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I designed it to be an art deco kinda thing.
What is meant by nonduality, Mahatmi? It means that light and shade, long and short, black and white, can only be experienced in relation to each other; light is not independent of shade, nor black of white. There are no opposites, only relationships. In the same way, nirvana and the ordinary world of suffering are not two things but related to each other. There is no nirvana except where the world of suffering is; there is no world of suffering apart from nirvana. For existence is not mutually exclusive.Lankavatara Sutra
The greatest support we can have is mindfulness, which means being totally present in each moment. If the mind remains centered, it cannot make up stories about the injustice of the world or one's friends, or about one's desires or sorrows. All these stories could fill many volumes, but when we are mindful such verbalizations stop. Being mindful means being fully absorbed in the moment, leaving no room for anything else. We are filled with the momentary happening, whatever it is--standing or sitting or lying down, feeling pleasure or pain--and we maintain a nonjudgmental awareness, a "just knowing."Ayya Khema, "Be an Island"
This itself is the whole of the journey, opening your heart to that which is lovely. Because of their feeling for the lovely, beings who are afraid of birth and death, aging and decaying, are freed from their fear. This is the way you must train yourself: I will become your friend and an intimate of the lovely. To do this I must closely observe and embrace all states of mind that are good.Samyutta Nikaya
Sewanee is "largely Episcopalian, and the overwhelming majority of students are Christian. This is, of course, to be expected considering the religious affiliation of the school." Most here "love the outdoors, love to have a good time, and know when to study." Undergrads report, "Although Sewanee is taking steps to attract a more diverse student body, the majority of students here are white Southerners." Preppy is still the predominant look on campus; "You will never see as many popped collars, polo insignias, pearl necklaces, seersucker suits, or bowties as you will see at around campus at The University of the South," observes one student. Not everyone here is happy about the school's "slow, but detectable" progress toward diversity; some worry that Sewanee's beloved traditions will disappear as its core demographic loses preeminence. Their worries seem premature, at least for the immediate future.Princeton Review
'It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.'Robertson comments likely to aggravate U.S.-Venezuela tensions
Here the first thingsDhammapada, 25, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
for a discerning monk
are guarding the senses,
restraint in line with the Patimokkha.
He should associate with admirable friends,
living purely, untiring,
hospitable by habit,
skilled in his conduct.
Gaining a manifold joy,
he will put an end
to suffering & stress.
Skillful speech not only means that we pay attention to the words we speak and to their tone but also requires that our words reflect compassion and concern for others and that they help and heal, rather than wound and destroy.Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness"
Yea! Sewanee's Right! Although these are Sewanee's school colors this room was NOT designed with them or the Vikings or Omega Psi Phi in mind. Tara and I both love purple and Feng Shui said this room should be yellow or gold...so there you have it!
Few are the peopleDhammapada, 6, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
who reach the Far Shore.
simply scurry along
But those who practice Dhamma
in the line with the well-taught Dhamma,
will cross over the realm of Death
so hard to transcend.
The right attitude for studying the way is just complete spontaneous acquiescence. Who cares whether it takes twenty or thirty years—you'll be naturally at peace, without the slightest bit of doubt or confusion. How can there be any obstruction again after spontaneous acquiescence? How can anyone arrive by way of externals?Ming-pen
Trivial thoughts, insignificant thoughts,Udana
When followed they distract the mind.
Not understanding those thoughts
The roaming mind runs back and forth.
But by understanding those thoughts
One ardent and mindful restrains the mind.
An awakened one has overcome them completely
So they do not arise to distract the mind.
“Do visitors come to your home, good Brahman?”Jataka Tale
“What preparations do you make for them?”
“We get ready a great feast.”
”What happens if they don’t arrive?”
“Then we gladly eat it ourselves.”
“Well, Brahman, you’ve invited me for a meal and you’ve entertained me with hard words. I want nothing from your preparation. So please take it back and eat it yourselves.”
“Never retaliate in kind,” the Buddha told his followers. “Hatred does not come to an end through hatred but can only cease through generosity.”
So, yesterday was the 4th wedding of a 1970s Edgehill United Methodist women... apparently Tara's church had a very active youth group when she was a kid and now many are getting married. First there was Tara, then Perri, then Meshon and now Akoshua. Pretty amazing for one Summer. Next Spring will bring the wedding of yet another from the group, George.
There are a few left but I won't name names.
Congrats to all of us!
Adam Carlos is a college (University of the South) classmate of mine and has had wonderful opportunities to sketch the hands of wonderful artists, including Vassar.
I stole this from Adam's website. Talk to him about buying a true copy.
1. FearAnd I would have to agree that most of these apply to procrastinators like me.
2. Lack of Self-Confidence
3. Lack of Knowledge
4. Trying to Do Too Much Alone
5. Trying to Do Too Much
6. Loss of Self
7. Lack of Energy
8. Lack of Reward
9. It Can't Be Done
- The mind is a powerful weapon -Our wedding party ate lunch together and then went to the church to finish decorating and dress. By now I was smooth as silk. I am not one prone to outward displays of emotion nor am I prone to get terribly frazzled. The guys got dressed and proceeded to hang out. I went out and talked to my Auntie Dear and Tia (Rosa). Then I came back in and hung out by the door, not realizing at the time that I was greeting people as they arrived at MY wedding.
Grimey's was just featured in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Nice national exposure that we're very proud of, never mind the fact that they claimed we were the "best record shop in town" and a "paradigm of indie and vintage goodness". You can read the piece on our website here: Grimey's Press. Also, we just discovered that the RS piece, which is called Schools That Rock is an excerpt from a full-length book just out by the same title. In the book, Grimey's is listed as being in the Top 10 Record Stores in the country!!! (we're #10, behind such luminaries as Amoeba, Waterloo, Other Music, Vintage Vinyl, and other amazing stores) Whoa. I don't know about that just yet, but we sure are giving it "the old college try" and I deeply appreciate the recognition. All this means is that the game is ON and we've got to continue to step it up. So let's get it on...Big Up to these guys!
A man long absentDhammapada, 16, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
comes home safe from afar.
His kin, his friends, his companions,
delight in his return.
In just the same way,
when you've done good
& gone from this world
to the world beyond,
your good deeds receive you--
as kin, someone dear
It is very important that you do not compare your actions to your partner's or judge your partner's behavior as unskillful. Rather, focus on your own actions and take responsibility for them. Recall those times when you looked into your partner's eyes and saw the pain you caused this person you love to suffer. If you can admit your own faults, if you can see how hurtful your actions were and tap into a sense of concern for your partner's well-being, then compassion and loving-friendliness will flow.Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness"
"if I don't love you, grits ain't groceries, eggs ain't poultry and Mona Lisa was a man"And Milton, we will see you again.