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Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammaa sambuddhassa

(Homage to the Blessed, Noble and Perfectly Enlightened One.)

the dhamma is well-expounded by the blessed one, Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,

Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise.

 gate, gate paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaho  

(Gone, gone, Gone beyond, Gone completely beyond, Praise to Awakening!)

 

 

Resistance does not mean walls and fences, nonresistance does not mean open space. If you can understand in this way, mind and matter are fundamentally the same.

-Tsu-hsin

The Journey
 
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life you could save.
 
~ Mary Oliver ~
 
 
 

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