Archive for April 22nd, 2012

The View


Life is but a dream!

“Once you have the View, although the delusory perceptions of samsara may arise in your mind, you will be like the sky; when a rainbow appears in front of it, it’s not particularly flattered, and when the clouds appear, it’s not particularly disappointed either. There is a deep sense of contentment. You chuckle from inside as you see the facade of samsara and nirvana; the View will keep you constantly amused, with a little inner smile bubbling away all the time.”

— Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (from the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – Sogyal Rinpoche – p. 170)

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Great Post. I’m glad that science can show what we’ve always known… meditation cultivates a difference!

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Have been watching a movie this weekend… I’m feeling some symptoms of some sort of cold or something… So I’ve been resting, taking my zinc, reading, meditating, catching up with emails to friends, etc… knowing that I have a to do list a mile long…

But anyway, back to the movie…

So, a woman who thinks she’s dying takes the trip of a life time, says what she feels, does what she’s always wanted to do, etc.  And I’m curled up in my blanket thinking… why do we wait?

Why do we wait so long?

Why do we wait until the end is near or something major is on the line before we drop all of the pretenses and do something real, major, alive. . .

Would we love, devote ourselves to making a difference in someone’s life, in the world, would we show up and stand to be counted if there was nothing such as death?

Could we really exist without this edge?

It seems like it is because of this edge that we take the leaps, throw caution to the wind, not care what others think or say, and well, get down to what’s real….

So why have you said no to someone who has asked?

Why have you not gotten out of the relationship or career that not only doesn’t feed your soul but robs it and leaves you emptier than empty?

Why do you continue to say, tomorrow, some day, when I retire, if only…

One of the greatest things we can do for kids we are around is encourage them to fail, encourage them to try, no matter what the consequences.  It’s too easy to go through life, doing things that you know you are good at to get the A, to get the kudos…

What takes guts, strength, courage, sacrifice, honesty, integrity, and love is be willing to fail, be willing to face that which we do not know and that which we are least willing to be open to.

I probably write this today more so for myself than anyone else.

I think the 5 days away and a few other things that have happened in my personal life have made me realize that I am not living like those people whom I’ve admired… those amazing teachers that I’ve had in my life that lived life to the fullest. . .

Why not say yes more?

Why not let it all go and just go for what really matters?

I have always felt like I have said what I felt, even if it has gotten me into trouble.. but there is so much more to standing up and being present to life than that.

The actress in the movie looks into the mirror and says, next time we’re gonna do it differently, we’re laugh more, love more, see the world, and not be frightened…

Easy to say when you’re dying?  No.  Easier to say when you know the end of the movie and you find out that you really have a long healthy life ahead of you… but that’s not the way that work off the screen works….

There is so much more world out there and so many more people to love when one extends oneself beyond the tightly wound boundaries that we have encapsulated ourselves in…

So right now, I look to see, deep in my heart, what is one place or one person I can say yes to, to make a difference in my life.

Not to leave my footsteps on the earth, but to break open my heart and really feel alive.

Roshi Joan Halifax reminds us at the end of every session, every podcast, Do Not Squander Your  Life” and I recite that to you and to myself into today’s post with great love… do not wait because what we wait for never comes.

With much affection and courage,


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“Earth, water, fire, air, and space combine to make this food.

Numberless beings gave their lives and labors that we may eat.

May we be nourished that we may nourish life.”

~~Meal blessing from Upaya Zen Center

“This food is the gift of the whole universe:

the earth, they sky, numerous living beings, and much hard, loving work.

May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude

so as to be worthy to receive it.

May we recognize and transform our unwholesome mental formations,

especially our free, and learn to eat in moderation.

May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that

we reduce the suffering of living beings,

preserve our planet, and reverse the process of global warming.

We accept this food so that we may nurture our

sisterhood and brotherhood, strengthen our community,

and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.”

~~ Thich Nhat Hanh & Lilian Cheung, Savor:  Mindful Eating, Mindful life

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