Mind is a mirror in which
the light of the soul reflects.
strengthening our willingness to begin again…..through community, challenge, and silence…..where do we spend this life we are given? what soul-breath breathes into our choices?
To achieve inner stillness, silence, or eternal power, you don’t have to find a spiritual teacher, embark on a different spiritual path, or live in a cave for thirteen years. Instead, you can simply cultivate deep listening. In doing so, you may find yourself guided to that teacher, new practice, or cave after all…..Marilyn Schlitz
Becoming the flowers, we bloom; becoming the birds, we sing. We lose track of whether we are the bird or the bird is us; all distinctions drop away. When our mind opens completely and we pierce through the bottom of the ego, there is nothing throughout the heavens and the earth that we need to seek. This body, as it is, is the Buddha. When we can receive this, the scenery of spring is more than just the forms of nature. When the Buddha saw the morning star he was awakened to his clear Original Nature. Kyogen was enlightened upon hearing a piece of rubble hit a stalk of bamboo, and Hakuin upon hearing the sound of the morning bell. These are all everyday moments. In the midst of our ordinary lives, who knows when or where we will encounter the great radiance of buddha-nature? Sweeping the garden we ask, ‘What is this?’ Eating our food we ask, ‘What is this?’ Prostrating to everything we ask, ‘What is this?’ This is our living, vivid energy. We creatively continue without letting go, and we don’t know what it will be that will bring this great sudden amazement and wonder……..Shodo Harada