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“If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path …” Buddha


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Rumi: Gnats Speaking with Solomon

“O Solomon, you are the champion of the oppressed.
You give justice to the little guys, and they don’t get
any littler than us! We are tiny metaphors
for frailty. Can you defend us?”

Continue reading to enjoy Rumi’s full poem …

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Deepak Chopra: The Human Universe

“That’s the current state of our cosmology, nothingness. Is that nothing just an empty void? Or could it be the womb of creation? Rumi said, ‘we come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.’ Spinning out of nothingness–that could be you.”

Deepak Chopra discusses the seven universes that human beings have devised to explain existence, leading to the conclusion that the cosmos has evolved to reflect human evolution. This is not a philosophical observation but a “must be so” when it comes to such baffling dilemmas as the origin of life and the appearance of consciousness.

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Joan Tollifson: The Simplicity of What Is (Part 6 of 7)

“Liberation is the aliveness and immediacy beyond belief. Liberation is when all the answers, explanations and positions disappear, and what remains is the open mind of not knowing.”

“Boundlessness… means that everything is equally insubstantial, that there are no separate “things” to be joined, that there is no substance to get hold of anywhere.” Continue Joan Tollifson’s brilliant exploration of non-duality in the Simplicity of What Is, Part 6 of this seven part series.

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Kaz Tanahashi & Henry Shukman: Dogen Retreat

“Rising, as the mountain
Peaks and valleys deepen-
The twilight sound of the cicada
Singing of a day
Already gone by.”
~ Dogen

We are pleased to announce Stillness Speaks’ first live event in Santa Fe on Zen Master Dogen with co-hosts, Kaz Tanahashi and Henry Shukman. We will co-sponsor this event with Mountain Cloud Zen Center.

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Pir Elias: The Art of Awakening, Part 2 of 2

“…there is a ripening process that spiritual practices can serve, to bring us to a readiness from which we may more easily open beyond path and ripening and preparation.”

Pir Elias concludes his essay on the “Art of Awakening” by exploring this key question: What, then, does it take for a spiritual path to be effective?

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Pir Elias: The Art of Awakening, Part 1 of 2

“Looking for it, the vision cannot be seen: cease your search … It cannot be accomplished by anything you do … It cannot be found by seeking, so abandon all hope of results …” ~ Shabkar Lama

Pir Elias Amidon explores three significant questions in Part 1 of this 2-part compelling series: If we are in fact already one…what is the point of making a path to go there? How can what is already awake awaken? Who is Seeking? 

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