This Compassionate Life

Allowing everything to be as it is

Discover It Inside

To speak most correctly, we really can’t learn from scriptures, from techniques, or from those various teachings if we are to be truly successful. To successfully reap any real benefits, we must learn in the thing itself, namely, the actual prison. Study the actual dukkha in itself, that prison itself. So we’d better look for and find this prison.

At this point, we are confronted by two choices: are you going to learn from the outside or are you going to learn from the inside? The distinction is crucial. The Buddha said that we must study from inside. The external learning is from books, ceremonies, practices, and things like that.    

- Bhikkhu Buddhadhasa

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.

—Lao Tzu (via thecalminside)

(via abiding-in-peace)

The practice is to make the non-arising of grasping and clinging absolute, final, and eternally void, so that no grasping and clinging can ever return. Just that is enough. There is nothing else to do.

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

(via abiding-in-peace)

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry (The Peace of Wild Things)

Sounds True

(via abiding-in-peace)

When the mind says, ‘Go here, do this, try that,’ you can refuse to listen. You can realize that time after time you have gone here, done this, and tried that without any satisfaction. The invitation now is to stop everything, to simply be still. When you stop all of your searching, all of your justifications and excuses, what power does thought then have? In a millisecond of stopping, a thought is seen for what it is. In that same millisecond, the presence of truth is recognized.

—Gangaji (via in-a-wonderland-they-lie)

There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.

—Adrienne Rich (via kushandwizdom)

(via sandbursong)

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.

—Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Hours (via vijara)

(Source: vijara, via lazylucid)

The Barry Long Bulletin ~ 113

barrylongquotes:

LIFE’S INTEGRITY

You have to use pain as your teacher. No-one asks you not to weep or mourn. That would be a suppression, a limitation. What you have to do is to observe what is happening, what has gone. And you might observe that the intensity of the great loss you feel diminishes with…

~ you have to use pain as your teacher ~

Let your brain whirl and spin itself
into blessed exhausted silence.
Let it rest like a baby
in the open palmed hands
of the heart held Now.

parkstepp:

Being nothing for a while

The weekend allows us place the emphasis on being rather than doing. The mild autumn weather this year allows us do that in the sunshine and under the trees:

The dream of my life
Is to lie down by a slow river
And stare at the light in the trees 
To learn something by being nothing
A little while but the rich
Lens of attention

Mary Oliver, Entering the Kingdom

From my partner @marseelee

parkstepp:

Being nothing for a while

The weekend allows us place the emphasis on being rather than doing. The mild autumn weather this year allows us do that in the sunshine and under the trees:

The dream of my life
Is to lie down by a slow river
And stare at the light in the trees
To learn something by being nothing
A little while but the rich
Lens of attention

Mary Oliver, Entering the Kingdom

From my partner @marseelee