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COMPASSION

Posted on 19 April, 2015 at 20:38 Comments comments (1808)
Once you've seen the face of god,
You see that same face on everyone you meet.

The true god has no face. The true Tao has no name. But we cannot identify with that until we are of a very high level of insight. Until then, the gods with faces and the Tao with names are still more worthy of veneration and study than the illusions of the world.

With long and sincere training, it is possible to see the face of god. Holiness is not about scientific objectivity. It is about a deep and clear recognition of the true nature of life. Your attitude toward your god will be different than anyone else's god----divinity is a reflection of your own understanding. If your experience differs from others, that does not invalidate your sense of godliness. You will have no doubts after you have seen.

Knowing god is the source of compassion in our lives. We realize that our separation from others is artificial. We are neither separate from other people nor from Tao. It is only our own egotism that leads us to define ourselves as individuals. In fact, a direct experience of god is a direct experience of the utter universality of life. If we allow it to change our way of thinking, we will understand our essential oneness with all things.

How does god look? Once you see god, you will see that same face on every person you meet.

ACTUAL

Posted on 9 June, 2014 at 16:39 Comments comments (488)
                 From '365 TAO' Daily Meditations

                               The actual
                                Is only actual
                                In one place
                                And one time.

When one listens to a barking dog, one might imagine emotion, pain, reaction, anxiety, and self-identification, but actually there is nothing there---just sound from a long and deep corridor, channeled out of nothingness and fading into nothingness again.

Like that dog, we may all strive, but there is truly nothing to be done. If we look deeply into our lives, there is only a thin veneer of self-generated meaning over an immense ocean of nothingness.

What we do only has meaning in the here and now. It will not remain in the next instant. Just do what you can for the present, and leave everything else to happen naturally. Work. Wash. Meditate. Eat. Study. Urinate. Sleep. Exercise. Talk. Listen. Touch. Die each night. Be born again each morning.

Commentary from Ken: 'Not much more be said. This Is The 'WAY'

Daily Meditation from Deng Ming-Dao & commentary

Posted on 5 July, 2013 at 17:20 Comments comments (331)
This is a quote from book '365 Tao' by author Deng Ming - Dao to ponder. P. 154. Sheaths                           Outside is form,
                                        Inside is thought,
                                        Deepest is the soul. 

Traditional sages describe a human being as having three sheaths. The outer one is the physical body and incorporates primitive drives  and instincts. The inner one is the mind and includes discrimination, reasoning, and sense of individuality.

Both the body and the mind are enslaved to the outer world because they gain their knowledge from sensory input. They cannot know anything "intangible," anything without a form or a name.

At the core of every person is the soul. This is a pure, virgin self. It does not think in the ordinary sense of the word, has no egotism, and is not concerned with maintaining itself in the world. Although the body has a shape and the mind is multifaceted, the soul is completely without form or features. No markings, profiles, names, formulas, numbers, ideas, or conceptions can be projected upon it. It is pure, shapeless, and empty.

Any person with training can reach this soul. Only then can you be convinced of its presence. When you reach it, your body and mind will become irrelevant, for you are now in a state beyond the senses and beyond thought. The soul is called absolute because it is beyond all relativity.

                   Commentary

By learning how to sit in meditation, to sit in stillness, and let thoughts go, one can reach emptiness. The benefits of sitting in meditation and experiencing your soul are astounding and effect everything you do in life and in your daily activities. Anyone can do it if they are guided in the proper way. We are all Buddhas if we allow ourselves to be open to the way. 

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