At a time of not knowing


People are afraid to forget their minds, fearing to fall through the void with nothing to break their fall. 

They do not know that the Void is not really void, but the place of the real dharma

Huángbò Xīyùn, died 850, Chinese Chan(Zen) Buddhist master

Moments to reflect

Difficult things provoke all your  irritations and bring your habitual patterns to the surface.  And that becomes the moment of truth.  You have the choice to launch into your lousy habitual patterns, or to stay with the rawness and discomfort of the situation and let it transform you.

Pema Chodron

Sunday Quote: All of experience

The “10, 000 things” is a shorthand way of talking about all the experiences –  good and bad – which arise and pass away in our lifetime, continually in movement, with ebbs and flows.  Eastern wisdom considered that they  contain the right mix of experiences for our growth.

When the 10,000 things become one,
then we return to the center,
where we have always been.

Chuang-Tse, Chinese philosopher, 4th century BC


The Tibetan term bardo, or “intermediate state,” is not just a reference to the afterlife. It also refers more generally to these moments when gaps appear, interrupting the continuity that we otherwise project onto our lives….we sometimes refer to this as having the rug pulled out from under us, or feeling un-grounded. These interruptions in our normal sense of certainty are what is being referred to by the term bardo.

But to be precise, bardo refers to that state in which we have lost our old reality and it is no longer available to us….In those moments, we lose our grip on the old reality and yet have no sense what a new one might be like. There is no ground, no certainty, and no reference point — there is, in a sense, no rest. This has always been the entry point in our lives for religion, because in that radical state of unreality we need profound reasoning — not just logic, but something beyond logic, something that speaks to us in a timeless, non-conceptual way. Milarepa referred to this disruption as a great marvel, singing from his cave, “The precious pot containing my riches becomes my teacher in the very moment it breaks.”

Pema Khnsdro Rinpoche, Breaking Open in the Bardo 

Life flows

When effort is needed, effort will appear.
When effortlessness becomes essential, it will assert itself.
You need not push life about.
Just flow with it and give yourself completely to the task of the present moment,
which is the dying now to the now. For living is dying.
Without death life cannot be.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, 1897 – 1981, Hindu Non-Dualist teacher