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Altar of Thanks: An Integral Refuge Tree

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  •  07-02-2006, 8:22 PM 774 in reply to 773

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    Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche...His "Mind at Ease" is my second-favorite Dharma book.  It seems flawless to me.  Another very refreshing, literal approach.

    He's a somewhat shy, self-effacing speaker with excellent English, his gift is picking his way through translation from his Tibetan native language into the most precise possible English. 

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    Jean Klein has helped me so much too.  He does not seem to be too heard of, so i appreciate he is in the Alter of Thanks. Thank you Balder.

    Deep Bow,

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    Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897 - 1981), a cheap shopkeeper in the slums of Bombay from all outward appearances, was a master of the Tantric Nath lineage, teaching non-dual Vedanta.



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    Ven. Ajahn Chah (www.forestsangha.org/ chah.htm)

    Yo Dhammam desesi: adikalyanam, majjhekalyanam, pariyosanakalyanam.
    The Buddha has pointed out the way: beautiful in the beginning, beautiful in the middle, and beautiful in the end.
     

        Each morning in Theravada Buddhist monasteries around the world, the above stanza is chanted as part of 'The Homage to the Triple Gem'. It could just as well be said of the teaching example of Meditation Master, The Venerable Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Chah, or Luang Por as his disciples called him, possessed that uniquely beautiful quality of being: a quality visible only to a heart seeking The Way of Truth. 
        'Beautiful in the beginning', in Ajahn Chah's case, was his commitment to the life of a renunciant monk (dhutanga bhikkhu). He cultivated impeccable discipline and displayed consistent, daring effort to confront all situations, especially those from which he was inclined to turn away. He gave himself completely to the training and eventually the Way became clear. 
        'Beautiful in the middle' was the selfless sharing of his realization with all who came to be near him. Regardless of personal discomfort, he ceaselessly offered his body, speech and mind to assist his disciples, lay and ordained alike, to enter the Way. He said of his own teaching method, that it is the example that counts - not just the words. Those who were able to spend time with him know full well that this is so. 
        And 'beautiful in the end' remains. It is that radiant confidence of heart in thousands of individuals who now walk the Way; that verified faith which most profoundly expresses Dhammam Saranam Gacchami- 'I go for refuge to the Truth of the Way Things Are.' Without having seen an example of the Way in another, such awakening of confidence might not have taken place; hence it is said, 'No gift excels the gift of Dhamma.'



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    Gauthama Buddha

     



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  •  07-02-2006, 10:44 PM 784 in reply to 783

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    Namaste, UJ and Nomali.  I echo your appreciation for and gratitude towards all of the beautiful individuals whose pictures you have hung on this refuge tree.

    Here is a current teacher of mine.  I believe I'll be meeting him next Saturday at a retreat at Spirit Rock...

    Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas)


    May the boundless knowledge that time presents and space allows illuminate the native perspectives of your original face.

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  •  07-02-2006, 10:45 PM 785 in reply to 784

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    Sri Aurobindo


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    Kabir

    My body is flooded
    With the flame of Love.
    My soul lives in
    A furnace of bliss.

    Love's fragrance
    Fills my mouth,
    And fans through all things
    With each outbreath.


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    Ho! Mitakuye oyasin.

    black elk


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    Nilambe Meditation Center - Galaha, Kandy, Sri Lanka - see http://www.nilambe.org/day.html 

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