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A few thoughts on boredom…

“When you are really bored, the best thing you can do is sit down and let yourself experience the boredom more fully. It may not be a deep or satisfying state, but at least you are not indulging in the things with which you usually cover up this kind of experience. Your real state of mind is more nakedly exposed, because for the time being there are no distractions. If you can stay with the experience of boredom, you can try to feel your way through into something deeper, truer, and more spontaneous within yourself.” – Sangharakshita, “Staying with Boredom”  (Source: Tricycle Daily Emails 5/8/13)

Louis CK on Boredom


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Some Things Are In Our Control

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crying sunset

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.  They to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, are as good as dead:  their eyes are closed.  – Albert Einstein (maybe? you can’t trust everything you read on internet…) 

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now does our world descend…

now does our world descend
the path to nothingness
(cruel now cancels kind;
friends turn to enemies)
therefore lament,my dream
and don a doer’s doom

create is now contrive;
imagined,merely know
(freedom:what makes a slave)
therefore,my life,lie down
and more by most endure
all that you never were

hide,poor dishonoured mind
who thought yourself so wise;
and much could understand
concerning no and yes:
if they’ve become the same
it’s time you unbecame

where climbing was and bright
is darkness and to fall
(now wrong’s the only right
since brave are cowards all)
therefore despair,my heart
and die into the dirt

but from this endless end
of briefer each our bliss–
where seeing eyes go blind
(where lips forget to kiss)
where everything’s nothing
–arise,my soul;and sing

by E. E. Cummings

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you are the universe

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Lotus Precepts“The precepts contain the totality of the teachings of the Buddhadharma. This is not immediately apparent, and it may take us ten to twenty years of practice before we really see it and actualize it in our lives. But it is all there. Totally engaged and thoroughly appreciated, the precepts continue to be a bottomless source of wisdom, helping us to embrace our full human potential, our Buddha-nature. These precepts are the most complete and far-reaching facet of the dharma I could possibly share.” 

1. Affirm life. Do not kill.
2. Be giving. Do not steal.
3. Honor the body. Do not misuse sexuality. 
4. Minifest truth. Do not lie.
5. Proceed clearly. Do not cloud the mind.
6. See the perfection. Do not speak of others’ errors and faults. 
7. Realize self and other as one. Do not elevate the self and blame others. 
8. Give generously. Do not be withholding. 
9. Actualize harmony. Do not be angry. 
10. Experience the intimacy of things. Do not defile the Three Treasures. 

Except from “The Heart of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism” by John Daido Loori

I had a really cool night. I video chat in to my old sitting group. We sat together and then talked the precepts. Really cool stuff. I love my little mini sangha. 

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ImageI was struck this morning by how enriched my life has become by being willing to be draw on the wisdom of others. I spend a lot of time listening to the life experiences of others, letting their example guide me. Slowly but surely…  

This morning I was reminded by a friend, “I’ve had much to worry about in my life, most of which never happened.” 

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