On Meditation Practice.

“….the emphasis has to be on finding the place that is not personality, the place of stillness and silence which can know the arising and ceasing of personality”……”you can’t really trust your emotions or your personality. I always find my emotions very disappointing, but the witnessing of emotions, the listening – that I can trust….”

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Ajahn Viradhammo, founder and abbot of Tisarana Monastery near Perth, Ontario (Canada) and founding abbot of Bodhinyanarama Monastery (NZ). Forest Sangha.

Farewell Letter ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Originally posted on Jack Hammersley:

Before he died on 17 April 2014 at the age of 87, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia’s illustrious Nobel Laureate for literature, had declared his retirement from public life. He had terminal cancer and sent this letter of farewell to friends and lovers of literature.

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If God, for a second, forgot what I have become and granted me a little bit more of life, I would use it to the best of my ability.

I wouldn’t, possibly, say everything that is in my mind, but I would be more thoughtful of all I say.

I would give merit to things not for what they are worth, but for what they mean to express.

I would sleep little, I would dream more, because I know that for every minute that we close our eyes, we waste 60 seconds of light.

I would walk while others stop; I would awake while others…

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TAO TE CHING verse 8.

The highest good is like water.

Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.

It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.

 

In dwelling, be close to the land,

In meditation, go deep in the heart.

In dealing with others, be gentle and kind,

In speech, be true.

In ruling, be just.

In business, be competent.

In action, watch the timing.

 

No fight: No blame.

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Amaravati Retreats

Very excited and a little nervous – first time helping to cook for a retreat at http://www.amaravati.org Ajahn Jayanto in May :-)

If you are curious about Buddhism, check out their wonderful retreat schedule. Drop in to meditate most Saturday afternoons. A peaceful and welcoming oasis in the midst of this busy life.