October 25, 2014

Inspirational Selections

We hope you enjoy these Dharma stories, articles, and arts.  They have been compiled from sources and cultures from around the world and many of them have origins that date back thousands of years, having been passed down verbally from generation to generation.

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Zen Meditation (Tao Te Ching)

by John Stubbs

Published Feb 07, 2014

Zen Meditation (Tao Te Ching)

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Selection from the Tao Te Ching

by John Stubbs

Published Jan 10, 2014

Selection from the Tao Te Ching

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A Gift of Dhamma

by Ajahn Chah

Published Dec 17, 2010

A Gift of Dhamma

A Dharma talk by Ajahn Chah This is a talk Ajahn Chah delivered to an assembly of Western monks, novices and lay-disciples at Bung Wai Forest Monastery, Ubon, on the 10th of October, 1977. This discourse was offered to the parents of one of the monks on the occasion of their... Read more

Poem On Reincarnation

by Jalai Al-Din

Published Jun 29, 2009

I died from the mineral and became a plant; I died from the plant, and reappeared in an animal; I died from the animal and became a man; Wherefore then should I fear? When did I grow less by dying? Next time I... Read more

Searching for The Friend

by Lalla

Published Jun 29, 2009

from Lalla: Naked Song, translated by Coleman Barks I wearied myself searching for The Friend with efforts beyond my strength. I came to the door and saw how powerfully the locks were bolted. And the longing in me became that strong, and then I saw that I was gazing from within... Read more

Selections by No Ajahn Chah

by No Ajahn Chah

Published Jun 29, 2009

Selections by No Ajahn Chah

from Reflections, Compiled and Edited by Dhamma Garden   A visiting Zen student asked Ajahn Chah, "How old are you? Do you live here all year round?" "I live nowhere," he replied. "There is no place you can find me. I have no age. To have... Read more

Silence, the Sister of the Divine

by John O'Donohue

Published Jun 28, 2009

from Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World Silence is the sister of the divine. Meister Eckhart said that there is nothing in the world that resembles God so much as silence. Silence is a great friend of the soul; it unveils the riches of solitude. It... Read more

Naked Song

by Lalla

Published Jun 28, 2009

from Lalla: Naked Song, translated by Coleman Barks Whatever I do, the responsibility is mine, but like one who plants an orchard, what comes of what I do, the fruit, will be for others. I offer the actions of this life to the God... Read more

Meditation #17

by John Donne

Published Jun 22, 2009

From Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1623), XVII: Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris Perchance, he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me,... Read more

Becoming The Lotus

by --

Published Jun 19, 2009

From: Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead, translated by Normandi Ellis As if I'd slept a thousand years underwater I wake into a new season. I am the blue lotus rising. I am the cup of dreams and memory opening - I, the thousand-petaled flower. At dawn the... Read more

Selections from the Dhammapada

by the Buddha

Published Jun 19, 2009

Sayings of the Buddha Speak not harshly to anyone; those thus spoken to will retort. Vindictive speech begets sorrow, and retaliatory blows may bruise you. -- Canto X.5 Even though a man be richly attired, if he should live in peace, calm, controlled, assured, leading a holy life, abstaining... Read more

Meet The Friend

by Lalla

Published Jun 19, 2009

from Lalla: Naked Song, translated by Coleman Barks Forgetful one, get up! It's dawn, time to start searching. Open your wings and lift. Give like the blacksmith even breath to the bellows. Tend the fire that changes the shape of metal. Alchemical work begins at dawn, ... Read more

Sonnet

by John Milton

Published Jun 19, 2009

written in consideration of his worsening blindness When I consider how my light is spent Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my... Read more

The Need To Win

by Chuang Tzu

Published Jun 19, 2009

from The Way of Chuang Tzu [xix,4], Thomas Merton Translation When an archer is shooting for nothing He has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle He is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold He goes blind Or sees two targets- He is... Read more

The Two Levels of Practice

by No Ajahn Chah

Published Jun 19, 2009

from Reflections There are two levels of practice. The first level forms the foundation, which is the development of virtue, the precepts, in order to bring happiness and harmony among people. The second level is the practice of Dhamma with the sole goal of liberating the heart. This... Read more

Thanks and Yes

by Anthony de Mello

Published Jun 19, 2009

From The Song of the Bird What does it mean to love God? One does not love him the way one loves the people one sees and hears and touches, for God is not a person in our sense of the word. He is the Unknown. He is the wholly Other.... Read more

Eighth Letter: Concerning Wandering Thoughts in Prayer

by Brother Lawrence

Published Jun 19, 2009

from The Practice of the Presence of God You tell me nothing new; you are not the only one that is troubled with wandering thoughts. Our mind is extremely roving; but, as the will is mistress of all our faculties, she must recall them, and carry them to God as their... Read more

The Oneness of Relative and Absolute

by Shih T'ou

Published Jun 19, 2009

The Oneness of Relative and Absolute

(The Ts'an T'ung Ch'i') by Shih T'ou Photographs by Yao Xiang The Great Sage of India conveyed True Mind from West to East. Among human beings are wise ones and fools But in Truth there are no Patriarchs, north or south. From the clear, bright subtle Source Tributary... Read more

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Zen Meditation (Tao Te Ching) 07 February 2014 John Stubbs 2310
Selection from the Tao Te Ching 10 January 2014 John Stubbs 1390
A Gift of Dhamma 17 December 2010 Ajahn Chah 3801
Selections by No Ajahn Chah 29 June 2009 No Ajahn Chah 7423
Becoming The Lotus 19 June 2009 -- 2613
Selections from the Dhammapada 19 June 2009 the Buddha 2547
Meditation #17 22 June 2009 John Donne 2416
Meet The Friend 19 June 2009 Lalla 2438
Sonnet 19 June 2009 John Milton 2233
Naked Song 28 June 2009 Lalla 4240
The Need To Win 19 June 2009 Chuang Tzu 2650
Searching for The Friend 29 June 2009 Lalla 4520
Silence, the Sister of the Divine 28 June 2009 John O'Donohue 5537
The Two Levels of Practice 19 June 2009 No Ajahn Chah 2394
Thanks and Yes 19 June 2009 Anthony de Mello 2434
Eighth Letter: Concerning Wandering Thoughts in Prayer 19 June 2009 Brother Lawrence 2388
Poem On Reincarnation 29 June 2009 Jalai Al-Din 4792
The Oneness of Relative and Absolute 19 June 2009 Shih T'ou 2342