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Beyond suffering

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The only way out of suffering is “through” suffering.
~ Cesar Teruel ~

We have tried everything to get rid of suffering.
We have gone everywhere to get rid of suffering.
We have bought everything to get rid of it.
We have ingested everything to get rid of it.

Finally, when one has tried enough, there arises the possibility of spiritual maturity with the willingness to stop the futile attempt to get rid of it and, instead, to actually experience suffering. In that momentous instant, there is the realization of that which is beyond suffering, of that which is untouched by suffering. There is the realization of who one truly is.
~ Gangaji ~

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The Hour’s Getting Late: Time for Humanity to Wake Up

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The Hour’s Getting Late: Time for Humanity to Wake Up | Creative by Nature.

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byChristopher Chase

April 6, 2015

“Let us not talk falsely now,  the hour’s getting late.” ~Bob Dylan


Looking out at the ecological crisis we humans have created, the analogy of mass murder or collective suicide could be applied. For centuries we’ve been steadily and methodically killing off other life forms in the Natural world. Now our greed and selfishness seems to be destroying us as well.

Is there a way out? Hopefully, yes, but it will require more creativity, collaboration, love, and wisdom then modern “technologically advanced” humans have exhibited (as a whole) in a very long time. It requires large numbers of us “waking up” and caring deeply, becoming less “techno-logical” and much more “eco-logical” in our behavior and thinking.

Do most people realize what we’ve…

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Become empty

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 When it is seen that an empty cup is receptive,
and a full cup cannot receive,
those with wisdom choose emptiness.

~ Wu Hsin ~

Sojourners Path

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The energy of mindfulness

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bud morningConsciousness is like a house in which the basement is our store consciousness and the living room is our mind consciousness. Mental formations like anger, sorrow, or joy, rest in the store consciousness in the form of seeds (bija). We have a seed of anger, despair, discrimination, fear, a seed of mindfulness, compassion, a seed of understanding, and so on. Store consciousness is made of the totality of the seeds, and it is also the soil that preserves and maintains all the seeds. The seeds stay there until we hear, see, read, or think of something that touches a seed and makes us feel the anger, joy, or sorrow. This is a seed coming up and manifesting on the level of mind consciousness, in our living room. Now we no longer call it a seed, but a mental formation. …

Whenever a seed, say the seed of anger, comes…

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Spiritual maturity

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“Spiritual maturity is being ready to let go of everything. Giving up is a first step, but real giving-up is the insight that there’s nothing to be given up.” ~Nisargadatta

“In the course of turning our attention to its root, and simply being aware of being aware, rather than chasing after any mere modifications of consciousness, what may occur is a sudden flash of insight that has nothing to do with the conceptual mind or separate self-sense. Our true nature, the aware space in which all thoughts, emotions, memories, and self-images appear and disappear, suddenly “wakes up” to Itself.

What is critical to understand here is that the “me” does not suddenly have a realization. In fact, that conceptual designation is what disappears in the midst of true re-cognition. This revelatory flash of true identity is completely beyond the claims of “me and mine”. In such Awakening, all of…

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How to train the mind


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Consider all phenomena to be dreams.
Don’t be swayed by outer circumstances.
Be grateful to everyone.
Don’t brood over the faults of others.
Explore the nature of unborn awareness.
At all times simply rely on a joyful mind.
Don’t expect a standing ovation

Atiśa, 980 – 1054, Seven Points for Training the Mind and Heart

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Able to hold


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In the Buddhist tradition the ability to be happy is often translated into English as ‘equanimity,’

roughly meaning to be equal to things,

to be large enough for the drama in which we find ourselves.

David Whyte, The Three Marriages

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