1/22/2022

Thich Nhat Han

 

I celebrate your long life of teaching and being part of this world. Birth - Jan 22, 2022.
“I asked the leaf whether it was afraid to fall, since it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, "No. During the whole spring and summer I was very alive. I worked hard and helped nourish the tree, and much of me is in the tree. Please do not think that I am just this form, because this leaf form is only a tiny part of me. I am the whole tree. I know that I am already inside the tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. That is why I do not worry. As I drop from the branch and float down to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’"
Suddenly I had a kind of insight very much like the insight contained in the Heart Sutra. You have to see life. You shouldn’t say, life of the leaf, but life in the leaf, and life in the tree. My life is just Life, and you can see it in me and in the tree. I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, and I knew that we have a lot to learn from the leaf because it was not afraid; it knew that nothing can be born and nothing can die.”
Thich Nhat Hanh in “The Other Shore” (Parallax 2017)

1/20/2022

Chagdud Rinpoche


 

"From the depth of my heart I tell you:
one moment of kindness to another being,
one act of pure intention
is worth more than all the wealth in the world
when you are dying.
So practice now, while you can,
to the greatest possible extent in every situation.
This will fulfill the supreme purpose of your life,
and at the time of death,
you will have no regrets."

Remembering Malidoma Somae


 

1/13/2022

Time Heals ~ Not

 


A Reality, not THE Reality

 

"If everybody would agree that their current reality is A reality,
and that what we essentially share is our capacity for constructing a reality, then perhaps we could all agree on a meta-agreement for computing a reality that would mean survival and dignity for everyone on the planet, rather than each group being sold on a particular way of doing things."
~Francisco Varela

1/06/2022

Machiavelli


 

Chairein

 


The Greek verb chairein means “to rejoice, have grace, be gratified” and is formed from the noun “charis.”   Charis is generally translated as ‘grace” with reference to “beauty” and pleasing things like a sunrise, a poem, a song.  Charis also means favor, boon, gift, benefaction bestowed, charity.  The God Charon is a wisdom teacher and steersman on the River Styx. 

Aldous

 


Mazlov's Pyramid


 

1/03/2022

Eros


Eros and Soul-image
'...the feminine images are not the eros itself but the objects of its longing (pothos). A drive has a corresponding projection, a goal it seeks, a grail to hold its blood.
These containers may be represented by the anima images which Jung describes, and a quality of eros may be correlated with each of these figures, but the figures are not the eros. They are not the lovers but the beloved; they are the reflections of love. They are the means by which eros can see itself. When our desire is mirrored by a cheering coed or a nursing nun, through the specificity of the soul-image we are able to know more precisely about the quality of our desire. But the desire is not the cheerleader, not the nurse. The images are soul- portraits by means of which eros is drawn into the psychic field and can be witnessed as a psychic event.Soul is the arrow's target, the fire's combustible material, the labyrinth through which it dances.' Hillman. 1985. Anima: an anatomy of a personified notion. P. 21

12/27/2021

Ubuntu

 


“A too highly developed individualism can lead to a debilitating sense
of isolation so that you can be lonely and lost in a crowd.... 
Ubuntu is not easy to describe because it has no equivalent in any of the Western languages.... Ubuntu speaks to the essence of being human
and our understanding that the human person is corporate.
The solitary individual is in our understanding a contradiction in terms.
You are a person through other persons. Ubuntu speaks about the importance of communal harmony ... speaks about warmth, compassion, generosity, hospitality, and seeks to embrace others.”