“The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything.”
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It’s in this fire, truth, and love…the truth that can only spring forth out of love. We think we get clever and we speak the truth. There is no truth if it does not come out of love. None. The only truth there is must necessarily come out of love. Not squishy appeasement, not fuzzy feel-goodness, not progressive-perkiness. Rooted, heartful, open, exposed, devastating, precise, unpredictable, messy, messy love.
a young woman was curious about how to negotiate the fact that the population she would be working with, natives of the Bahamas islands, are culturally predisposed to not being receptive to physical touch.
“We are desperate to have the answers to every question, to always know what to do and how to respond. It is obvious that there is so much that we don’t, but what we do know is that the way it has been done is not working…You have permission to not know.”
– from “Courage to Be Human” Angel Kyodo Williams
The sun had not disappeared from the sky forever, there was no nuclear mushroom cloud outside my window yet I was weighed down and weary as if I’d put more than a few down last night. As I tried to re-orient myself, the phrase I’d tried to put away for the last two weeks came back to me again…”Today Is A Good Day To Die.”
‘Today is a good day to die.’ That’s a good ol’ Zen saying, a warrior-spirit of a call that embraces each day of life completely with the knowledge that this […]
Yes, when Tim gets the needle…and I say when because I’m not so naive that I believe the most notorious American terrorist and the mass murderer has the slimmest chance of being allowed to mock our formidable capital S-System, he will ‘suffer’ death. I’ve heard the argument about how we should keep him alive because he really gets to escape by dying. He becomes a martyr for his cause and if we * really* want him to suffer, he should live. And we’ve all heard that it doesn’t bring the dead people back. It’s just more killing. Just sick revenge. Irresponsible. Twisted logic. Playing God. Evil, evil, evil.