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The Man of the Mountains

Dharma Mountain, January 19, 2015

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Sitting silently, doing nothing,
Spring comes and the grass grows by itself.
Zen saying
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We could sit here forever…
When we have tasted this precious silence, this depth within us, this peace beneath the waves, why would we want to stop?
Falling in tune with our Master, his presence is the anchor which brings us deeper and which keeps us steady.  He shares with us, not only his being, but also his experiences along his path.  He share with us about his Master, so that we may realize – Yes, this is possible for us too.
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If you wish to know the road up the mountain, you must ask the man who goes back and forth on it.
Zen saying
So, we sit with the man of the mountains, in this cozy oasis of peace in a crazy, noisy world.  Where the snow softly unfolds a blanket of silence over the world.  Feeling blessed, all we can do is give thanks for this amazing opportunity.  In this precious silence we can get a glimpse of who we really are – without the conditionings and projections, without the “shoulds” and the “should nots”.  Here, in this field beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, we can meet the buddha within.
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Life is change. And so we move on – to live our lives amidst the clamour and din.  Each time we take a breath consciously, each time we notice the beauty in the steam from a cup of tea, each time we gaze upon the stars and they stop us in our tracks, is a time we come closer to ourselves.  As me make this awareness our new habit, we slowly replace the old habits and begin to live in a real and natural way.
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My whole life of dreaming in the forest
Now at the lake’s edge, laughing
Laughing madly
Laughing a new laugh.
Zen poem
Thank you Beloved, for pointing us towards the lake.
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Be a joke onto yourself.
Vasant Swaha
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