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    Afterward Paid Member

    September 20, 2001 We are obliged to cherish and protect this world, The place we humans call our home. So why pointlessly destroy any source Of our world’s prosperity? May the truth of all buddhas in the ten directions Help bring an end to all such deluded actions. May raising the attitude of love and compassion Help peace and happiness spread throughout the world.… More »
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    Untitled, 1952 Paid Member

    “One day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body and the universe. I felt as if I had begun to self-obliterate, to revolve in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space, and be reduced to nothingness.… “One day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body and the universe. I felt as if I had begun to self-obliterate, to revolve in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space, and be reduced to nothingness.” More »
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    Shoveling Snow with Buddha Paid Member

    In the usual iconography of the temple of the local Wokyou would never see him doing such a thing,tossing the dry snow over the mountainof his bare, round shoulder,his hair tied in a knot,a model of concentration. Sitting is more his speed, if that is the wordfor what he does, or does not do. Even the season is wrong for him.In all his manifestations, is it not warm and slightly humid?Is this not implied by his serene expression,that smile so wide it wraps itself around the wait of the universe? But here we are, working our way down the driveway,one shovelful at a time.We toss the light powder into the clear air.We feel the cold mist on our faces.And with every heave we disappearand become lost to each otherin these sudden clouds of our own making,these fountain-bursts of snow. More »
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    Infinite Winter Paid Member

    When things are running smoothly, the refrigerator is very much like some people's idea of the perfect Zen student. It is calm, cool, and quiet, and it possesses its own inner light. Actually, the refrigerator is quite a noble thing on its own merit. For many of us, it has a formidable presence. It offers consistency, dependability, and long-lasting service. Even when we cover it with magnets and memos, and kick and slam its doors, it allows us to enjoy many good foods that might otherwise become spoiled. When we are hungry, we go to the refrigerator. That much, we know. But do we ever give this appliance one moment's thought during any other time of the day or night? Like many things, we take the hardworking refrigerator for granted. More »
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    Shade Paid Member

    A dark elephantLiving in a dark forestCame to sip from a pondAs the Buddha watched A dark elephantFrom a dark forestHas come to the pondAnd sippedThe trembling visionOf the moon A dark deerFrom a dark forestAlso came to sip from the pond The deer has also sippedThe vision of the moon The Buddha leaned overAnd scooped up the moon in his palm I too will sipIf it will illuminate my heartJust a little More than two thousand yearsAfter the Buddha’s deathHis remains have been divided endlesslyOnly imaginary numbers can countThe tiles atop the reliquary pagodasThat stretch into the skyThree stories, five stories, seven stories . . . More »
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    Shakyamuni Buddha's View of an Auspicious Day Paid Member

    You shouldn't chase after the pastor pin your hopes on the future.What is past                   is left behind.The future                   hasn't yet arrived. More »