Uncooked Seeds

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There is a story about an old Zen monk who was dying, who had finished everything and was about to get off the wheel. He was just floating away, free and in his pure Buddha-mind, when a thought passed by of a beautiful deer he had once seen in a field. And he held on… Read more »

Nobody Home

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The question of whether a being is fully realized or not depends on whether that being is really egoless or just appears to be. If a person still identifies with thought forms or desires, the work is not complete. In perfection there’s no clinging at all. Perhaps now you begin to see the subtlety of… Read more »

The Purpose of a Lineage

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Image Credit: © 2014 Judy Olson – www.judyolsonphotos.com My own lineage is reflected in the name Ram Dass, which means “servant of God.” It’s a path of devotion to God/Guru, and the expression of that devotion is through service to all beings. Mother Teresa reflected this lineage when she spoke of serving the lepers in… Read more »

Beyond Conditions

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(Artwork by Kelly Lundeen: http://www.kellylundeenstudios.com) The optimal strategy in behavior change, with yourself and every other human being, is compassion. That means, as far as I understand it, the ability to see how it all is. As long as you have certain desires about how you think it ought to be, you can’t hear how it… Read more »