harmony in the subtle chaos

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Joy is a beautiful quality of the human heart. To feel it brings a much-needed balance to the struggles and pain we can experience. It is an essential quality on the spiritual path, one the Buddha talked of frequently. It is the quality of inner joy that enables spiritual practitioners to endure the ardor the ascetic life. Awareness practice has taught me how to pay attention and how to wake up to the beautiful world around me. It is this joy that has inspired me to lead others into the wilderness. The more open our awareness, the more we can’t help but be touched by life around us. This more subtle kind of joy allows us to be content wherever we are, feeling the happiness of simply being alive…..Mark Coleman

how can we study without losing our way? how can we begin again and again with a new way of being? how can we forget to consider our doubts?

To study the Way, is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things……Zen Master Dogen

master of the moment

Thus shall ye think of all of this fleeting world

As a star at dawn, a bubble in stream;

A flash of lightning in a summer cloud

A flickering lamp, a phantom, a dream.

….The Buddha

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