Saturday, November 29, 2008



In the event of lust or anger, pleasure or pain,
or any fortuitous thought,
with direct recognition of it no residue remains;
by intuiting this liberating aspect of the dharmakaya,
analogous to a figure drawn in water,
there is uninterrupted spontaneous arising and reflexive release.
Whatever arises is the food of naked presence and emptiness;
whatever moves is the creativity of the sovereign dharmakaya,
spontaneously dissolving, leaving no trace – awesome!
The way things arise is the same as before;
the crucial difference is in their release.
Without this vital function of release, meditation is a delusory path;
imbued with it, we abide in dharmakaya non-meditation.
Implicit confidence in release is the third imperative.

Patrul Rinpoche
thank you LRW


The creation is not a study, a roughed-in sketch; it is supremely, meticulously created, created abundantly, extravagantly, and in fine detail... even on the perfectly ordinary and clearly visible level, creation carries on with an intricacy unfathomable and apparently uncalled for.

Annie Dillard
"A Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek"

Friday, November 28, 2008


Sogyal Rinpoche

Wednesday, November 26, 2008



1. Attachment to getting and keeping material things.
2. Aversion to not getting material things or being separated from them.
3. Attachment to praise, hearing nice words, and feeling encouraged.
4. Aversion to getting blamed, ridiculed, and criticized.
5. Attachment to having a good reputation.
6. Aversion to having a bad reputation.
7. Attachment to sense pleasures in general.
8. Aversion to unpleasant experiences.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Monday, November 24, 2008


Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth – that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Saturday, November 22, 2008

market window

Friday, November 21, 2008


Just as the soft rains fill the streams, pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans, so may the power of every moment of your compassion flow forth to awaken and heal all beings...
those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.

Ocean of Oneness, I take refuge in you.

from the Web


Thursday, November 20, 2008


People often say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.

Salma Hayek

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

in memory of Grace

painting by Grace Hartigan

market prism

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Thursday, November 13, 2008

yellow spots


Everything is so dangerous that nothing is really very frightening.

Gertrude Stein

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Sunday, November 09, 2008

the future

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.

George Will

Saturday, November 08, 2008

cafe window

Thursday, November 06, 2008

on waiting

We are the ones for whom we have been waiting.

Hopi Elders

Sunday, November 02, 2008

remembering Rut

Saturday, November 01, 2008


Paradoxically, we achieve true wholeness only by embracing our fragility and sometimes, our brokenness. Wholeness is a natural radiance of love, and love demands that we allow the destruction of our old self for the sake of the new.

-Jalaja Bonheim

pink fall