Words of Wisdom for May 29, 2024

Dear Friends:
OF COURSE! Of course egocentrickarmicconditioning/self-hate is challenging to deal with. That’s why we practice! We can’t take that on or take it personally. Ego is what it is and does what it does. If we are unconscious to it, it will provide for us a lifetime of suffering. If we see it for what it is, if we choose conscious awareness and learn to direct attention to thisherenow, we can have a lifetime of freedom and joy.

– Cheri Huber

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for May 28, 2024

Dear Friends:
“In the course of coming to understand reality, we confront increasingly deeper concepts about who we are, concepts that form the foundations of our suffering. Our belief that our body is the same body as the one we had in childhood generates all kinds of suffering. But the deeper problem is that we take ourselves to be our body at all. You think you are your body. Or you think, ‘If I am not my body, at least I am inside my body’; or ‘I am the mind that goes with the body’; or ‘I am a soul inside the body. It is my body, nobody else is in it, so don’t tell me I am not my body.’ But as you approach actualization of the deeper aspects of being, this idea will be challenged.”

– A. H. Almaas, Diamond Heart Book Five: Inexhaustible Mystery

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Here’s an interesting post from Meditation Practices:
The Joy of Living
The joy of living is expressed by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in the words we often hear from him in his dharma talk, books and interview: “.” “Only as we give the best we have to every passing experience can we hope to enter into the joy of living. Can anyone enjoy a game unl …

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Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for May 27, 2024

Dear Friends:
“Each moment of practice is a moment of learning.”

– Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi, Heart of the Brush

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for May 26, 2024

Dear Friends:
To everyone everywhere
No one, no one is excluded from my heart
To everyone everywhere
No one, no one is excluded from my heart

I wish you well, my beloved
I wish you well, dear sweet soul
I wish you well, my beloved
May you live at ease, May you live at ease!

– Pablo Das

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for May 17, 2024

Dear Friends:
Remember this year to use your imagination deliberately and wisely. It really does seem that whatever holds our attention, whatever calls to us, eventually comes calling.

– Martha Beck, Imagic-nation

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for May 16, 2024

Dear Friends:
Thus have I heard: that on one occasion the Blessed One was living among the Kurus. Now, the Kurus have a town named Kammasadhamma. There Ven. Ananda approached the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: “It’s amazing, lord, it’s astounding, how deep this dependent co-arising is, and how deep its appearance, and yet to me it seems as clear as clear can be.”
[The Buddha:] “Don’t say that, Ananda. Don’t say that. Deep is this dependent co-arising, and deep its appearance. It’s because of not understanding and not penetrating this Dhamma that this generation is like a tangled skein, a knotted ball of string, like matted rushes and reeds, and does not go beyond rebirth, beyond the planes of deprivation, woe, and bad destinations.

– Buddha – Long Discourses 15.1, LEAP

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for May 15, 2024

Dear Friends:
The Buddha’s Ballot Box

If Buddha had added a ninth practice to the Eightfold Path, it might have been Right Voting. Voting is a manifestation of the law of interdependence: Each of our actions, no matter how small, affects the whole cosmos. Our votes count.

– Susan Moon, “Ten Practices to Change the World “

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for May 12, 2024

Dear Friends:
Our Own Changing Seasons

Like the changing of the season, my own life will endlessly go through cycles of change. I can find solace in the naturalness of it all and keep rolling along, however clumsily.

– Michael Lobsang Tenpa, “Sealing our Queer Life”

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for May 10, 2024

Dear Friends:
“One has to live from the innermost core of his being. The real richness comes from the innermost core.”

– Osho, Nirvana, The Last Nightmare, Ch. 6″

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for May 09, 2024

Dear Friends:
Every time we become aware of a thought, as opposed to being lost in a thought, we experience that opening of the mind.

– Joseph Goldstein, Daily Peace Quote

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Here’s an interesting post from Meditation Practices:
Meditation Increases Compassion
A recent study reported in New York Times on The Morality of Meditation showed that meditation increases compassion. The study was done by Professor David DeSteno at Northeastern University with 39 volunteers divided into two groups. 20 were trained in mindfulness meditation and …

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Jerome Freedman, PhD
–Jerome

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