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A Realm Beyond Measurement, by Andrew Cohen

FaceBook  On Nov 4, 2010 Nipun wrote:

We took a break from our usual Wednesday format to have an incredible guest speaker this week -- Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi!

At the age of 23, in a rather poetic way, he became a monastic in 1967.  "I never had to struggle with the decision to become a monk. One morning I simply woke up and thought, 'Why don’t I ask Ven. Giac Duc if he could ordain me,' and that was that."  For more than 25 years, he's had a chronic headache that often makes even reading, writing, and speaking are difficult -- and with that experience, he speaks about "Pain Not Suffering".  As a revered Buddhist teacher and scholar, he is an international authority on the words of Buddha; even when leaders like Dalai Lama need clarification, they turn to Bhikkhu Bodhi.  Most recently, Bhikkhu Bodhi has taken a unusual monastic stance on service and started Buddhist Global Relief.

If attendees of the talk would like to share a reflections or notes for the benefit of everyone, please do so below.  They will be emailed out to all event participants of last Wednesday.

 

A Neuron with Imagination, by Francisco Ramos Stierle

FaceBook  On Sep 24, 2010 Nipun wrote:

This week, we experimented with a new idea -- propose a "be the change"/"pay it forward" action related to the weekly iJourney reading.  While people have brainstormed such an idea before, this particular one came via Amit Dungarani after a CharityFocus retreat on Sep 19, 2010.  And the time was ripe for implementation.

Francisco Ramos Stierle (aka Pancho!) initiated this idea, by offering this idea for the week:

"What if this week, we generate some of this loving-kindness and share it with our neighbors? Sit in meditation -- as we do on Wednesdays -- and fill up that gorgeous heart of yours with your best energy, trespass those imaginary walls of isolation, knock on your neighbor's door and connect with that neighbor you have not chatted with in weeks (months?).   Like a happy healthy neuron trying to connect with our neighbor neuron, let's generate that love and release it in the form of a hug, a smile, a healthy meal, compassionate listening, loving speech, shining eyes, gardening, a poem, a book, a song, a compliment or any expression of cooperation, collaboration or collectivism -- whatever comes up.  Perhaps you want to carry on some of the legacy of an "ancestor neuron" and share that wisdom with your neighbor.  [If you want to step it up, look for that neighbor who challenges you the most.]

Do we think/feel we will be able to keep that heart full of love regardless of the response of our neighbor? Are we willing to receive some energy from him/her and process it with the same original intention? How long are we able to keep this flow?

One neuron at a time -- to connect the entire healthy brain of the Earth Community. Imagine!"

If you have any stories to share around this, please share it here.

 

Beyond Endings, by John O'Donohue

FaceBook  On Feb 19, 2010 Admin wrote:

For the first time, Komi walked in for Wednesday meditation.  Heavy built man from Togo, Africa.  During the circle of sharing, he shared some heartfelt tidbits.  As he was leaving, few of us got into a spirited conversation.  "Did you know he was a cop?"  "What do you mean 'was a cop?'"  "I just quit,  man," Komi says.  "How come?"  "It was just too much."  "What was too much?"

"Like, one time, I was on patrol and it was very cold and I saw this young couple snuggled up on the streets.  They weren't on drugs, they were drunk, they were just a little out of luck and very cold."  After  a gulp, Komi adds: "Someone had called the cops so I had to get them out of there.  But to where?  They were good people.  I just couldn't do it."

Pancho asks, "Have you even policed any protests?"  "Oh, that is too much.  You wear this riot gear, they give you this long baton.  Have you seen it?"  Just describing the outfit, tears glossed over his eyes.

"They told me that cops don't do what I do.  That's social service.  So after two years, I quit and am going into social service," he concluded with hearty laugh.  To which Pancho added, "Compassion is perhaps the highest form of security."

 

Clinging Causes the Pain, by Tenzin Palmo

FaceBook  On Oct 13, 2009 Admin wrote:

Just read David Brooks column that essentially speaks about how scientists are discovering what happens to us biologically (and nuerologically) when we cling, and how that shapes social behavior.  Interesting ...  In 2001, an Internet search of the phrase “social cognitive neuroscience” yielded 53 hits. Now you get more than a million on Google. Young scholars have been drawn to this field from psychology, economics, political science and beyond in the hopes that by looking into the brain they can help settle some oldarguments about how people interact. These people study the way biology, in the form of genes, influences behavior. But they’re also trying to understand the complementary process of how social behavior changes biology. Matthew Lieberman of U.C.L.A. is doing research into what happens in the brain when people are persuaded by an argument. [...] The work demonstrates that we are awash in social signals, and any social science that treats individuals as discrete decision-making creatures is nonsense. But it also suggests that even though most of our reactions are fast and automatic, we still have free will and control.  Many of the studies presented here concerned the way we divide people by in-group and out-group categories in as little as 170 milliseconds. [...] Consciousness is too slow to see what happens inside, but it is possible to change the lenses through which we unconsciously construe the world. Since I’m not an academic, I’m free to speculate that this work will someday give us new categories, which will replace misleading categories like ‘emotion’ and ‘reason.’ I suspect that the work will take us beyond the obsession with I.Q. and other conscious capacities and give us a firmer understanding of motivation, equilibrium, sensitivity and other unconscious capacities. The hard sciences are interpenetrating the social sciences. This isn’t dehumanizing. It  See full.

Just read David Brooks column that essentially speaks about how scientists are discovering what happens to us biologically (and nuerologically) when we cling, and how that shapes social behavior.  Interesting ...

 In 2001, an Internet search of the phrase “social cognitive neuroscience” yielded 53 hits. Now you get more than a million on Google. Young scholars have been drawn to this field from psychology, economics, political science and beyond in the hopes that by looking into the brain they can help settle some oldarguments about how people interact.

These people study the way biology, in the form of genes, influences behavior. But they’re also trying to understand the complementary process of how social behavior changes biology. Matthew Lieberman of U.C.L.A. is doing research into what happens in the brain when people are persuaded by an argument. [...]

The work demonstrates that we are awash in social signals, and any social science that treats individuals as discrete decision-making creatures is nonsense. But it also suggests that even though most of our reactions are fast and automatic, we still have free will and control.  Many of the studies presented here concerned the way we divide people by in-group and out-group categories in as little as 170 milliseconds. [...]

Consciousness is too slow to see what happens inside, but it is possible to change the lenses through which we unconsciously construe the world.

Since I’m not an academic, I’m free to speculate that this work will someday give us new categories, which will replace misleading categories like ‘emotion’ and ‘reason.’ I suspect that the work will take us beyond the obsession with I.Q. and other conscious capacities and give us a firmer understanding of motivation, equilibrium, sensitivity and other unconscious capacities.

The hard sciences are interpenetrating the social sciences. This isn’t dehumanizing. It shines attention on the things poets have traditionally cared about: the power of human attachments. It may even help policy wonks someday see people as they really are.

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Watching Volcanoes Explode, by Vimala Thakar

FaceBook  On Mar 24, 2009 Nipun wrote:

Vimala Thakar recently passed away.  For those that don't know about her, this WIE article does a great job explaining it, and I've also posted the anecdote of how I met her once.

 

Tell Me Your Story, by Dan Gottlieb

FaceBook  On Jun 10, 2008 Nipun wrote:
Dan Gottlieb has an incredible story -- a car crash in 1979 left him paralyzed and went through a lot of suffering; in 1985, he started a "voices in the Family" mental health show which turned into a bi-monthly column in Philadelphia Inquirer; and most recently he came out with a book, Letters From Sam (fully available on Google Books) which contained letters to his developmentally challenged grandson. Incredible guy, indeed!
 

Technique is Unimportant, by Leigh Hyams

FaceBook  On Mar 11, 2008 Admin wrote:
Here's a great interview with Leigh Hyams in 'works & conversations' magazine: http://www.conversations.org/story.php?sid=94
 

Questioning Our Questions, by Eric Vogt, Juanita Brown, David Isaacs

FaceBook  On May 8, 2007 JZ wrote:
Richard Bach used to say, "The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change." I tend to agree.
 

Moving in Wholeness, by Vimala Thakar

FaceBook  On Apr 10, 2007 Nipun wrote:
Here's a great article about the story of Vimala Thakar: http://www.wie.org/j10/vimala_fire.asp
 

Evolving From Hope to Hopelessness, by Margaret Wheatley

FaceBook  On Mar 3, 2007 JZ wrote:

On a slightly tangential note, Harvad just published their Breakthrough Ideas of 2007 and listed "hope" as #5:

Most business leaders shy away from the word "hope." Yet hope has been shown to be the key ingredient of resilience in survivors of traumas ranging from prison camps to natural disasters. So if you are an executive trying to lead an organization through change, know that hope can be a potent force in your favor. And itís yours to give.

 

The Four Relinquishments, by Peace Pilgrim

FaceBook  On Nov 2, 2006 Nipun wrote:
On that note, here's the link to the Happiness Project: http://happiness-project.com/
 

Ourselves We're Helping, Ourselves We're Healing, by James Carse

FaceBook  On Oct 12, 2006 Nipun wrote:

Smile Deck: 52 cards with smile-card information and a particular idea on the back. If you had to pick one, what would it be? Gwhyenth Chen -- touching and healing. "I want my performance to be healing." At one of her performances, she couldn't feel her hands. No one person was playing. Every single person in the audience, she was in touch with, and were playing through her. Juliard -- New York music school -- has created unbalanced geniuses; technically finest but many of them are unable to carry out conversations. Practice, practice, practice is their mantra. Rev. Heng Sure: We have to ask ourselves -- Do I have a drive to be so good at something to spoil it? What is it? Whatever your skill, do I know how to stand the pressure of society, parents, peers ... to be so good that you can still maintain the center? How do we know? Middle path, that avoids extremes, works. Ancients said that virtue is the root, and wealth is the branch tips. Confucius had music as a part of education curriculum -- music, medicine, math, archery, chariotering, speech and virtue. He really valued music so highly. What if Juliard could establish a meditation class? Those musicians would be more important than politicans. My cousin is an MD, who works with hospice patients, end of life patients. Just listens to them, making them come to ease. Just by being there, she heals. As she progressed, she was doing that over long distances. I tried that with my classmate's daughter, and it seems to have worked. There's something there. **Smile Deck idea: send positive thoughts to someone in need. A friend did a study with 35 cancer patients. Did spiritual practices, didn't necessarily come from spiritual background, but all of them reported feeling a sense of wholeness, as if they were bigger than the body. Everyone got to space of peace. Dialgoue -- comes from greek, dia-logos: meaning flowing through. Made me think of Victor Frankl,  See full.

  • Smile Deck: 52 cards with smile-card information and a particular idea on the back. If you had to pick one, what would it be?

  • Gwhyenth Chen -- touching and healing. "I want my performance to be healing." At one of her performances, she couldn't feel her hands. No one person was playing. Every single person in the audience, she was in touch with, and were playing through her. Juliard -- New York music school -- has created unbalanced geniuses; technically finest but many of them are unable to carry out conversations. Practice, practice, practice is their mantra.

  • Rev. Heng Sure: We have to ask ourselves -- Do I have a drive to be so good at something to spoil it? What is it? Whatever your skill, do I know how to stand the pressure of society, parents, peers ... to be so good that you can still maintain the center? How do we know? Middle path, that avoids extremes, works.

    Ancients said that virtue is the root, and wealth is the branch tips.

    Confucius had music as a part of education curriculum -- music, medicine, math, archery, chariotering, speech and virtue. He really valued music so highly. What if Juliard could establish a meditation class? Those musicians would be more important than politicans.

  • My cousin is an MD, who works with hospice patients, end of life patients. Just listens to them, making them come to ease. Just by being there, she heals. As she progressed, she was doing that over long distances. I tried that with my classmate's daughter, and it seems to have worked. There's something there. **Smile Deck idea: send positive thoughts to someone in need.

  • A friend did a study with 35 cancer patients. Did spiritual practices, didn't necessarily come from spiritual background, but all of them reported feeling a sense of wholeness, as if they were bigger than the body. Everyone got to space of peace.

  • Dialgoue -- comes from greek, dia-logos: meaning flowing through. Made me think of Victor Frankl, Man's Search For Meaning -- logo therapy. Web 2.0 version of this -- our collective search for meaning.

  • Being trained for perfection. Past thought was titled -- Totality, not perfection.

  • "Ourselves we are helping, ourselves we are healing." Quote by Dr. V. He gave sight to millions, healed others but he sees himself as being healed.

  • Have to have generosity towards myself. Helps me react less. **Smile Deck idea: Talk to a teen. Take them out for lunch. Our culture desperately needs inter-generational dialogue.

  • My mom left for India. Monday's quote was about elephants; calf was attached to mother. Very interesting that I saw that all together.

  • Went on a hike in the hills with a retired, senior citizen. At one point, I asked him about his knees (few years ago, I got into an accident and found that I tore my knee; chiropractor twisted and turned all parts of my body but somehow the knee was fixed!). He said that one of his friends was teaching yoga to monks and he tore his knees; his masters tells him to go to the desert to cultivate and upon his return, his knee pain is gone but his master was limping and stayed that way for his whole life!

  • Been working a lot. Been very conscious. Taking a three month leave of absence. **Smile Deck idea-- Leave my favorite poem in someone's cube, or a door; leave a favorite book and have somebody find it.

  • My mother has no background in medicine, yet she had this closet of medicine and we would always be fine in 10-15 minutes. When I grew up, I took medicine from the closet but it didn't work; so I asked her to give it and it would miraculously work! It was unbelievable but it worked even with our neighbors. It's not the medicine that heals, it's the love.

  • My dance theatre is one of the best oddissi dancers around. When she's on stage, she cries but I still think she's being authentic.

  • Being trained in western medicine, physician comes from power; healthy is very rigid idea in the mind of a physician and that is very limiting. In the movie K-Pax, Kevin Spacey is in a mental hospital because he claims to be from another planet. Psychologist asks him, "Are you willing to be believe that you might be from earth?" "Yes. But are you willing to believe that I might be from K-Pax!".

  • Healing can be divided into three levels. First level is like moving -- this is the basic medicine; second level, is like touching -- neuro-chemical response that produced a deeper impact on the patient; and perhaps even higher level is transcendence, irrespective of disease.

  • Touching only if you're being touched, is a powerful concept. Working with underprivileged children, it's very easy to see that.

  • Friend was going through a hard time; as he was entering a building, passed a security guard, and I security gaurd came out to say-- "I saw you in the camera and you looked a bit sad. Can I give you a hug?" Changed all dynamics. Someone at her center responded to the suffering and then offered a response. Makes me think of the number of accidental healers in the world!

  • I'm a teacher who works with behavioral problem students. One day when I was strategizing, I heard something in a classroom of 25 kids, all standing up looking at their desk, saying their times-table together in a chant. It was amazing.

  • **Smile Deck idea-- have a dialogue with yourself, ignore the cellphone.
  • Love is an important ingredient for healing.
  • My sister and I were running a bunch of errands. Sitting and talking. Our restaurant waiter was geniune and so nice in a unique sort of a way, so I felt like I wanted to do something for him. My sister and I look through our purses and ultimately, we left a note of ten bucks for him with a smile card. We were elated. What a great and simple way to make someone's day. It made everything more meaningful and for the rest of the day it just seemed like we kept running into great people, but perhaps it was just our eyes that had shifted.

  • One of the neighbors invited all the teachers for dinner saying, "I just want to appreciate the work you guys do." **Smile-deck idea.

  • Scientist discovered something called mirror neurons. Because of them, it becomes possible for us to actually feel and understand what's going with those around us. Touching isn't about transmission. It's more of one person touching that center and the collective space making it possible for another person to find their center.

  • Being vs. doing. Highest form of leadership is where you are not moving anyone, not persuading. Rather just because of your "Being", others are inspired to do something. **Smile Deck idea-- figure out what others lack and be an example of that change yourself.

  • What happens when people are touched? Beer ad-- knees touch of guys on a couch and it's awkwards. It happens again. When there's a touchdown, they all forget about their notions and embrace each other!

  • Path of enlightenment: a lonely path to understand that you're not alone.
  • Hindi movie, Munnabhai MBBS, starts hugging folks as a way to transform lives. Smile is big way to heal.

  • I'm overwhelmed by the kindness in this room tonight. I have done about 500 concerts so far, the happiness I was trying to bring my listeners is so selfish compared to what's in this room. My best performance, I didn't play for the audience but for the Boddhisattvas.

  • I love the idea of sharing idea but i have no ideas to share.

  • **Smile Deck idea -- appreciate people that nobody appreciate. Like the checkers at the airports. I try to create relationships with the folks I encounter. Even at Kaiser Permanente. If someone is extra nice, I try to tell their boss about it.

  • "What you appreciate, appreciates." --Lynne Twist

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Serving Like The Mountain Stream, by Allan Watts

FaceBook  On Aug 16, 2006 Nipun wrote:

Serving like a mountain stream: its always changing. Visit with 77 year old: biggest smile, happy to go to grocery shopping because it's an outing; smallest things matter. Service: so many problems, can do so little. compassion -- it's Latin roots mean sharing the pain without sharing the suffering. Busy doing good; you'll *just* get to heaven in next rebirth. A meditation teacher used to say Boddhisattva's have nothing to do, but they go out looking for trouble. You should be spiritual before you help. My friend would be disaapointed that he got only 80 people to donate blood that day. Dream: skinny boy, I want to help but no one was listening; next morning I was giant and just being could create a torando. Giving freely, without attachments, accounting. Service was never a thing to do. All streams go towards the ocean. Dalia Lama: "Be selfish. Be generous." Serving is actually the most selfish thing you can do. How can you eradicate poverty? I thought of NGOs. I went to Africa and saw that this model was broken; specific plans are limited. Visited 20-25 hospitals and none of them had sustainability plan. People need to change their mind, then everything will change. The more I teach, the more I learned. If you want to give, just give without attachment. Be natural. Analogy of stream reminds me of Wednesdays. We all carry a little bit into Thursdays and Friday. There's a dynamism to it, with apparent permanence because it's always there. I end up being lazy; sometimes, I'll just opportunities of service pass by. Howard Thurman once said, "Don't ask so much what the world needs; go out and do something that makes you come alive because what the world needs most are people who have come alive." Incorporate service into what makes you come alive. I believe in directly helping the needy, without organization. Each one, catch one. :) Flowing stream made me think about gratitude towards parents, t  See full.

  • Serving like a mountain stream: its always changing.
  • Visit with 77 year old: biggest smile, happy to go to grocery shopping because it's an outing; smallest things matter.
  • Service: so many problems, can do so little. compassion -- it's Latin roots mean sharing the pain without sharing the suffering.
  • Busy doing good; you'll *just* get to heaven in next rebirth.
  • A meditation teacher used to say Boddhisattva's have nothing to do, but they go out looking for trouble.
  • You should be spiritual before you help. My friend would be disaapointed that he got only 80 people to donate blood that day.
  • Dream: skinny boy, I want to help but no one was listening; next morning I was giant and just being could create a torando.
  • Giving freely, without attachments, accounting.
  • Service was never a thing to do. All streams go towards the ocean.
  • Dalia Lama: "Be selfish. Be generous." Serving is actually the most selfish thing you can do.
  • How can you eradicate poverty?
  • I thought of NGOs. I went to Africa and saw that this model was broken; specific plans are limited. Visited 20-25 hospitals and none of them had sustainability plan.
  • People need to change their mind, then everything will change.
  • The more I teach, the more I learned. If you want to give, just give without attachment. Be natural.
  • Analogy of stream reminds me of Wednesdays. We all carry a little bit into Thursdays and Friday. There's a dynamism to it, with apparent permanence because it's always there.
  • I end up being lazy; sometimes, I'll just opportunities of service pass by.
  • Howard Thurman once said, "Don't ask so much what the world needs; go out and do something that makes you come alive because what the world needs most are people who have come alive." Incorporate service into what makes you come alive.
  • I believe in directly helping the needy, without organization. Each one, catch one. :)
  • Flowing stream made me think about gratitude towards parents, teachers and friends. I felt humbled by their selfless help towards me.
  • Running outdoors; was really hot; I stopped and looked up the enormous trees and saw how it is so constant.
  • I tried to give food to the homleess, but I kept getting rejected. :)
  • I appreciate the diversity in the room, and the perspectives I get on it.
  • It's very easy to give to somebody who's close to you. Looking after a bonsai tree vs. looking after the forest. There's a danger of making the giving condescending.
  • Giving is a way to absolve ways to atone for my sins at work where it is "kill or be killed". How do you deal with that contradiction?
  • I can't remember a time when I gave. Is that ok?
  • Be careful what you give, because you might just receive it. :)
  • Rivers and clouds, examples in the quote, don't really have a choice. Humans aren't in that state of choicelessness.
  • What can you really give? Time. That's the only thing in abundance.
  • Ads shouldn't be in textbooks. On TV, you can turn it off. Then you will have teachers spending ten minutes talking about the commercials.
  • To alleviate poverty, ultimately, helping people help people. The moment you make it big, it falls apart.
  • Keyword here is unselfish. Act of giving can be selfish or unselfish.
  • Teachers in India taught Algebra while selling vegetables.
  • Simple things which I generally call "cute", I now see value in.
  • Service can go in a religious direction, which can lose its essence, because the focus shift from the giver to the receiver.
  • Service shouldn't be an emotional game; can't be evaluated soley by those metrics.
  • Was in South Africa, was adopted by an old couple, and I was following them in the poorest province of the area. They wanted to touch my skin, because they've never seen yellow people. :) I was just "hanging out" but it helps me and the locals.
  • Ego revels in accomplishment. Is service just a manifestion of that same ego?
  • Sanksrit Verse gives thre role models of service: tree which takes the heat of the sun and gives shade without discrimination; flowing river goes as if it's own nature and while flowing it bends and purifies all who come across it; cows are the third example, even after its death its parts are used by all.
  • Do what makes you come alive. Material poverty isn't really a metric to judge need by. Middle class neighborhood help is just as good as any.
  • Service isn't something I talk about. I showed at 13 and doing little things, and it changed my life.
  • My dog teaches me how to serve and be with others. We go to a quadrapelgic ward, some of whose patients don't get out.
  • While serving be mindful of their motives.
  • Giving water ... that's how my grandfather gave. They would sit down under their tree.

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Giving it All up to the Stillness, by Marion Wilson-Gruzalski

FaceBook  On Jul 26, 2006 Nipun wrote:

Wednesday circle of sharing notes: Monkey puts his fist in the jar, grabs the nuts and can't remove his fist. Empty hand release him, but a tight fist traps. That's our story. Anias Nin: "Life shrinks in proportion to one's courage." Courage is courage to embrace the unknown. "waiting" has a negative connotation generally When we need help, why doesn't the inner voice get louder? Jealousy is the last sin to go; ambition leads to jealousy. Am I ambitious? I used to be but now some of emptying has occured in me. Inspiration that makes you not have plan B -- that's real inspiration. And it isn't a remarkable, external event. College freshman: don't know what to do but maybe I should just wait patiently? There are different levels of stillness. God sells. An athiest won't get elected. Survival, freedom and hope. That's inspiration for Barak Obama. Singing requires being quiet. One has to keep trying. Takes a lot of patience. In solitude, other people's voices drain out and I can listen to my own voice. In winter, one friend would go out and come back in. Why? "Just in case the sun comes up, I wanna be ready." Cooking quietly yields better food than otherwise. What about things more involved with cooking? 1% inspiration, 99% inspiration. My gorilla mind: I think I'm in cage but the door is wide open. When I put effort to listen, I can't listen too much. Deep listening of others is a good analogy for how to be with yourself. Intuitive moments are moments of inspiration ICICI cpresident -- real inspiration always comes in a gap A. R. Rahman: I don't write these songs; inspiration comes and I write. Not just one-time inspiration but trick is in regularly finding it. I am "looking" for inspiration, not waiting Which college should I go to? "I know but I'm not going to tell you," my college advisor says. 'Any hints?' 'Goto the top of the hill. After all, isn't intuition thousands of years of evolution packed into one moment.' He  See full.

Wednesday circle of sharing notes:

  • Monkey puts his fist in the jar, grabs the nuts and can't remove his fist. Empty hand release him, but a tight fist traps. That's our story.
  • Anias Nin: "Life shrinks in proportion to one's courage." Courage is courage to embrace the unknown.
  • "waiting" has a negative connotation generally
  • When we need help, why doesn't the inner voice get louder?
  • Jealousy is the last sin to go; ambition leads to jealousy.
  • Am I ambitious? I used to be but now some of emptying has occured in me.
  • Inspiration that makes you not have plan B -- that's real inspiration. And it isn't a remarkable, external event.
  • College freshman: don't know what to do but maybe I should just wait patiently?
  • There are different levels of stillness.
  • God sells. An athiest won't get elected.
  • Survival, freedom and hope. That's inspiration for Barak Obama.
  • Singing requires being quiet. One has to keep trying. Takes a lot of patience.
  • In solitude, other people's voices drain out and I can listen to my own voice.
  • In winter, one friend would go out and come back in. Why? "Just in case the sun comes up, I wanna be ready."
  • Cooking quietly yields better food than otherwise. What about things more involved with cooking?
  • 1% inspiration, 99% inspiration.
  • My gorilla mind: I think I'm in cage but the door is wide open.
  • When I put effort to listen, I can't listen too much.
  • Deep listening of others is a good analogy for how to be with yourself.
  • Intuitive moments are moments of inspiration
  • ICICI cpresident -- real inspiration always comes in a gap
  • A. R. Rahman: I don't write these songs; inspiration comes and I write.
  • Not just one-time inspiration but trick is in regularly finding it.
  • I am "looking" for inspiration, not waiting
  • Which college should I go to? "I know but I'm not going to tell you," my college advisor says. 'Any hints?' 'Goto the top of the hill. After all, isn't intuition thousands of years of evolution packed into one moment.'
  • Health: complete well being of physcial, social, emotional and spiritual being.
  • Carlos castaneda: "find your spot". Went to sleep after frustration and that his spot.
  • It's a "constant struggle to surrender"
  • Two types of inspiration: inspiration coupled with ambition, deeper inspiration that stems from stillness
  • To remove a blockage, to remove it, resort to a cherished relationship -- unconditional love.
  • I no longer wait for inspiration; i come to wednesdays. :)
  • "sitting quitely doing nothing, spring comes by itself, grass grows by itself."

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Go Placidly Amid the Noise and Haste, by Max Ehrmann

FaceBook  On Jul 25, 2006 Jesse wrote:
This poem is also referred to as 'Desiderata', for those familiar with that piece of work. In some reference books, Desiderata is still sometimes thought to have been 'found' at Old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore and to date back to 1692. It was actually written by Max Ehrmann and copyrighted by him in 1927, the copyright was renewed in 1954 by Bertha K. Ehrmann.
 

To Transcend: Observe Cause and Effect, by Dan Millman

FaceBook  On Jul 12, 2006 Jesse wrote:
Great point, Arzu!
 

Magic of Service, by Bo Lozoff

FaceBook  On Jun 12, 2006 Nipun wrote:
  • Heaven/hell story: to serve others is heaven, to serve yourself is hell.
  • Difference between sensibility and sensitivity
  • Sri and Tristan's journey to Africa: giving is selfish?

  • What really motivates? Happiness. It's neither selfish or selfless.
  • We don't give to help, but to feel good.
  • Every kind act creates a ripple of compassion
  • In Japan, Raj's mentee would call him all the time, even if he's at a bar. Because of the mentor role, Raj changed; he needed it me more than I need him.
  • There's actually an Optimist club
  • All religion say: in giving we receive.
  • Wayne Dyer: seratonene increases when you give ... and receive
  • Only way to keep service selfless is to be spontaneous
  • No discrimination is when it the only way something is selfless
  • Selfishnes only comes into the picture when we are separate
  • shift from mind state of separation to heart state of unity
  • Not for-getting but for-giving
  • Homeless man turns philanthropist!
  • [Shilpa?] asked a Jain monk: why is life is so dificult? He simply replied: "Wear your own shoes and hold your own umbrella."
  • [Fred's?] motto in life: make one person happy today
  • Anyone can give. Scott is going to start a listening club. All you have to do is listen.
  • Why analyze? I'm there, the kid is there. No one is serving anyone. We are just connecting. Maybe that's true service.
 

Waiting To Be Found, by Prem Rawat

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What is silence? Not absence of sound, but absence of self. Cause of conflict and war is our inability to stay in the present. War is always for something in the future. Peace is always in the now. Is peace transient or permanent? Peace is no self Essence of all of us is peace and love: when one feels it, it goes outwards Peace for me could be a deep breath. Anything that leaves you with clarity. I grew up in a war; nobody knew what peace really was. First step to peace is realizing it's possible. Wars start because of groups -- and exclusive mindset. Should we be hard on ourselves if there's war? Peace is not the absence of hostility but the presence of love. Three things that help me with peace: faith, acceptance and gratitude If you wish to understand war, meditate in the slaughterhouse. Five confusions: time, views, afflictions, living beings, life span. Degrees of wisdom have very little to do with external. Equanimity is the supreme measure. Cool book name -- one minute wisdom. Another name: no second. Rev. Heng Sure: easier to meditate through downtown LA, than Beverly Hills. BH had fake peace. Person who tolerates injustice is weak Be peaceful but watch out for tigers Research: people who think they're lucky are able to find things that unlucky people don't look for. Disaster in Russia, Oaklahoma bombing -- we need to change. Duality of the heart -- we need time to come to the right decisions; we need to stop haste. Peace is within. One day a stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar, "I have nothing to give you," said the stranger. Then he asked: "What's that you're sitting on?" "Nothing, " replied the beggar. "Just an old box. I've been sitting on it for as long as I can remember. "Ever look inside?," asked the stranger. "No," said the beggar. "What's the point, there's nothing in there." "Have a look inside," insisted the stranger. The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid. With astonishme  See full.

  • What is silence? Not absence of sound, but absence of self.
  • Cause of conflict and war is our inability to stay in the present.
  • War is always for something in the future. Peace is always in the now.
  • Is peace transient or permanent?
  • Peace is no self
  • Essence of all of us is peace and love: when one feels it, it goes outwards
  • Peace for me could be a deep breath. Anything that leaves you with clarity.
  • I grew up in a war; nobody knew what peace really was. First step to peace is realizing it's possible.
  • Wars start because of groups -- and exclusive mindset.
  • Should we be hard on ourselves if there's war?
  • Peace is not the absence of hostility but the presence of love.
  • Three things that help me with peace: faith, acceptance and gratitude
  • If you wish to understand war, meditate in the slaughterhouse.
  • Five confusions: time, views, afflictions, living beings, life span.
  • Degrees of wisdom have very little to do with external. Equanimity is the supreme measure.
  • Cool book name -- one minute wisdom. Another name: no second.
  • Rev. Heng Sure: easier to meditate through downtown LA, than Beverly Hills. BH had fake peace.
  • Person who tolerates injustice is weak
  • Be peaceful but watch out for tigers
  • Research: people who think they're lucky are able to find things that unlucky people don't look for.
  • Disaster in Russia, Oaklahoma bombing -- we need to change.
  • Duality of the heart -- we need time to come to the right decisions; we need to stop haste.
  • Peace is within. One day a stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar, "I have nothing to give you," said the stranger. Then he asked: "What's that you're sitting on?" "Nothing, " replied the beggar. "Just an old box. I've been sitting on it for as long as I can remember. "Ever look inside?," asked the stranger. "No," said the beggar. "What's the point, there's nothing in there." "Have a look inside," insisted the stranger. The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.

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Social Action, by Ajahn Pasanno

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No notes this week, since Madhusudan Aggarwal was our guest speaker about his iJourney to India.

In his talk, Madhu highly recommended watching Baraka.

 

Truth is a Pathless Land, by J. Krishnamurti

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We had a spontaneous guest speaker, a Gandhian named Dr. Prasad: How people react depends on the mindset Basic problem in rural areas -- what do we live for? We're all responsible for each other Life based development, not death based development. If every villager has a cigarette, we can make money but is that progress? Exploitation has taken subtle forms -- advertisment, marketing Greed is the base of the problem -- we are creating more and more loss to society. Instead of creating wealth, our paradigm has come to grabbing maximum wealth. As Gandhi said, there is enough for everyone's need but not greed. Some notes from the roundtable: Are organization are useless? Not always. As organizations get larger, purity is lost. Organization can't lead to freedom ... it's not spirituality. El dorado by Edgar Allan Poe Truth -- there's no one truth; it's all true. But until we experience it, it's just a belief. It's not enough to hear somebody's truth. Words don't describe things as well as experiences. Truth is one thing that manifests in different ways; love's opposite is hate, pleasure is pain, but Truth has no opposite. To find one's blind beliefs, one should question oneself. Is killing is a natural part of life or can it be avoided? What's the "truth"? Krishnamurti's brother's death proved to be a pivotal experience for JK's journey to a "pathless" land. Truth has to be internal and personal; that can't be organized; but for practical things, people should come together and cooperate Be quiet for truth to rise; no longer a question of right or wrong One life is the same as many lives Don't lie, you gotta go to God, there's no means of transport and you gotta walk your way Krishnamurti has a point but it's overstated. Karen Armstrong. What's the difference between religion and cult? "Religion is to help you discover yourself but a cult is to use your weakness to manipulate you." Confucious: you can make someone follow your s  See full.

We had a spontaneous guest speaker, a Gandhian named Dr. Prasad:

  • How people react depends on the mindset
  • Basic problem in rural areas -- what do we live for?
  • We're all responsible for each other
  • Life based development, not death based development.
  • If every villager has a cigarette, we can make money but is that progress?
  • Exploitation has taken subtle forms -- advertisment, marketing
  • Greed is the base of the problem -- we are creating more and more loss to society.
  • Instead of creating wealth, our paradigm has come to grabbing maximum wealth. As Gandhi said, there is enough for everyone's need but not greed.
Some notes from the roundtable:
  • Are organization are useless? Not always.
  • As organizations get larger, purity is lost.
  • Organization can't lead to freedom ... it's not spirituality.
  • El dorado by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Truth -- there's no one truth; it's all true. But until we experience it, it's just a belief.
  • It's not enough to hear somebody's truth.
  • Words don't describe things as well as experiences.
  • Truth is one thing that manifests in different ways; love's opposite is hate, pleasure is pain, but Truth has no opposite.
  • To find one's blind beliefs, one should question oneself.
  • Is killing is a natural part of life or can it be avoided? What's the "truth"?
  • Krishnamurti's brother's death proved to be a pivotal experience for JK's journey to a "pathless" land.
  • Truth has to be internal and personal; that can't be organized; but for practical things, people should come together and cooperate
  • Be quiet for truth to rise; no longer a question of right or wrong
  • One life is the same as many lives
  • Don't lie, you gotta go to God, there's no means of transport and you gotta walk your way
  • Krishnamurti has a point but it's overstated.
  • Karen Armstrong.
  • What's the difference between religion and cult? "Religion is to help you discover yourself but a cult is to use your weakness to manipulate you."
  • Confucious: you can make someone follow your system, but can't make them believe in it
  • Just because you're an organization, doesn't mean all constituent understand what it stands for.
  • My grand uncle, Dr. V talks about institutions as temples; ultimately it doesn't belong to one person.
  • Idea of a belief being a personal thing didn't resonate -- I get comfort when others share same beliefs.
  • It's not the organization but the people that participate in it.
  • Being addicted to religion is better than being addicted to crack.
  • Organization can be very liberating if they're founded on the right principles.
  • How does an individual stand up for oneself in the face of fundamentalism? Organizations are often too strong.
  • Really, what's an organization? Three friends sitting and talking is organization?
  • Ultimately, each one has to walk their own path -- that's the crux of it.
  • If "truth is a pathless land" and there's no path, then where is it? It should be where you are.

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Do You Have Time To Love?, by Thich Nhat Hanh

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What is it that we are being present to? What the bleep do we know: 400 billion impressions per second, 2000 conscious ones. Is it time to love, or timelessness to love? Smile cards and increasing awareness of possible acts of kindness. Celestine Prophecy: coincidences. Stand by me. Nothing is coincidence, but the meaning is not always so obvious. Sitting silently with parents in childhood on early morning sundays going through the paper. Still a very strong feeling of sharing love & presence, even though nothing in particular was being done. Many missed opportunities to do random acts of kindness. Be prepared always to give. If you don't understand my silence, how will you understand my words? Just by being rich doesn't necessarily mean that you cannot love. This thought caused tears several times. Usually every week thought is not easy to put in practice immediately, this one weighed heavy because it was so easy to implement. "Love" is such a loaded word, hard to know when you are truly feeling it. Came to feel Love through appreciation for another. Is there a difference between presence and attentiveness? What made mom happy when all family was at home on a weekend? just being alive, playing around, mildly arguing - not necessarily praising or paying attention to her. Don't ask what the world needs, do what makes you come alive, because what the world needs most is people who have come alive (Howard Thurman) It would help to know context of quote, because to us it may sound simplistic, but it might have been tailored for a different audience. It's difficult to be present without being attemptive. If you cannot connect and feel how another person is, it is hard to be present. As an experiment, sometimes going up to people and saying "I Love you" in different tones. Being balanced is a part of being present. Being present is necessary to be balanced. Feel blessed to be raised in a household where Love was freely shared,  See full.

  • What is it that we are being present to?
  • What the bleep do we know: 400 billion impressions per second, 2000 conscious ones.
  • Is it time to love, or timelessness to love?
  • Smile cards and increasing awareness of possible acts of kindness.
  • Celestine Prophecy: coincidences.
  • Stand by me.
  • Nothing is coincidence, but the meaning is not always so obvious.
  • Sitting silently with parents in childhood on early morning sundays going through the paper. Still a very strong feeling of sharing love & presence, even though nothing in particular was being done.
  • Many missed opportunities to do random acts of kindness. Be prepared always to give.
  • If you don't understand my silence, how will you understand my words?
  • Just by being rich doesn't necessarily mean that you cannot love.
  • This thought caused tears several times. Usually every week thought is not easy to put in practice immediately, this one weighed heavy because it was so easy to implement.
  • "Love" is such a loaded word, hard to know when you are truly feeling it.
  • Came to feel Love through appreciation for another.
  • Is there a difference between presence and attentiveness?
  • What made mom happy when all family was at home on a weekend? just being alive, playing around, mildly arguing - not necessarily praising or paying attention to her.
  • Don't ask what the world needs, do what makes you come alive, because what the world needs most is people who have come alive (Howard Thurman)
  • It would help to know context of quote, because to us it may sound simplistic, but it might have been tailored for a different audience.
  • It's difficult to be present without being attemptive. If you cannot connect and feel how another person is, it is hard to be present.
  • As an experiment, sometimes going up to people and saying "I Love you" in different tones.
  • Being balanced is a part of being present. Being present is necessary to be balanced.
  • Feel blessed to be raised in a household where Love was freely shared, verbally and in silence. Now as children are grown up, when say "I Love youW" to dad, response is "You need money don't you?" .. don't just say it, show you Love someone. Just saying the words can be a copout.
  • There are no great acts, only small acts done with great Love (Mother Teresa).
  • Sometimes it's worth telling someone else you are there for them, even if the silent presence is strong.
  • Why do we always equate Loving with an object of that Love?
  • When raising children, equating taking care of them with Love which implies not being present with them often.
  • Notion of presence as pre-sense, a state of being before perceiving through the senses.
  • Silence is always a dance between action & inaction. You cannot take silence as something that comes before & after something, it is something that lasts throughout - true presence.
  • Favorite quote: Faith is a withholding of conclusion, so you allow what is to arise. --Adyashanti.
  • Love and thankfullness are topics which everyone can share something about.
  • In Italian families, meals are the religion. Did not appreciate it as youth, but now realize meals are just about being present, sharing the experience.
  • Children are very present. They can feel very passionately in one moment, and forget it the next. Being with kids rubs off.
  • Is presence contagious?
  • Compassion is rooted in understanding.
  • Fear blocks presence
  • Appreciation for the depth of today's conversation, whereas usually there is a feeling of rushing.
  • Sometimes it's best not to analyze these things, Love, balance, etc .. they are interconnected. Live it.

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Who is 'me'?, by Toni Packer

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At work, many people kept e-mailing back & forth while sitting three seats away from each other. When stuck in your habits, you do not realize how seperate you feel. Sign on a liqour store billboard "The weather changes, so will your mind". Underlying all thoughts lie a thought seed which when given attention starts to whirl awareness like stars around a galaxy - this is fantasy. We are drawn to different thought-seeds by our likes and dislikes. What we mainly consider our identity is just our awareness being pulled in many directions by all these thought vortices. By recognizing that attention is caught up in these vortices based on seed thoughts, you can free awareness from fantasy and from getting stuck in polarity. Meditation brings us to the state where we are a complete clean slate, without prejudgements. A relative passing causes sorrow, feeling many unsaid things left, sorrow related to feeling of "Why did I not behave like the right me around that person? Why did I wait to say things?" You can be distinct while still feeling interconnected - like hands on a finger or waves on an ocean. Grew up in cold weather and hated it, but realizing it was due to prejudgements about how weather was bad. Now in-the-moment, just appreciating the value that the snowstorm brings. Story of Black Elk chanting on a blue sky day, clouds appeared and rain poured just on him and the observers. When flying in a jet, whilest in the clouds the plane shakes and vibrates, but above them everything is clear and sunny. At school discussing ethnicity & race in the United States, every week featuring a seperate ethnicity. Each different background would remind of own personal history, though seemingly seperate, we have much in common. Life is just a collection of thoughts. Maybe thoughts & dreams change so that life doesn't get boring. Really liked relating weather to change. Just observing change in life as natural as the weather chan  See full.

  • At work, many people kept e-mailing back & forth while sitting three seats away from each other. When stuck in your habits, you do not realize how seperate you feel.
  • Sign on a liqour store billboard "The weather changes, so will your mind".
  • Underlying all thoughts lie a thought seed which when given attention starts to whirl awareness like stars around a galaxy - this is fantasy. We are drawn to different thought-seeds by our likes and dislikes. What we mainly consider our identity is just our awareness being pulled in many directions by all these thought vortices. By recognizing that attention is caught up in these vortices based on seed thoughts, you can free awareness from fantasy and from getting stuck in polarity.
  • Meditation brings us to the state where we are a complete clean slate, without prejudgements.
  • A relative passing causes sorrow, feeling many unsaid things left, sorrow related to feeling of "Why did I not behave like the right me around that person? Why did I wait to say things?"
  • You can be distinct while still feeling interconnected - like hands on a finger or waves on an ocean.
  • Grew up in cold weather and hated it, but realizing it was due to prejudgements about how weather was bad. Now in-the-moment, just appreciating the value that the snowstorm brings.
  • Story of Black Elk chanting on a blue sky day, clouds appeared and rain poured just on him and the observers.
  • When flying in a jet, whilest in the clouds the plane shakes and vibrates, but above them everything is clear and sunny.
  • At school discussing ethnicity & race in the United States, every week featuring a seperate ethnicity. Each different background would remind of own personal history, though seemingly seperate, we have much in common.
  • Life is just a collection of thoughts. Maybe thoughts & dreams change so that life doesn't get boring.
  • Really liked relating weather to change. Just observing change in life as natural as the weather changing is very relieving.
  • Recently took a Kayaking trip in Hawaii, had to walk through mud and rain - there was not much else to think about, time flew by.
  • Malu is expecting a baby!!
  • Osho used to jump in whirlpools and see himself caught up in them. He would swirl until he reached the center and then he would be pulled out of the whirlpool completely.
  • The more aware we are of this reality that everything changes, the better prepared we are. Question to the group - How prepared are we for the inevitable changes in life?
  • There are a number of interesting techniques in loosening the bond that language holds over "I", "Me" .. one of them is to stop using the words all-together. For example, instead of "I think" use "There is a thought" - very freeing because not owned by thoughts.
  • If you give up all labels, you will also have to give up thinking itself.
  • Response to how to prepare to change: Looking at a photo album of 10 years back, experiencing sadness, lost sense of youth, sense of innocence, sense of openness.
  • Three Zen students were sitting with their Master. Two of them had been arguing all day. The first one laid down his case and after listening closely the Master said "Yes, you are right." Then the second one took offense and explained his point of view, "Yes, you are right" said the Master. The third one then spoke out and said "Master, I'm confused, first you tell him he is right, then you tell the other he is right, this does not make sense" .. "Yes," The Master replied, "You are right too!"
  • What will you do if you win the lottery? I will retire. What will you do when you retire?
  • Question posed to a Zen Monk, what would you do if you had 15 minutes left to live? Reply: What's wrong with this?

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Creativity of Silence, by Dada

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Guy Kawasaki, one of the Macintosh inventors: "Maybe you have mistaken me for a creative type. I'm not creative. I just work like a dog. If people think writing is about releasing the creative muse with a fountain pen on a windswept beach while sipping cappuccinos, they're on drugs. Writing is about editing, and editing is about grinding it out. Speaking is the same. Speaking is about repetition and polishing, working on a speech and giving it dozens of times until it sounds spontaneous." Robin Williams, same act on two different shows and made it seem spontaneous both times. Creativity is bringing to bear your personality to the seeds that have been planted for a long time architecture: it's not something that just comes ot you; you actually have to do something article: science drives art; as technology improves, capability of art improves. creative -- the word means to create something different; why? to stand out. why? because you need identity. Most scientists find the solution first, and then look for a problem. Why do we need to be creative? Ever existing, ever new joy -- nature of our being. creativity is to tune into that root nature. Becoming co-creators. Where does silence fit into creativity? silence between the notes defines the creativity of the music not getting caught up in hope. We are all already creative, it's just a matter of discovering it. I see creativity in people who do the same things, but constantly find new ways to do them. Everyone has a little bit of creativity. I get something new from every person I meet. When I sculpt, all that exists is the stone and the tools I'm using - my mind doesn't chatter. At 8 years old I was diagnosed with moderately severe hearing loss, it was tough to reconcile silence, not wanting to miss anything which might have been said. It took a lot to get comfortable with the sound of silence. Sign language is a whole form of expression based on silence. Creativity is part of liv  See full.

  • Guy Kawasaki, one of the Macintosh inventors: "Maybe you have mistaken me for a creative type. I'm not creative. I just work like a dog. If people think writing is about releasing the creative muse with a fountain pen on a windswept beach while sipping cappuccinos, they're on drugs. Writing is about editing, and editing is about grinding it out. Speaking is the same. Speaking is about repetition and polishing, working on a speech and giving it dozens of times until it sounds spontaneous."
  • Robin Williams, same act on two different shows and made it seem spontaneous both times.
  • Creativity is bringing to bear your personality to the seeds that have been planted for a long time architecture: it's not something that just comes ot you; you actually have to do something article: science drives art; as technology improves, capability of art improves. creative -- the word means to create something different; why? to stand out. why? because you need identity.
  • Most scientists find the solution first, and then look for a problem.
  • Why do we need to be creative?
  • Ever existing, ever new joy -- nature of our being. creativity is to tune into that root nature. Becoming co-creators.
  • Where does silence fit into creativity? silence between the notes defines the creativity of the music not getting caught up in hope.
  • We are all already creative, it's just a matter of discovering it.
  • I see creativity in people who do the same things, but constantly find new ways to do them.
  • Everyone has a little bit of creativity. I get something new from every person I meet.
  • When I sculpt, all that exists is the stone and the tools I'm using - my mind doesn't chatter.
  • At 8 years old I was diagnosed with moderately severe hearing loss, it was tough to reconcile silence, not wanting to miss anything which might have been said. It took a lot to get comfortable with the sound of silence.
  • Sign language is a whole form of expression based on silence.
  • Creativity is part of livingness, my grandmother needed it as much as I need oxygen.
  • My creative superheroes are people who have Contagious Faith without unnecessarily bowing to social conditioning, but rather living their own truth.
  • When eating food, does my body create energy?
  • "Silence is not the absence of sound, rather it is the absence of Self"
  • Creativity abounds in nature - six billion people on this planet and no two are the same!
  • An artist told me that when creating there is no drive to do anything in particular, creativity just comes.
  • Creativity is something you can catch only if you are there, like waking early to catch the most beautiful sunrise. It might take practice, practice, practice to be present for that moment.
  • To create doesn't have to be something new, it just has to come from you.
  • Henry James said "I think creativity is in the all" - for me, it's not about What I create, like creating something profound, but I do know how marvelous I feel when I am creative, it makes me free, makes me loving.
  • Creativity is the sustained attention to the freedom within movement
  • Faith is a withholding of conclusion so you allow what is to arise. Silence is the withholding of conclusion so you allow what is to arise.
  • An artist is not a special kind of person, every person is a special kind of artist.
  • "Wait without hope, because hope can be hope of the wrong thing" T.S. Elliot
  • "Service doesn't start when you have something to give, it starts when you have nothing left to take" Nipun Mehta
  • We don't really have a choice to be not creative. When we say creativity, we are referring to the mystery, the ah-ha of the choices life gives us.
  • Silence is not just the absence of sound, it is a state of tranquility.
  • Creative role model seems to be a contradiction in terms.
  • There's a couplet in Urdu "My silence echoed in such a way that I was hearing answers from all directions."
  • How does the drive to creativity bring us back to balance, to inner silence & steadiness? When you push down a spring, the closer you are to the base, the root and the more force you are creating. Similarly, the closer you are to your own root, your own nature, the more creative force you have.

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Drum Major Instinct, by Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rev. Heng Sure was our guest speaker and while his stories are best experienced in person, below are some of the key points we heard ... Christmas means lots of things to lots of people; to some it's about shopping, to some about consumerism, to some it's about vacation, to some it's about religion. But to us it's about giving. And to have you in our home to share that space of service is a privilege for us. Tonight's guest speaker is Rev. Heng Sure, who needs no introduction. Story about Spiritual Technology (from Rev. Heng Sure's blog) There's the receiver's happiness at getting "gifts". But the giver benefits even more. To be able to give is to practice the art of happiness. Giving is wonderful, getting is wonderful, but what happens after the joy of giving and receiving? Post-gratitude school? Empowering givers? I hope everyone can become post-gratitude graduate. :) Saraswati (any diety) is just as close as your next thought. Nipun's India trip will be empowering the "Dao Jones" ticker tape: one service story after another rolling in front of your eyes. The more your eyes and ears open, the more you see suffering. And after seeing so much false, people long to see something true, to experience first hand. In communication, words are often superflouus; the hearts are talking. And some people just get it. At a wedding, for example, everyone is really happy. But can you hold all that happiness? Some traditions say: if I feel really happy, there's something wrong with me. What we need is spiritual technology to deal with happiness. The answer is that you're on your own. We're not equipped to deal with joy -- we call it overjoyed, something out of the norm. Here's the technology we need: dedicating merit. The idea is that you don't have to hold the happiness. If your self is wanting to keep all that, no way; it's like trying to hold sound. Sounds doesn't stop; neither does happiness. Dedication of  See full.

Rev. Heng Sure was our guest speaker and while his stories are best experienced in person, below are some of the key points we heard ...

  • Christmas means lots of things to lots of people; to some it's about shopping, to some about consumerism, to some it's about vacation, to some it's about religion. But to us it's about giving. And to have you in our home to share that space of service is a privilege for us. Tonight's guest speaker is Rev. Heng Sure, who needs no introduction.

  • Story about Spiritual Technology (from Rev. Heng Sure's blog)

  • There's the receiver's happiness at getting "gifts". But the giver benefits even more.
  • To be able to give is to practice the art of happiness.
  • Giving is wonderful, getting is wonderful, but what happens after the joy of giving and receiving? Post-gratitude school? Empowering givers? I hope everyone can become post-gratitude graduate. :)
  • Saraswati (any diety) is just as close as your next thought.
  • Nipun's India trip will be empowering the "Dao Jones" ticker tape: one service story after another rolling in front of your eyes.
  • The more your eyes and ears open, the more you see suffering. And after seeing so much false, people long to see something true, to experience first hand.
  • In communication, words are often superflouus; the hearts are talking. And some people just get it.
  • At a wedding, for example, everyone is really happy. But can you hold all that happiness? Some traditions say: if I feel really happy, there's something wrong with me.
  • What we need is spiritual technology to deal with happiness. The answer is that you're on your own.
  • We're not equipped to deal with joy -- we call it overjoyed, something out of the norm.
  • Here's the technology we need: dedicating merit. The idea is that you don't have to hold the happiness. If your self is wanting to keep all that, no way; it's like trying to hold sound. Sounds doesn't stop; neither does happiness.
  • Dedication of merit says: as happy as I am, may all in my situation, may all folks in all other situation, may they also feel this happiness that I'm feeling. Pass it on, with a boost.
  • The more you give, the more you have to give it away. It's not from you, it's through you. you don't have to own it.
  • Confuscius: keep joy anger sorrow and happiness in appropriate measure. Once you learn that, you reciprocate. Then it's in harmony.
  • You can teach man to eat tofu, or so him to plant soy beans (vegetarian version of teaching someone to fish :)).
  • If you can hear it, everything is speaking dharma.
  • acccestoinsight.org
  • Q: How do you find god? Listen to your mind. not only asking inside but truly listening inside.
  • Science and dharma should be one and the same, if it's good sciene and sincere dharma.
  • Dharma is the anchor that aligns all the gears of your human experience.

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You Become What You See, by Deepak Chopra

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Tsunami: how do you see it? Destruction, response of service, good news? What is your intention of the year? Be the change you wish to see. But also see the change you wish to be. If you want to see truth, you'll see truth. If you want to see God, you'll see God. Blind Swordsmen (movie: Zatiochi): blind character but he can see a lot. Be like the sun that doesn't discriminate: no moods, depression ... just give light. Can't repress the bad by only seeing the good, but have to respond positively. My cousin was on the beach and saw the tsunami first hand; was shaken up! Ramakrishna cleaned bathroom with his hair ... to break the barrier of the good/bad. Wednesday unplugged: highlight of my week! Secret to 20 good meditations in two days -- skiing! Going down the slopes, I had no memory, no thought. Kids experiencing the tsunami: will they remember? I can't recollect when I fell off the top berth in a train. What we preceive is made up of so many things -- made me realize that everyone is so unique. Yet we're similar and we all respond to good. That's amazing. Someone on the internet said they'll callup my family that's local; somehow it worked! Smile story, a truly anonymous one, of giving ride to some drunk folks outside a bar. Christmas gift: perception shift with my mom. What you are, you see also. And you are what you see. So how do you change your patterns? Everyone is seeing it from their own perspectives. How do you change that? Intention of the year: be here. Patti's birthday is July 20th. Goenka story: seeing someone drop the rolex is one thing; dropping it yourself is another thing. See each action and try to get as many different perspectives as you can. Intention of the year: continue working on compassion; first with myself and then let it automatically flow outward. How do you respond to the tsunami? Don't know. Just be patient. To get there, you need a first step here. World's response is amazing. It's amazing that  See full.

  • Tsunami: how do you see it? Destruction, response of service, good news?
  • What is your intention of the year?
  • Be the change you wish to see. But also see the change you wish to be.
  • If you want to see truth, you'll see truth. If you want to see God, you'll see God.
  • Blind Swordsmen (movie: Zatiochi): blind character but he can see a lot.
  • Be like the sun that doesn't discriminate: no moods, depression ... just give light.
  • Can't repress the bad by only seeing the good, but have to respond positively.
  • My cousin was on the beach and saw the tsunami first hand; was shaken up!
  • Ramakrishna cleaned bathroom with his hair ... to break the barrier of the good/bad.
  • Wednesday unplugged: highlight of my week!
  • Secret to 20 good meditations in two days -- skiing! Going down the slopes, I had no memory, no thought.
  • Kids experiencing the tsunami: will they remember? I can't recollect when I fell off the top berth in a train.
  • What we preceive is made up of so many things -- made me realize that everyone is so unique. Yet we're similar and we all respond to good. That's amazing.
  • Someone on the internet said they'll callup my family that's local; somehow it worked!
  • Smile story, a truly anonymous one, of giving ride to some drunk folks outside a bar.
  • Christmas gift: perception shift with my mom.
  • What you are, you see also. And you are what you see. So how do you change your patterns? Everyone is seeing it from their own perspectives. How do you change that?
  • Intention of the year: be here.
  • Patti's birthday is July 20th.
  • Goenka story: seeing someone drop the rolex is one thing; dropping it yourself is another thing.
  • See each action and try to get as many different perspectives as you can.
  • Intention of the year: continue working on compassion; first with myself and then let it automatically flow outward.
  • How do you respond to the tsunami? Don't know. Just be patient.
  • To get there, you need a first step here.
  • World's response is amazing. It's amazing that the heart can quiver with such pain.
  • Difference between goals and intention -- Phillip Muffett article -- intention you live out every single day. Goals come and go.
  • Terrance Mckenna: how language creates our world. We end up naming things. that carriers are barrier with the act of experiencing it.
  • A friend gave me the gift of a Thai word: it meant that feeling of frustrated, lost, etc. indicated that you are on the path to enlightenment. What a relief. English doesn't have that word.
  • Should we absorb things as they are? Or should we have some blinders?
  • Very few animals killed in the Tsunami; the fish are just going with the flow!
  • Pema Chodron: everything that happens is a tool.
  • Last thing that Buddha said: start and continue.
  • Lahri mahasya: you have to keep on, keeping on.
  • Everyone is unique but they arise from the same source, so we're all the same.
  • Can you observe everything?
  • Everything that comes and goes is not real. --Adyashanti
  • What was not real, never dies. what dies was never real.
  • Are the flags moving or is it the wind? It is neither, it's your mind. (Sayaji Uba Khin)

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Going Into the Unknown, by Satish Kumar

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Advice for a pilgrimage ... respect everyone, not criticize, be balanced, no lies, don't steal. My offering to you: reciting the Earth Store Boddhisattva chant 10,000 times. In some way things can never stay the same, especially after a pilgrimage. Connect with everyone, every single person. When tiny things upset you, push it further. Crank it up. Pilgrimage is in our nature. Take me with you. Getting out of your comfort zone ... sense of openness comes alive in you. Make sure you have a return tickets. :) Quote-a-day: at the end it doesn't matter how many years you've lived, but rather the life in those years. Just live! I'll sing my offering: seven lines of the poem that starts with-- every step is a destination, through an ancient nation, not in a rush not a run. Should a return be immiment? Maybe, maybe not. Hiking in Africa, I came down a slightly different path. Creates the most amazing view. Take it on with an adventurous spirit. Stay honest. No short cut to any place worth going to. Make driking water a routine. I came to wednesdays through sheer chance; I offer my gratitude Keep doing what you've been doing As you travel, you enter the unkown; don't let that distract. Remain equanmious. Follow your hearts, live in the moments. Moving, changes, journey: whenever you leave a place, you leave behind pieces of yourself. Instead of leaving pieces, for me it's about finding pieces. Build your jigsaw puzzles as you must. I regret the pieces of myself that will be going away. Knowledge obscures reality. My wish for you to is to have lots and lots of fun. Indian version of "The Motorcycle Dairies" ... Take it as it comes Feel really privileged to have the opportunity to go Wednesdays make me find my balance. Thank you. Dancing like a free spirit. Janani's Sanskri sloka as a blessing. An experience with Shilapiji at CTTB was the beginning of much. If I wasn't open to life, I wouldn't have felt it. Be open. Best travel m  See full.

  • Advice for a pilgrimage ...
  • respect everyone, not criticize, be balanced, no lies, don't steal.
  • My offering to you: reciting the Earth Store Boddhisattva chant 10,000 times.
  • In some way things can never stay the same, especially after a pilgrimage.
  • Connect with everyone, every single person.
  • When tiny things upset you, push it further. Crank it up.
  • Pilgrimage is in our nature. Take me with you.
  • Getting out of your comfort zone ... sense of openness comes alive in you.
  • Make sure you have a return tickets. :)
  • Quote-a-day: at the end it doesn't matter how many years you've lived, but rather the life in those years. Just live!
  • I'll sing my offering: seven lines of the poem that starts with-- every step is a destination, through an ancient nation, not in a rush not a run.
  • Should a return be immiment? Maybe, maybe not.
  • Hiking in Africa, I came down a slightly different path. Creates the most amazing view. Take it on with an adventurous spirit.
  • Stay honest.
  • No short cut to any place worth going to.
  • Make driking water a routine.
  • I came to wednesdays through sheer chance; I offer my gratitude
  • Keep doing what you've been doing
  • As you travel, you enter the unkown; don't let that distract. Remain equanmious.
  • Follow your hearts, live in the moments.
  • Moving, changes, journey: whenever you leave a place, you leave behind pieces of yourself. Instead of leaving pieces, for me it's about finding pieces. Build your jigsaw puzzles as you must.
  • I regret the pieces of myself that will be going away.
  • Knowledge obscures reality.
  • My wish for you to is to have lots and lots of fun.
  • Indian version of "The Motorcycle Dairies" ...
  • Take it as it comes
  • Feel really privileged to have the opportunity to go
  • Wednesdays make me find my balance. Thank you.
  • Dancing like a free spirit.
  • Janani's Sanskri sloka as a blessing.
  • An experience with Shilapiji at CTTB was the beginning of much. If I wasn't open to life, I wouldn't have felt it. Be open.
  • Best travel moment: when a french woman did my laundry, when I helpless.
  • Why travel? Why be out of your comfort zone? You have to fight those questions, fear. I wish you a strong foundation to rely on.
  • Don't guard against paradoxes.
  • Quote on "The journey" by?
  • Accept candt from strangers but you don't have to eat it.
  • If you have nothing but love, it comes back to you.

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The Main Thing, by Alan Cohen

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  • All of our skills compliment one anotherís, we do not all have to be the same.
  • You can have lots of zeroís but if you donít have a one in front of the zeroís, you have nothing.
  • Itís not always so clear to know what is really the main thing, often you have to try many things until the main one becomes clear.
  • Main thing is to be honest towards yourself.
  • When spiritual interests developed in me, in the beginning I would read all sorts of ideas other people had about questions I couldnít quite answer. Later, I decided to just walk the path and now Iíve noticed that those same questions donít even matter.
  • Kindness to one another without judgement is the main thing.
  • We need to respect what other people know and who they are. We have to accept people as they are.
  • I always question what path I should take in my life, but I know the path is already laid out and all I need to do is take the steps to walk it.
  • Knowing truth and supporting others in expressing their own truth is what makes me come alive.
  • Main thing for me is, donít be selfish, which is difficult because we all have a self!
  • Everyone has a mission in life, to be constantly seeking what it is, is the main thing.
  • The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose
  • I feel most alive in the company of people who are spiritual seekers.
 

Blink of an Eye, by Malcolm Galdwell

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  • Aside from the unconscious internal computer and the conscious logical analytical mind, there is also what is called the superconscious, that aspect of our beings which is aligned with the principles of the cosmos. Whereas the feelings we get from the unconscious are called instinct, the feelings from our superconscious are intuition
  • Things we see as random are not so random when looked on a different scale. Though we may see thousands and thousands of white swans, the moment we see a black swan we cannot say all swans are white anymore.
  • I used to enjoy taking photos, but now that I've taken a class I don't know how to take good photos anymore because I keep thinking of all the adjustments I need to make on the camera.
  • How can we dip into our superconscious mind?
  • During pregnancy my sister read so many books about babies, pregnancy, birth etc.. .. three days after giving birth, the baby could not stop crying. Later on they realized you cannot put a schedule around a baby, you have to use your natural born instinct to take care of it.
  • Most of us live in our heads a majority of our time without allowing our other intelligences play a role. Intuition and instincts are not experiences just of our heads.
  • Most people keep asking what is my swadharma, what is it I'm here to do? Vinobhe Bhave says if it's really your purpose, it should be effortless, but we've created so many blockages due to all sorts of conditionings. Our task is to peel off these conditioned layers and who we are will naturally arise.
  • What if our base desires are greed or anger, will acting out of instinct be the best thing to do?
  • Every person carries some sort of a 'vibe' which reflect their thoughts and emotions. People who themselves are cleared of much conditioning and thought can see these on others.
 

The Divine Superman, by Sri Aurobindo

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In your experience, how difficult have you found it to remain balanced and to conquer anger & delusion? There are some easily identifiable milestones, like servicing others, being in balance etc. One could start there. The thought really mesmerised me and saw the irony of it: I am getting attached to the thought they is asking us go beyond the mind! I see sub milestones... and some sign board. But I do not want to expect the arrival. I want to cross the milestones and then realize it instead of expecting it constantly. The changes need to start from outside too as what is external has a lot of influence on us. We get caught in the pattern. You think you are getting somewhere and then realize you have forgotten, India has givnen ineternal peace to many for a long time and also has espoused the importance of Sakthi (strength). Perhaps his early years of advocacy for violence was his way of trying to bring a balance between peace and shakthi. When I do anything from fear, I want to escape. But when I do anything from love, I feel peaceful. As long as I was giving importance to happiness, I experienced a lot of high and low. But these days I just feel good. I have managed to raise my awareness of myself.. but don't know how to go from there. If you break a bone and set it wrongly, you need to rebreak it to set it right. Similarly, sometimes you may have to rebreak certain things in life, however painful it is, to get back to a state of new possibility. One cannot solve a problem from the same level of thinking that created it (Einstien). So it is with self growth. I constantly try to not operate from what I already know. Evolution is a fairly recent concept in humanity. So spirituality itself is evolving. People might have experienced timelessness, but haven't yet figured how to express in time. Wisdom tells me I am nothing, Love tells me I am everything and I walk between the two! Intellectually knowing anything is not  See full.

  • In your experience, how difficult have you found it to remain balanced and to conquer anger & delusion?
  • There are some easily identifiable milestones, like servicing others, being in balance etc. One could start there.
  • The thought really mesmerised me and saw the irony of it: I am getting attached to the thought they is asking us go beyond the mind!
  • I see sub milestones... and some sign board. But I do not want to expect the arrival. I want to cross the milestones and then realize it instead of expecting it constantly.
  • The changes need to start from outside too as what is external has a lot of influence on us.
  • We get caught in the pattern. You think you are getting somewhere and then realize you have forgotten,
  • India has givnen ineternal peace to many for a long time and also has espoused the importance of Sakthi (strength). Perhaps his early years of advocacy for violence was his way of trying to bring a balance between peace and shakthi.
  • When I do anything from fear, I want to escape. But when I do anything from love, I feel peaceful.
  • As long as I was giving importance to happiness, I experienced a lot of high and low. But these days I just feel good.
  • I have managed to raise my awareness of myself.. but don't know how to go from there.
  • If you break a bone and set it wrongly, you need to rebreak it to set it right. Similarly, sometimes you may have to rebreak certain things in life, however painful it is, to get back to a state of new possibility.
  • One cannot solve a problem from the same level of thinking that created it (Einstien). So it is with self growth. I constantly try to not operate from what I already know.
  • Evolution is a fairly recent concept in humanity. So spirituality itself is evolving.
  • People might have experienced timelessness, but haven't yet figured how to express in time.
  • Wisdom tells me I am nothing, Love tells me I am everything and I walk between the two!
  • Intellectually knowing anything is not the same as "really" knowing it.

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Mushin, by Vernon Kitabu Turner

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had mixed reactions to this thought, especially the speaking in polarities. Was reading this book called "blink" about the power of thinking without thinking. "Sometimes your joy is the reason for your smile. Sometimes your smile is the reason for your joy " Thich Naht Hanh "Be careful when you are fighting a monster, else you might become the monster" (paraphrase) Freidrich Nietzche "You must be like water, taking the shape of the container you are in" Bruce Lee Where is the line between playing the game and being an observer? "Be selfish, be generous" The Dalai Lama Everybody thinks there should not be wars, but what are you going to do about it? A key of martial arts is training yourself not to think about what the right thing to do is, but just doing the right thing. While working in the community, a few weeks ago someone twice my size decided to rush me with malicious intent. There was no thought in my mind, but my actions naturally tended to use his weight against him, but without hurting him, even with years of martial arts training I've had. After a few minutes he looked at my eyes and said "we will never do this again" and hugged me. We are now close friends. Interestingly, mindfulness is what leads to no-mind A friend of mine was killed in Iraq last saturday. She went there to serve and work with civilians who were hurt by the war. She lived the principles of this quote. Her last words were "I'm Alive" please check out her organization, http://www.civicworldwide.org What is the difference between being present in something and being lost in it? When lost in it, you are fully involved, but not aware that you are. When you are present with it, you are still fully involved, but are aware that you are in it, yet still see it from a more expanded perspective. Often as we get older our natural ability to be in touch with a deeper self that came so easy as  See full.

  • had mixed reactions to this thought, especially the speaking in polarities.
  • Was reading this book called "blink" about the power of thinking without thinking.
  • "Sometimes your joy is the reason for your smile. Sometimes your smile is the reason for your joy " Thich Naht Hanh
  • "Be careful when you are fighting a monster, else you might become the monster" (paraphrase) Freidrich Nietzche
  • "You must be like water, taking the shape of the container you are in" Bruce Lee
  • Where is the line between playing the game and being an observer?
  • "Be selfish, be generous" The Dalai Lama
  • Everybody thinks there should not be wars, but what are you going to do about it?
  • A key of martial arts is training yourself not to think about what the right thing to do is, but just doing the right thing.
  • While working in the community, a few weeks ago someone twice my size decided to rush me with malicious intent. There was no thought in my mind, but my actions naturally tended to use his weight against him, but without hurting him, even with years of martial arts training I've had. After a few minutes he looked at my eyes and said "we will never do this again" and hugged me. We are now close friends.
  • Interestingly, mindfulness is what leads to no-mind
  • A friend of mine was killed in Iraq last saturday. She went there to serve and work with civilians who were hurt by the war. She lived the principles of this quote. Her last words were "I'm Alive" please check out her organization, http://www.civicworldwide.org
  • What is the difference between being present in something and being lost in it? When lost in it, you are fully involved, but not aware that you are. When you are present with it, you are still fully involved, but are aware that you are in it, yet still see it from a more expanded perspective.
  • Often as we get older our natural ability to be in touch with a deeper self that came so easy as a child gets assailed and covered by doubts. Mindfulness can be used as a tool to clear these doubts and allow what we already know to come to the surface.
  • Ocham's razor is a principle stating that the simplest explanation is often the correct one.
  • The founder of Aikido said when someone came to attack him, they immediately fractured their relation to the universe and his task was to take their weakness and return it into harmony.
  • Sveta & Fred are engaged!
  • "You must achieve formlessness, so you may assume all forms" Bruce Lee

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Seat of Power, by Swami Vivekananda

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this thought is quite humbling. Reminded of a quote by Gil Fronsdale "The more aware you are of your intentions, the greater your freedom to choose" Made a connection between this thought and the Power of Now, because in this moment is really where all these subtle movements take place. The ability to really focus in on the present moment is then in many ways the ability to find this seat of power which Vivekananda speaks of. Paramahansa Yogananda teaches what he calls energization exercises, where one can learn to use thought and intention to exercise the muscles without the need of any weights, for we can create the same tension a weight would create just by intending it and using our own will. Swami Vivekananda has been such an inspiration to my own life, there is so much energy and power in his words that set me afire when I read it. In molecular biology, we learn that certain proteins are what cause the muscles to move. But it also seems the mind itself has some ability to control muscles and the body. So what is the link between these biological processes and the impulses sent by mind? One of the best books I've ever read is the picture biography of Vivekananda. Always felt that he was so popular not just because of what he had to say, so much as his intense spiritual magnetism which people in the west had never seen before. "As a rule, man is fool when it's hot, he wants it cool When it's cool, he wants it hot always wanting what is not" There's a thought that says when someone speaks, 70% of what is conveyed is just in presence, and only 30% are the words and intellectual constructs. The idea of the bubble rising from the bottom of the ocean to the surface - there's a *lot* of water from the surface to the bottom, many layers inbetween. It's kind of exciting to realize we can even experience this whole process within ourselves. There is so much awe around us. We hav  See full.

  • this thought is quite humbling. Reminded of a quote by Gil Fronsdale "The more aware you are of your intentions, the greater your freedom to choose"
  • Made a connection between this thought and the Power of Now, because in this moment is really where all these subtle movements take place. The ability to really focus in on the present moment is then in many ways the ability to find this seat of power which Vivekananda speaks of.
  • Paramahansa Yogananda teaches what he calls energization exercises, where one can learn to use thought and intention to exercise the muscles without the need of any weights, for we can create the same tension a weight would create just by intending it and using our own will.
  • Swami Vivekananda has been such an inspiration to my own life, there is so much energy and power in his words that set me afire when I read it.
  • In molecular biology, we learn that certain proteins are what cause the muscles to move. But it also seems the mind itself has some ability to control muscles and the body. So what is the link between these biological processes and the impulses sent by mind?
  • One of the best books I've ever read is the picture biography of Vivekananda. Always felt that he was so popular not just because of what he had to say, so much as his intense spiritual magnetism which people in the west had never seen before.
  • "As a rule, man is fool
    when it's hot, he wants it cool
    When it's cool, he wants it hot
    always wanting what is not"
  • There's a thought that says when someone speaks, 70% of what is conveyed is just in presence, and only 30% are the words and intellectual constructs.
  • The idea of the bubble rising from the bottom of the ocean to the surface - there's a *lot* of water from the surface to the bottom, many layers inbetween. It's kind of exciting to realize we can even experience this whole process within ourselves.
  • There is so much awe around us. We have hands & eyes, but how do these hands move? And our eyes, even sight itself, isn't this incredible how all this came to be?
  • Feelings seem to really rule over nearly all decisions and situations. What can really be done about these? Can we control these feelings? Seems we have to start just by watching them arise, without thinking too much about what to do with them.
  • When we are present with our feelings, we are really taking responsibility for not only where they come form, but where they are going, and thus where we are going.
  • mystery might be the best word of what lies behined thoughts, feelings and intention.
  • There is a point of awareness when thoughts, feelings and actions become one thing.
  • In Sankya philosophy it is spoken of two kinds of perceptions. The first one is the gross sense perception. What is the second type? We've been using words such as subtle, deep and so on. When we go deep, where do we go deep? Words and concepts themselves cannot capture whatever it is we are trying to talk about.
  • As soon as I observe that I am 'in the flow' then that flow comes to a close.

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Inner Social Responsibility, by Vimala Thakar

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A research project in Princeton a few years ago tried to find a correlation between collective consciousness and seemingly 'random events.' By running seemingly seperate 'coin flip' experiments, they noticed that during major events, such as the death of princess Diana and 9/11, the patterns of the coin flips were highly statistically improbable. Part of the conflicts out in the world seem to be from different groups who essentially all want the same thing, but for themselves alone. "what if I changed behaviour .." is too hypothetical, we have to change that behaviour and then see the effect on the world. If we say now "I will end all greed", we will likely associate some actions in time that will have to take place. We will still think "In order to do that, this will have to happen first, then that will have to happen next." After a while, we might forget what we were doing in the first place. Vinoba Bhave & Ghandi seemed to have come up with a solution. Just by going deeper into spirituality, by your own presence you affect your sorroundings and the people you meet. A cardioligist in Stanford did a study of 100 heart patients. For 50 of them there were other people who were praying for them, and for the other 50 no one was praying for in the context of the study. The results showed that the 50 who were being prayed for healed significantly faster and more completely. Someone asked Les Kaye, a Zen monk what the purpose of life is, without hestitation, his answer was "Relationship" "you cannot observe yourself by being alone, but you can observe yourself better by seeing others" J Krishnamurti when there's an internal conflict, we really aren't connected to the source, and then we can't feel connected to other people etc. the impact, when we feel in touch with this inner source, we are then empowered to influence others in a positive way. like wednesday evenings. why? the  See full.

  • A research project in Princeton a few years ago tried to find a correlation between collective consciousness and seemingly 'random events.' By running seemingly seperate 'coin flip' experiments, they noticed that during major events, such as the death of princess Diana and 9/11, the patterns of the coin flips were highly statistically improbable.
  • Part of the conflicts out in the world seem to be from different groups who essentially all want the same thing, but for themselves alone.
  • "what if I changed behaviour .." is too hypothetical, we have to change that behaviour and then see the effect on the world.
  • If we say now "I will end all greed", we will likely associate some actions in time that will have to take place. We will still think "In order to do that, this will have to happen first, then that will have to happen next." After a while, we might forget what we were doing in the first place. Vinoba Bhave & Ghandi seemed to have come up with a solution.
  • Just by going deeper into spirituality, by your own presence you affect your sorroundings and the people you meet.
  • A cardioligist in Stanford did a study of 100 heart patients. For 50 of them there were other people who were praying for them, and for the other 50 no one was praying for in the context of the study. The results showed that the 50 who were being prayed for healed significantly faster and more completely.
  • Someone asked Les Kaye, a Zen monk what the purpose of life is, without hestitation, his answer was "Relationship"
  • "you cannot observe yourself by being alone, but you can observe yourself better by seeing others" J Krishnamurti
  • when there's an internal conflict, we really aren't connected to the source, and then we can't feel connected to other people etc.
  • the impact, when we feel in touch with this inner source, we are then empowered to influence others in a positive way. like wednesday evenings. why? the hour of silence brings us closer to our own sources, and so we are in a framework of greater openness.
  • study with harvard students: people would rather be richer relative to others than richer objectively
  • godel escher and bach: games that show that we think non-rationally in relation with others ... like the prisoner's dilemma
  • mark peters' blog entry: not having enough resources for all poor people etc, conflict between giving and considering the limitations of that giving. perhaps the important thing is to give from a place of clarity and sincerity and allowing the ripples to go as they would.
  • ayurvedic doctor in pune who had a real talent, and who experimented with various things. one example: gave castor oil to everyone and everyone felt better, but another doctor couldn't replicate this. principle: the medicine is just the carrier, but the intention of service is most important
  • on relation between microcosm and macrocosm: story of astronaut who saw earth from outer space, and realized that there were no lines in between countries. similarly, so much of how we affect others has to do with the connection we have with them.
  • example: nipun and guri. just by them taking their journey, because of our shared journey, affects my journey ...
  • thought on privacy: keeping a lot of things in, and not sharing due to fear etc, and this thought helps us recognize that the motivations, intentions etc. are there in everybody, though manifest in specific ways in our lives.
  • micro vs. macro: whatever circumstances i happen to be in, definitely has an impact on others, and vice versa.
  • at some point in my life i asked myself what can i do to make the world a better place ... and this thought tells us that all the parts affect the whole ... and we are the sum total of all the influences in our life, and in that sense, we react to things in a semi-conditioned way ... and as we become aware of that, in changing our own conditions, we can change the collective conditioning.
  • everything starts with and intent, and some action follows. subtlest level of consciousness is the most powerful level of consciousness.
  • experiments done in 70's on effect of mass meditation, and how it affected society beneficially. creating greater order within has an effect on greater consciousness.
  • woke up today and told myself that i was going to be happy, and that today, i would smile at two strangers today. so if you have a genuine desire to have an aura of positivity, then you tend to get that back.
  • sometimes your joy is the reason for your smile, sometimes your smile is the reason for your joy.
  • brian green's string theory: at the core of everything, everything is a vibration. so if you look at will, thought, action
  • abstract or concrete
  • it's a vibration that comes into harmony with something else.
  • in my experience, collective energy has helped me a lot; in particular, having the space on wednesdays, was the first example of feeling interconnected
  • transformation occurred for me when i realized that deep down inside, i'm a person who cares. so the challenge has been to make that from moments to a way of life.
  • alternative energy fair in berkeley, reading brochure and it says to kill slugs, and feeling anger. at the end of that feeling of anger, i realized that i don't hold myself to the same standards that i expect from other people. so perhaps the cause of my anger was my not having lived up to my own standards.
  • getting to the point where you are seamlessly living with integrity in the micro and the macro
  • society is a pattern, but is it really anything more than a myth? if we give life to this abstraction, it goes on.

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Beyond Good and Evil, by Satish Kumar

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How have your notions of what is good and what is evil changed through your life? All our concepts change, at some point people believed that the world was a flat surface. It seems conceptions of good and evil are dependant on your individual situation in place and time. Though they do seem to exist, how you look at things really plays a role in how you interpret what they are, and also how you react to them. Paramahansa Yogananda said that Real Good is what brings you closer to Truth, to God. Real evil is what takes you further from realizing this Truth. Yogiraj Gurunath says when good things happen, it's blessings ripening and a chance for spiritual growth. When difficulties come, it is an opportunity to purify and lighten our load. From this perpsective, it's 'all' Good. When you look at a rock up close, you may see the cracks and ants or bugs on it. Go up on a tree and you may still see the shape, but not the ants. If you go into the clouds, you'll see something else alltogether. Another reminder that really depends on your degree of awareness. Instead of focusing on what is sin and getting down on myself, I've chosen to focus on what is True and walk that path. Like in the Buddhist precepts, the first one is no killing, but turn it around and that can also mean cherish all living beings. Paramhansa Yogananda said that in the movies there is always the Hero and the Villian. Without the villian we would not know who the Hero is. If you turn around however you will see that both Hero & Villian are creations of one beam. As a society, do we need conceptions of good & bad? It seems yes, because different people are at different stages of perception. A child for example may need the context of rules before it can grow to think and fend for itself. At some point however, these concepts need to be transcended. It seems cruelty comes from a person who is unhappy and  See full.

  • How have your notions of what is good and what is evil changed through your life?
  • All our concepts change, at some point people believed that the world was a flat surface.
  • It seems conceptions of good and evil are dependant on your individual situation in place and time. Though they do seem to exist, how you look at things really plays a role in how you interpret what they are, and also how you react to them.
  • Paramahansa Yogananda said that Real Good is what brings you closer to Truth, to God. Real evil is what takes you further from realizing this Truth.
  • Yogiraj Gurunath says when good things happen, it's blessings ripening and a chance for spiritual growth. When difficulties come, it is an opportunity to purify and lighten our load. From this perpsective, it's 'all' Good.
  • When you look at a rock up close, you may see the cracks and ants or bugs on it. Go up on a tree and you may still see the shape, but not the ants. If you go into the clouds, you'll see something else alltogether. Another reminder that really depends on your degree of awareness.
  • Instead of focusing on what is sin and getting down on myself, I've chosen to focus on what is True and walk that path. Like in the Buddhist precepts, the first one is no killing, but turn it around and that can also mean cherish all living beings.
  • Paramhansa Yogananda said that in the movies there is always the Hero and the Villian. Without the villian we would not know who the Hero is. If you turn around however you will see that both Hero & Villian are creations of one beam.
  • As a society, do we need conceptions of good & bad?
  • It seems yes, because different people are at different stages of perception. A child for example may need the context of rules before it can grow to think and fend for itself. At some point however, these concepts need to be transcended.
  • It seems cruelty comes from a person who is unhappy and miserable.
  • My questions are, isn't it evil what happened in Rwanda? In Sudan? In Nazi Germany? When someone robs and murders another?
  • There was a chinese monk who visited here a few years back, when similar questions were raised to him, his response is, when you wipe the table with a sponge, you are killing millions of beings, is that evil?
  • Often the words good & evil have gotten confused, for example when they are directly associate with constructive and destructive.
  • Definitions of good & evil can get circular, we each have to look for it in ourselves to understand their roles in life.
  • If you look at the rainbow, you can take the biggest magnifying lens and try to get up close and try to see where orange ends and red begins. You will never be able to do so. If you take five steps back however, you will exactly be able to tell where one ends and the other begins.
  • It seems the concepts of good & evil have to exist together, that is, you cannot see evil unless you see good.
  • We all seem to agree that good and bad are both sides of one coin. My question is, why are we so fascinated with looking at this coin?
  • Once I came in to see a movie towards its end. A man was hitting another man and I was thinking "wow, what a bad person" but it turns out I was seeing the Hero subduing the villian. Similar to life, we mostly are only watching one scene, but what would we feel if we were able to see the whole picture?

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Moved by Love, by Vinoba Bhave

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When people would go to Ghandi with spiritual inquiries, he would say to go to Vinobha. It stood out that Love is dynamic, it cannot be static. Same with thought. There is a subtle difference between thought & opinion as Vinobha puts it, thought seems to come with awareness of impermanence, and is present for that moment, whereas opinion is more rooted into time, it is more fixed. Paramahansa Yogananda said "The is a fine line between being open and lack of conviction" Swami Vivekananda said (paraphrased) "Surely it is a good thing to be born into a religion, but it is a terrible thing to die in one" My mother said "Your real wealth is not something which you cannot take with you after you die. You real wealth is something that no one can take away from you, your knowledge, your spirituality" A quote from a woman that has worked with people living on the streets for much of her life "I have strong opinions, and I have worked really hard to get them" Being open once meant to me having much which is kept closed, with a small open doorway into it. A key difference into stepping into greater openness is a feeling of vulnerability .. and yet a sense of greater liberation. If you really love another person, you will also end up doing quite a lot of thinking of what it must be like to be them. My practice on how to Love others, is to focus on the life within them which is the same as mine, regardless of whatever differing opinions we may have. I've noticed when others have differing opinions on something I am secure about within myself, it doesn't phase me. But I get irritated when someone disagrees on something I am not so sure of. In my experience, the only times people are willing to change their opinion is when they get to a point of feeling about the topic. Most of the time when we feel something, it is not actually a new feeling, but a trigger from some past conditioning  See full.

  • When people would go to Ghandi with spiritual inquiries, he would say to go to Vinobha.
  • It stood out that Love is dynamic, it cannot be static. Same with thought. There is a subtle difference between thought & opinion as Vinobha puts it, thought seems to come with awareness of impermanence, and is present for that moment, whereas opinion is more rooted into time, it is more fixed.
  • Paramahansa Yogananda said "The is a fine line between being open and lack of conviction"
  • Swami Vivekananda said (paraphrased) "Surely it is a good thing to be born into a religion, but it is a terrible thing to die in one"
  • My mother said "Your real wealth is not something which you cannot take with you after you die. You real wealth is something that no one can take away from you, your knowledge, your spirituality"
  • A quote from a woman that has worked with people living on the streets for much of her life "I have strong opinions, and I have worked really hard to get them"
  • Being open once meant to me having much which is kept closed, with a small open doorway into it. A key difference into stepping into greater openness is a feeling of vulnerability .. and yet a sense of greater liberation.
  • If you really love another person, you will also end up doing quite a lot of thinking of what it must be like to be them.
  • My practice on how to Love others, is to focus on the life within them which is the same as mine, regardless of whatever differing opinions we may have.
  • I've noticed when others have differing opinions on something I am secure about within myself, it doesn't phase me. But I get irritated when someone disagrees on something I am not so sure of.
  • In my experience, the only times people are willing to change their opinion is when they get to a point of feeling about the topic.
  • Most of the time when we feel something, it is not actually a new feeling, but a trigger from some past conditioning.
  • Can love be rationalized?
  • The root of rationalization is the word 'ratio', which means, comparing something to another. Can uncondiotional love be put in ratio? Is it then still unconditional.
  • What does it mean to be in Love? A friend once observed: 1) There is this Love 2) I am in it 3) You are here with me
  • How can one convey to another that they are not coming from an argumentative and opinionated mode?
  • Stillness
  • Within my own being from observation, the link between Love & thought is sound.
  • Why does a baby feel love for it's mother?
  • In response, a poem from Pavi:

    My Answer.
    For those of you who wonder why
    the sky is blue and placed sky-high
    For those of you who want to know
    how the stream knows where to go
    And why the cow has just two horns
    and why the nights turn into morns
    Listen and I will tell you:

    I don't know.

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Commit Absolutely, by Buckminster Fuller

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  • Each person we meet is a gateway to something we don't know.
  • As I grow older I've been thinking how younger children, teenagers, they look up to me and it makes me think "What does it really mean to give?"
  • The only spanish words Ashish knows "Amigos Muchas Gracias"
  • Shunryu Suzuki said "Each of you is perfect the way you are, and you could all use a little improvement"
  • Often it's not just about finding the right answer, but asking the right question.
  • When someone approaches Les Kaye with a problem, he doesn't start by trying to find an answer, but to celebrate the courage and bravery the person displays in just asking.
  • Listening is an important aspect of mentorship.
  • A title of a book "That which you are seeking is making you seek"
  • "Wait, but wait wihtout hope, because hope could be hope of the wrong thing" T.S. Elliot
  • Two of the greatest stories about relationships with mentors: 1) swami vivekananda with Ramakrishna -- convinced by his own experience 2) Yogananda with Sri Yukteswar -- interchangeability between guru and disciple.
  • The words "Formal Guru" have come up, and I do have a "formal guru", but it's one of the most informal relationships I have.
  • Mentoring happens when you walk the talk.
  • Teacher's task: occupy your mind so that the real teachings can come up from within.
  • Yogiraj Gurunath often says "You need a teacher in kindergarden to teach you the abc's, what makes you think that for life's most important task, finding God, that you do not need a guide?"
  • Eric's poem "when a student is ready. A teacher is everywhere. When a teacher is ready students are everywhere. When a teacher looks and finds no students, and when students look and finds no teacher, then graduation is very near.
 

World of Objects, by Eckhart Tolle

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David Steindl-rast -- connection between gratefulness and midfulness Duane Elgin -- the awake universe Heng Sure -- reflection before you have a meal, on how that meal has come about. the seed of rice -- where did it come from? thankfulness and selflessness are just as connected objects are useful, but we shouldn't become attached to them; if we lose it, then we shouldn't feel sorrow ... have to be balanced between self-identification and obliviousness human beings don't notice the finest resolution -- we pick the resolution that is appropriate. if we are really going to be in touch with objects, we have to have no agenda. can you plan while being in the moment? when i do parallel thing, usually my attention is not fully on any of them. three pillars of zen: true worth of things: what you think, or what others think? dolphins using seaweed as "mufflers" to prevent being stung by stingrays is evolution the increasing usage of objects? amma: starve the ego to know yourself. attachment to objects is about satisfying your ego. important to tatain balance between using things and not letting it define you was trying to find moments where i deeplly appreciated something, and was therefore able to let it go. if i really like something, i can leave it where it is ... the more attachment that you have to certain objects, the more pain it causes objects can organize people what is a moment? modern physicists say time is an illusion. we think that we have the ability to think freely, but from the time you're born, our conditioning constrains the choices we make. the self and the universe are the same thing: microcosm and macrocosm. calvin hobbes: what is the difference between children and adults? adults are just more attached to their toys dalai lama: whenever we look at something, we think how nice would it be if it were in my back yard. the real detachment  See full.

  • David Steindl-rast -- connection between gratefulness and midfulness
  • Duane Elgin -- the awake universe
  • Heng Sure -- reflection before you have a meal, on how that meal has come about. the seed of rice -- where did it come from?
  • thankfulness and selflessness are just as connected
  • objects are useful, but we shouldn't become attached to them; if we lose it, then we shouldn't feel sorrow ...
  • have to be balanced between self-identification and obliviousness
  • human beings don't notice the finest resolution -- we pick the resolution that is appropriate.
  • if we are really going to be in touch with objects, we have to have no agenda.
  • can you plan while being in the moment?
  • when i do parallel thing, usually my attention is not fully on any of them.
  • three pillars of zen:
  • true worth of things: what you think, or what others think?
  • dolphins using seaweed as "mufflers" to prevent being stung by stingrays
  • is evolution the increasing usage of objects?
  • amma: starve the ego to know yourself. attachment to objects is about satisfying your ego.
  • important to tatain balance between using things and not letting it define you
  • was trying to find moments where i deeplly appreciated something, and was therefore able to let it go.
  • if i really like something, i can leave it where it is ...
  • the more attachment that you have to certain objects, the more pain it causes
  • objects can organize people
  • what is a moment? modern physicists say time is an illusion.
  • we think that we have the ability to think freely, but from the time you're born, our conditioning constrains the choices we make.
  • the self and the universe are the same thing: microcosm and macrocosm.
  • calvin hobbes: what is the difference between children and adults? adults are just more attached to their toys
  • dalai lama: whenever we look at something, we think how nice would it be if it were in my back yard. the real detachment can be when you can appreciate it and don't need it in your backyard.
  • objects are often symbols of nostalgia
  • i found myself getting attached to non-possession. attachment is to the relationships with the object.
  • some things are so beautiful, and so you want them near you. but it gets to the point where they become clutter and congestion ... i want to be able to appreciate beautiful things in museums :-)
  • appreciate and pay it forward
  • sometimes it's hard to see your own clutter ... objects bog you down without you realizing it.
  • the alchemist: if you're in the moment, and reminding yourself to come back to the moment, suddenly you see things you didn't see before.
  • what exactly is materialism? having objects isn't really it ... you can own objects, but don't let the objects own you!
  • what are objects, and what are valuations? diamonds are of the same chemical stuff as stones, pretty much; so it's about how you value it.
  • possession has a euphoria attached
  • satish kumar: we are like human havings instead of human beings
  • when we multi-task, we have to be more mindful than usual ... we have to switch contexts etc ... and we can only do that wehen we can put a task on auto-pilot ... so you have to be more mindful to multitask, if you are conscious.
  • if we are able to perceive that everything is interconnected, then it's easier to let go of one thing.

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Good in Countless Ways, by Kahlil Gibran

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A good quality of this thought is the attitude of non-self-judgementality. "Not all who wander are lost" The stag doesn't judge the turtle. Steve Jobs in a commencement speech at Stanford asks himself every day "If I were to die today, is this what I would be doing with my life?" If we are both the root, as we need to receive to sustain ourselves and we are the fruit, as we have a lot to give, then we must be the tree. Seems obvious, but you have to have a lot of humility to be humble Read a quote by Shunryu Suzuki "You are all perfect just the way you are, and you could all use a little bit of improvement" Hagel said that to understand anything you have to first split it up, but once you understand the parts you have to synthesize and realize the whole which is greater than its parts. "If it happens it's good, but if it doesn't happen, it's even better" Amita Bhajan The human ear can hear about 150 words a minute, human speech can speek about 500 words a minute, but the human mind can process 5000 words a minute. "Faith is a withholding of conclusion so you allow what is to arise" No resistance, total acceptance, no frustration Heard at the Ammachi ashram "The essence of humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less" "A good man is a bad man's teacher, a bad man is a good man's job. If you don't understand this, you will forever be confused by the world" "A saint is a sinner who never gave up" Paramahansa Yogananda To make decisions, it helps me to remember what it is that I really want, and choose according to that. You can philosophize of what it's like to step from Y to Z, or you can take a step from B to C. Upon reflection, it seems that every time I felt conflicted about a decision, the decision had already been made and my process was just to accept it. "Shantaram" non-fiction book that may be worth reading  See full.

  • A good quality of this thought is the attitude of non-self-judgementality.
  • "Not all who wander are lost"
  • The stag doesn't judge the turtle.
  • Steve Jobs in a commencement speech at Stanford asks himself every day "If I were to die today, is this what I would be doing with my life?"
  • If we are both the root, as we need to receive to sustain ourselves and we are the fruit, as we have a lot to give, then we must be the tree.
  • Seems obvious, but you have to have a lot of humility to be humble
  • Read a quote by Shunryu Suzuki "You are all perfect just the way you are, and you could all use a little bit of improvement"
  • Hagel said that to understand anything you have to first split it up, but once you understand the parts you have to synthesize and realize the whole which is greater than its parts.
  • "If it happens it's good, but if it doesn't happen, it's even better" Amita Bhajan
  • The human ear can hear about 150 words a minute, human speech can speek about 500 words a minute, but the human mind can process 5000 words a minute.
  • "Faith is a withholding of conclusion so you allow what is to arise"
  • No resistance, total acceptance, no frustration
  • Heard at the Ammachi ashram "The essence of humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less"
  • "A good man is a bad man's teacher, a bad man is a good man's job. If you don't understand this, you will forever be confused by the world"
  • "A saint is a sinner who never gave up" Paramahansa Yogananda
  • To make decisions, it helps me to remember what it is that I really want, and choose according to that.
  • You can philosophize of what it's like to step from Y to Z, or you can take a step from B to C.
  • Upon reflection, it seems that every time I felt conflicted about a decision, the decision had already been made and my process was just to accept it.
  • "Shantaram" non-fiction book that may be worth reading

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To Walk Unmasked, by Sir John Wilson

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  • Balance
  • "An educated mind is one that can entertain any thought without accepting it" Aristotle
  • Sitting for meditation is a process of unmasking (the senses)
  • The latin translation for 'mask' is 'persona'
  • What would we be if we took off all our masks?
  • Seems more crucial to be conscious that we are wearing masks than to necessarily take them off.
  • We often put our own masks on each other.
  • In Japan in the Kabuki theater, the actors both act and wear masks. This engages the audience to use their imagination to understand the play.
  • "If you stop looking for roses, there are no thorns" U.G. Krishnamurti
  • When learning something, it seems to sink in better if we accept it, but we don't grasp too hard on the knowledge itself.
  • mind always sees things in two ways: peel off layers until you arrive at what is unmasked or just be here now, start behaving as if there's no mask and letting that realization sink in its roots and develop. Both approaches are effective.
  • "It's not the masks we wear, but our actions which define us" Batman
  • How do you recognize that you are playing all these roles?
  • A friend said today "Imagination is the basis of compasssion"
  • Is it possible to be honest while wearing masks?
  • "When I go away, something else will come in" Kabir
  • A thought heard recently "Culture came out of a need to invoke common ideas so we could all live together."
  • The difference between trying to be, and just being.
  • During these wednesday conversations, generally I'm intently listening, trying to learn. But as the mask gets closer, especially the last two people, my attention gets phases out.
  • "The ultimate feat is to unmask when there is no mask" Ragunath
 

This I Believe, by Robert A. Heinlein

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Discussion notes from Wednesday ... What do I believe? Accumulation of wealth is accumulation of sin. Inconvenient Truth This author hasn't lived in my neighbhorhood; it's hard to trust! The problem of our times is values. A felon is disallowed to vote for the rest of your life; assumes that once you make a mistake, you're not a good person. What I am is more important than what I believe in. I stayed with my friend for two days; another friend stayed in the same place and saw God. It's all about perspective. You have earn your beliefs; you can't just believe. By being who you are, you allow others a chance to be who they are. If everyone gave, there wouldn't be homeless. I wonder if this is true elsewhere? "southern hospitality"? Was try to help three women who didn't speak much English. Cops pulls us over and asks, "Why I want to do good?" Maybe it's my youth, but I believe in the optimism of the passage. Person behind me paid for me at the grocery store when I forgot my wallet. Time and time again, good has always prevailed in my life. Whatever I end up believeing will become true; but you have to truly believe it, can't fake it. Can't project your belief to your kids; they have to find it themselves. Lost our license during a family trip to Hawaii; the receptionist called her boyfriend at midnight to help. Bonanza of goodness. My world is a projection of my own self; I gotta take full responsibility. 'Inconvenient Truth' movie made me get a hybrid. Life has made me a believer. Got a flat tire on 280 freeway and dear old man helped me out. We are products of multiple circumstances and multiple realities; Heinlen starts with his neighbors, goes to towns people and goes to the whole race. We have to start with our corner of the world. There has to be critical mass of people who believe in a particular for mass adoption of that practice. People really need to know that others care about what they care about. Of all the beliefs,  See full.

Discussion notes from Wednesday ...

  • What do I believe? Accumulation of wealth is accumulation of sin.
  • Inconvenient Truth
  • This author hasn't lived in my neighbhorhood; it's hard to trust!
  • The problem of our times is values.
  • A felon is disallowed to vote for the rest of your life; assumes that once you make a mistake, you're not a good person.
  • What I am is more important than what I believe in.
  • I stayed with my friend for two days; another friend stayed in the same place and saw God. It's all about perspective.
  • You have earn your beliefs; you can't just believe.
  • By being who you are, you allow others a chance to be who they are.
  • If everyone gave, there wouldn't be homeless.
  • I wonder if this is true elsewhere? "southern hospitality"?
  • Was try to help three women who didn't speak much English. Cops pulls us over and asks, "Why I want to do good?"
  • Maybe it's my youth, but I believe in the optimism of the passage.
  • Person behind me paid for me at the grocery store when I forgot my wallet. Time and time again, good has always prevailed in my life.
  • Whatever I end up believeing will become true; but you have to truly believe it, can't fake it.
  • Can't project your belief to your kids; they have to find it themselves.
  • Lost our license during a family trip to Hawaii; the receptionist called her boyfriend at midnight to help. Bonanza of goodness.
  • My world is a projection of my own self; I gotta take full responsibility.
  • 'Inconvenient Truth' movie made me get a hybrid.
  • Life has made me a believer. Got a flat tire on 280 freeway and dear old man helped me out.
  • We are products of multiple circumstances and multiple realities; Heinlen starts with his neighbors, goes to towns people and goes to the whole race. We have to start with our corner of the world.
  • There has to be critical mass of people who believe in a particular for mass adoption of that practice.
  • People really need to know that others care about what they care about.
  • Of all the beliefs, you must believe in yourself first.
  • Best thing you can do for someone is to make them self-sustaining.
  • Goodness is an experience, not words.
  • Accumulation: there's needs and then wants; when you stick with your needs, you wants get taken care of.
  • I tend to be tragically optimistic; and I have been hurt by it.
  • Can't have good without bad.
  • X-men III: power of belief can carry you against all odds.
  • Played a game called "Would you rather?" Trust everyone or no one? Made us realize that without trust, our world would be horrible place to live.
  • I feel like I live like this guy's world; but you need critical mass.
  • I believe in openness; open heart opens doors.
  • 50 facts to change world -- give your phone number to five neighbors you don't know. Why not go a little farther and make 'em a meal?
  • At the end of the day, just do 10 pay-it-forward acts for every goodness you receive and humanity will be fine.

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Opening the Door to a New Humanity, by Janis Roze

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Notes from the Wednesday discussion ... Some people see good in all. Like Sister Antonia in the Mexican prisons. Sometimes I want to do everything but then I remember to do what's in front of you. We have to expand the notion of humanity to all creation and not just think that we're at the top. A Tamil Tiger emailed me today -- if you were in my shoes, what would you do? Be non-violent or live as a marked man? Why is this called "new" humanity? Humanity is humanity. The man who frisked me at the airport, later helped me buy my tickets because I couldn't speak the local language. Humanity is alive everywhere! Nisha's story about walker? In oscillating between micro and macro, I remember to start with myself. Reading Friedman's 'World is Flat' where he says that as the world gets more interconnected economically, we're less likely to go to war. What would you do to save something? Don't look for this one thing. Do something that will make you come alive. In the movie, Shawshank Redemption, they play classical music in prison. No one understands it but everyone is happy because they're not exposed to anything beautiful. Like that, do something, even if it means you just sing a song. Change within, they say. But it's so much easier to change others! Saw celestine prophecy -- I don't think everything happens for a reason. Movie talked about the next step in evolution being not dominating others for their energy ... at a personal and societal level. Cooperation. Dream -- got seized by militants, but was let go. Felt bad about it. Didn't get my share of suffering. Cellist in Sarajevo: they bombed and he kept playing music on the streets in protest. I have the conviction but I don't know for sure not to pollute the noosphere with my negativity Authentic self -- be in the present is the best way to reach that voice; suffering that exists in the world due to ignorance. Everything is in cycles; if you look at the sun, it gives energy. It harms  See full.

Notes from the Wednesday discussion ...

  • Some people see good in all. Like Sister Antonia in the Mexican prisons.
  • Sometimes I want to do everything but then I remember to do what's in front of you.
  • We have to expand the notion of humanity to all creation and not just think that we're at the top.
  • A Tamil Tiger emailed me today -- if you were in my shoes, what would you do? Be non-violent or live as a marked man?
  • Why is this called "new" humanity? Humanity is humanity.
  • The man who frisked me at the airport, later helped me buy my tickets because I couldn't speak the local language.
  • Humanity is alive everywhere!
  • Nisha's story about walker?
  • In oscillating between micro and macro, I remember to start with myself.
  • Reading Friedman's 'World is Flat' where he says that as the world gets more interconnected economically, we're less likely to go to war.
  • What would you do to save something? Don't look for this one thing. Do something that will make you come alive.
  • In the movie, Shawshank Redemption, they play classical music in prison. No one understands it but everyone is happy because they're not exposed to anything beautiful. Like that, do something, even if it means you just sing a song.
  • Change within, they say. But it's so much easier to change others!
  • Saw celestine prophecy -- I don't think everything happens for a reason. Movie talked about the next step in evolution being not dominating others for their energy ... at a personal and societal level. Cooperation.
  • Dream -- got seized by militants, but was let go. Felt bad about it. Didn't get my share of suffering.
  • Cellist in Sarajevo: they bombed and he kept playing music on the streets in protest.
  • I have the conviction but I don't know for sure not to pollute the noosphere with my negativity
  • Authentic self -- be in the present is the best way to reach that voice; suffering that exists in the world due to ignorance.
  • Everything is in cycles; if you look at the sun, it gives energy. It harms life, it helps life.
  • Different to be a good person and to be aware of what needs to be done.
  • Stay away from concepts but go with one's own resonance.
  • If everyone simply just listened, that would change the world.

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Opening the Door to a New Humanity, by Janis Roze

FaceBook  On May 30, 2006 Nipun wrote:
If you're interested in reading the full article, it's from Kosmos Journal: http://www.kosmosjournal.org/kjo/articles/articlessub2/opening-the-door-to-a-new.shtml Janis Roze Ph.D. born in Latvia, is Professor of Biology Emeritus of City College and Graduate School of the City University of New York. He was professionally associated with the American Museum of Natural History and the United Nations. A founder of the International Center for Integrative Studies he published six books and narrated several videos on Creative Evolution. He co-edited What it Means to be Human (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ tg/detail/-/0312271018?v=glance)
 

A Relentless Search For Greater Understanding, by Robert E. Rubin

FaceBook  On May 29, 2006 Nipun wrote:

Notes from Wednesday discussion ... Decision making process is easy for yourself. But it's hard to convince others of your decision making skills! Rumi once said: "If you want what visible reality can give, you're an employee. If you want the unseen world, you're not living your truth. Both wishes are foolish, but you'll be forgiven for forgetting that what you really want is love's confusing joy." First sentence says there are no provable certainties. Certainties simply aren't provable. First decision, gut instinct, is usually the right one. Babies always try to help. Villian and hero are on the same screen; it all originates from the same beam of light. We must seek that light. Be yourself. We often try to emulate our own self images. Sherlock Holmes: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." In Blink, Malcolm Gladwell suggests that simple decisions are better with conscious thinking, the complex decisions are much effective with the use of our sub-conscious. Where are we as humanity? The answer depends on how strong people's opinions are. If we live in a cut-n-dry right-n-wrong world, we're still very young. Like Patricia Ryan Maddison said, we must substitute presence for meditation. Some say fear helps us protect ourselves but fear often prevent a good decision. How to buy a rocking chair? My husband research, I just buy it. I go with intuition because I'm afraid of exposing myself, my narrow view points, to my intellectual reasoning. Heart, mind, action. Backup plans is a big hinderance for my decision making. Gotta remove contigency plans. For difficult decisions, I pray for guidance from a higher source. Before I make a major decision, I always give it one night of sleep. If you want to hear a good laugh, just tell God your plans. In British English, we "take" decisions. In American English, we "make" decisions. Whatever you dec  See full.

Notes from Wednesday discussion ...

  • Decision making process is easy for yourself. But it's hard to convince others of your decision making skills!
  • Rumi once said: "If you want what visible reality can give, you're an employee. If you want the unseen world, you're not living your truth. Both wishes are foolish, but you'll be forgiven for forgetting that what you really want is love's confusing joy."
  • First sentence says there are no provable certainties. Certainties simply aren't provable.
  • First decision, gut instinct, is usually the right one. Babies always try to help.
  • Villian and hero are on the same screen; it all originates from the same beam of light. We must seek that light.
  • Be yourself. We often try to emulate our own self images.
  • Sherlock Holmes: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
  • In Blink, Malcolm Gladwell suggests that simple decisions are better with conscious thinking, the complex decisions are much effective with the use of our sub-conscious.
  • Where are we as humanity? The answer depends on how strong people's opinions are. If we live in a cut-n-dry right-n-wrong world, we're still very young.
  • Like Patricia Ryan Maddison said, we must substitute presence for meditation.
  • Some say fear helps us protect ourselves but fear often prevent a good decision.
  • How to buy a rocking chair? My husband research, I just buy it.
  • I go with intuition because I'm afraid of exposing myself, my narrow view points, to my intellectual reasoning.
  • Heart, mind, action.
  • Backup plans is a big hinderance for my decision making. Gotta remove contigency plans.
  • For difficult decisions, I pray for guidance from a higher source.
  • Before I make a major decision, I always give it one night of sleep.
  • If you want to hear a good laugh, just tell God your plans.
  • In British English, we "take" decisions. In American English, we "make" decisions.
  • Whatever you decide, don't have any regrets.
  • Uncertainty isn't a hurdle; it's a part of the decision making process.
  • I have many mentors with various areas of expertise. I'll just ask them which car to buy and just do it. Best of both worlds. :)

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A Relentless Search For Greater Understanding, by Robert E. Rubin

FaceBook  On May 23, 2006 Jesse wrote:
I saw a movie trailer recently that had the tagline -- "Difficult decisions are the ones that don't get taken." That is to say that once you make a difficult decision, it's no longer difficult. The human spirit is so strong, that no matter what the situation, it will adapt. Partially, I blame the media for giving us fears and our material progress for giving us so many choices that we start generating doubts. In reality, the human spirit so strong that no matter what the circumstance, we adapt. Nothing is really all that difficult, if you break it down. As Victor Frankl points out, Jews shared their bread (and love) in concentration camps. So yeah, go make difficult decisions, embrace the unknown, live on the edge. :)
 

Clear and Present Compassion, by Thich Nhat Hanh

FaceBook  On May 16, 2006 JZ wrote:
Compassion is certainly not for the weak. Gandhi, when he was instructing compassion workers at the Dandi March -- where people stood in lines to get pulverized by the British army -- said this: don't just get hit; look at the man hitting you, look him in the eye with love, and preach a silent sermon. Preach that the love in me is far stronger than the negativity with which you strike. Oppose not the man, for he is divine, but oppose his actions, for they are confused when it harms another being. And know that love will always prevail over hatred, that wherever there is injustice, there will always be forces working for justice, wherever there is weakness, strength will be always be found. And all this from a guy who boldly said -- my life is my message.