"In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
~Albert Camus

Cloud free

"Thus, the teachings on Buddha Nature do not mean that there is some nucleus of Buddhhood enclosed in sentient beings behind the temporary obscuring stains. Rather, our whole existence as sentient beings is in itself the sum of temporary stains that float like clouds in the infinite, bright sky of Buddha Nature, the luminous, open expanse of our mind that has no limits or boundaries. Once these clouds dissolve from the warm rays of the sun of wisdom shining in this space, nothing within sentient beings has been freed or developed, but there is just this radiant expanse without any reference points of cloud-like sentient beings or cloud-free Buddhas."
(Sthiramati, 6th century Indian Buddhist scholar-monk)


One Common Mind

There is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same. He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole estate. What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand. Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series1


What is wisdom?

"So what is wisdom? Wisdom is that knowledge that nurtures relationships.  Wisdom is that knowledge that looks at us ourselves in ecological terms,  that we are as part of an ecosystem, a chain of being,  a web of existence."
Deepak Chopra



Old Picture

“Your expectation of something unique and dramatic, of some wonderful explosion, is merely hindering and delaying your Self Realization. You are not to expect an explosion, for the explosion has already happened - at the moment when you were born, when you realized yourself as Being-Knowing-Feeling. There is only one mistake you are making: you take the inner for the outer and the outer for the in...See More
— with Sonali Das and Didi Poblador Mendoza.

Pursued by awkward qualities

If you try to avoid or remove the awkward quality, it will pursue you. The only effective way to still its unease is to transfigure it, to let it become something creative and positive that contributes to who you are. Nietzche said that one of the best days in his life was the day when he re-baptized all his negative qualities as his best qualities. Rather than banishing what is at first glimpse unwelcome, you bring it home to unity with your life.....One of your sacred duties is to exercise kindness toward them. In a sense, you are called to be a loving parent to your delinquent qualities.
 ~ Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom




"Having been brought up in a mythical culture, I was very familiar with the  different motifs and themes that were encapsulated in say a mythical being, whether it was Lord Shiva, or Ganesha, or a Goddess. Just thinking the name of that person the whole story was evoked. Carl Jung called these archetypes. Archetypes are primordial encapsulated stories or mythologies and they are in the form of a seed in consciousness. When you plant that seed in consciousness, that archetypal seed,  that mythical journey, then that seed starts to sprout. And as it sprouts, the patterning forces creates the situations, circumstances, events, and relationships for the unfolding of the story.  I say select 2 or 3 heroes or heroines in mythology, or religion, or history and then ask these mythical beings to incarnate through you. And then don't be surprised when your see situations, circumstances, coincidences, synchronicity, and relationships finally show up that actually are part of the story you have been seeking to express."
Deepak Chopra


Source of a happy life

The ultimate source of a happy life is warm-heartedness. This means extending to others the kind of concern we have for ourselves. On a simple level we find that if we have a compassionate heart we naturally have more friends. And scientists today are discovering that while anger and hatred eat into our immune system, warm-heartedness and compassion are good for our health.
- Dalai Lama

Gap in between

"When one past thought has ceased and a future thought has not yet risen, in that gap, in between, isn't there a consciousness of the present moment; fresh, virgin, unaltered by even a hair's breadth of a concept,
a luminous, naked awareness? Well, that's what naturally peaceful awareness is." 

~ Sogyal Rinpoche


Live Up To It.

“If it is a myth that humans are rational, intellectual, spiritual, self aware, creative, conscientious, moral and godlike, then it is a myth we have created in defiance of our behavior. However, if we want to be human beings through the changes we face; the thing to do is not discard this self-created myth, but … live up to it.”  (Teilhard de Jardin)

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