THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life we have refused again and again.
Until now. Until now.
- David Whyte
I WANT TO ASK YOU
I want to ask you:
In this world - What is the most profound most wonderful thing?
Sit erect and meditate right to the end.
As you meditate, you will find a clue and everything will naturally become clear.
Keep your concentration - don't miss your chance! After a while, your mind will become pure.
Your wisdom will ripen.
Then you won't have to fool yourself anymore.
When your eyes are tired the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognise its own.
There you can be sure you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb tonight.
The night will give you a horizon further than you can see.
You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is to small for you.
- David Whyte
'I make myself rich by making my wants few' - Henry Thoreau
'The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new' - Pema Chodron
'Patience in a moment of anger will save one hundred days of tears' - Chinese Proverb
'There is a fundamental affinity between mind practices and body practices because they are both simply curves in a grand concentric circle that continually spirals in, on and through itself with no beginning or end...Buddhism and Yoga: Its important that we understand these traditions as shifting descriptions of reality and not fixed truths untouched by cultural traditions' - Michael Stone
'Whatever is impermanent is subject to change. Whatever is subject to change is subject to suffering' - Buddha
'We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are' - Anais Nin
'If you analyse it logically, in detail, you see that all physical forms break down until you get what modern physics calls a 'quark', the smallest part of an atom. Buddhists realised this 2500 years ago and call it the 'particle-less particle'. There is space between the quarks - shivering waves of energy but they never touch. This pure energy is 'emptiness' and that is the ultimate truth' - Chamtrul Rinpoche
'Your time is limited, so dont waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the result of other peoples thinking. Don't let the noise of others opinion drown out your own inner voice' - Steve Jobs
'When the level of energy in the attention if higher than the level of energy in what you are experiencing, say anger or love, then you can experience the anger or love without getting lost in it' - Ken McLeod
'Meditation teacher Larry Rosenberg went to practice with Zen Master Seung Sahn in Korea. During the journey he undertook a pilgrimage to other masters and temples, and whilst traveling on a remote road he came across a particularly elegant Buddhist shrine, or stupa, at the base od the mountain. Next to it was a sign, 'Way to the Most Beautiful Buddha in all of Korea', and an arrow pointing to the thousand step path up the mountain. Larry decided to climb, hiking up the steps until he reached the top. The view was breathtaking in every direction. The simple Zen stone pagoda matched the elegance of the one below. But in place of the Buddha on the altar there was nothing, only empty space and the gorgeous green hilled vista below. When he went closer, at the empty altar was a plaque that read "If you can't see the Buddha here, you had better go down and practice some more' - Jack Cornfield