till and a home to live in, we are without an external refuge, and our lives are filled with difficulty and distress. Beyond that, there is the inner lack of not having sila[1] and Dharma[2] in our lives, of not going to hear teachings and practice Dharma.

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