“When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty.” ~Stevie Nicks
One ran, one attacked; neither of them thought to turn on the light.
“As we begin to develop awareness of the mind, the mind itself appears to divide into two. A new aspect of the mind arises. This is referred to variously as the witness, the seer, the knower, or the observer. It witnesses without judgment and without comment. Along with the arrival of the witness, a space appears within the mind. This enables us to see thoughts and emotions as mere thoughts and emotions, rather than as ‘me’ and ‘mine.’ When the thoughts and emotions are no longer seen as ‘me’ or ‘mine’, we begin to have choices. Certain thoughts and emotions are helpful, so we encourage them. Others are not so helpful, so we just let them go. All the thoughts and emotions are recognized and accepted. Nothing is suppressed. But now we have a choice about how to react. We can give energy to the ones, which are useful and skillful and withdraw energy from those which are not.” ~Tenzin Palmo (via)
“The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.” ~Ernest Hemingway,
“When I saw the house again, after the death of my aunt Margaret in 1978, the silences of the vast rooms seemed to speak of boyhood pleasures. I am half-convinced that houses somehow soak up the psychic experience of their inhabitants; there are certain houses that have a mean-spirited or discouraged air, and there are city apartments which seem to radiate a sense of irritability, as if the walls still contained the last echos of an angry shout.” ~Damon Knight, in La Ronde, ©1983
When I was a little boy, there was a field none of us ever played in. We were allowed to, but none of us ever did. When we were there it just always felt like something sharp and unpleasant was on the verge of happening, that we were about to fall down and hurt ourselves, be stung by a bee, yelled at by an angry adult. We never talked about it, but somehow we all knew it.
As an adult, I once learned that a Chinese restaurant I frequented had long ago been the scene of a mass shooting. Six people died there. Truthfully, I never felt anything; no sense of foreboding, nothing ominous. Even once I knew, there was nothing particularly creepy about the place.
The rational part of me thinks that when a building or place has a certain feeling to it, it’s probably just an intersection of architecture with life experiences.
But that’s not very much fun, is it?
“You keep going. That is the bodhisattva’s way. As long as it benefits even one being you have to, without any sense of discouragement, go on.” ~16th Karmapa (via)
From an interview with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in The Lion’s Roar:
There are many different methods for recognizing the Buddha within. Of these, the quickest and easiest is to receive the blessings of the guru. This is why guru devotion is necessary.
For example, you may be having a nightmare about monsters. But then suddenly, somebody throws a bucket of cold water over you and you wake up. The cold water doesn’t really make the monsters disappear, because there were no monsters in the first place. It was just a dream. But on the other hand, when you are having a nightmare, your sufferings are real, and the person who throws the bucket of water over you is indeed very kind and special. If you have a lot of merit you are able to meet such a person, a person who can throw the water. On the other hand, if you don’t have merit, you may never wake up from the nightmare.
The guru lineage originates with someone called Vajradhara or Samantabhadra. Our masters tell us that he is our own mind, the nature of our own mind. This means that when we trace back through the lineage, we actually end up with our own minds, the essence of ourselves. The guru is not some kind of almighty sponsor that we have to worship or obey. The most important thing to understand is that the guru is the display of our buddhanature.
Today is Tiny Tim’s birthday. If you only know him for his campy, goofy songs, then please take a few minutes to play the song above. You’re in for a treat.
I really consider him a heroic, inspirational figure. His was an odd dream– he wanted to sing songs from the 1890s to the 1920s, in falsetto, in white-face, accompanied only by his ukulele– but he persevered, he worked hard, and he made it come true.
He lived the life he wanted to live. Who could ask for more?
“It is the person you imagine yourself to be that suffers, not You.” ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ~Kurt Vonnegut, in Mother Night