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"There Are No Repetitions" (excerpt) SUBTLE SOUND The Zen Teaching of Maurine Stuart) by Maurine Stuart

moment, how creative are we, how in touch with the source
...of poetry and music, but above all, it is the art of our own life
... If the artist interferes, or if we as artists of our lives interfere with this source through some self-conscious preoccupation, what happens? ... When mind and heart are open, empty; when there is no selfish motivation; then all one’s actions are one with heaven. ...This heaven-dance comes through all of us when we let go of all our ego-stuff, when we melt down the ego and let this source move freely through us....empty our minds, how we should open our hearts, but to do
... after hour perfecting a phrase so that we may have some free-
...We are the no-person person, and at the same time, we are
...it into everyday life, to be completely mindful of what we are doing, this is more difficult—and essential. We must make our base very strong, like the Daruma doll—no matter how many times he’s knocked down, he pops right up again. ... We have this source within us, but we must do our practice over, and over, and over; sit over and over, do whatever tasks we are engaged in over and over.
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"Introduction to Taoism" — (from EVERYDAY TAO) by Deng Ming Dao

Its methods, doctrines, and practices have evolved to a sprawling and complicated system that cannot be completely grasped even with a lifetime of study. ... After all, everyone is faced with the same struggles: the sun rises and sets on all of us, the seasons change for everyone, everyone ages. ...We all can live a life according to the principles of Tao, and we need not defer our study until some future time when we think we n enter into isolation solely for spiritual inquiry. ... All it takes to begin living a life harmony with Tao is a commitment to ongoing awareness, after that, there is only the thrilling process of learning more and ore about Tao....Since they don't hanker after the dazzling goals of others who are ambitious, they are able to maintain their equilibrium....Nature is not wholly synonymous with Tao, but it is completely a part of Tao and thus a perfect way to glimpse Tao....They accept that they were born, they accept that they will die, and they take the distance traveled between those two points as their personal path. They accept that each stage of their lives has certain advantages and disadvantages, and they set out to work with those advantages.Cultivated: Since a life of Tao is one of simplicity, observation, and action, people strive to refine themselves in order to follow Tao-more perfectly....It's like seeing a god, or paradise: no matter what anyone says or does, the experience cannot be erased. So top is it with those who have seen Tao and who live within its flow: They have a joyous sense of the deepest sustenance.
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"Zen Masters" (excerpt) THE WISDOM OF THE ZEN MASTERS — Irmgard Schloegl

They make a point that is as important now as it was then: one cannot have the one without the other; the chicken comes out of the egg; without the egg, no chicken....The Zen Masters made use of the scriptures and quoted them freely, though often with a comment that brought new light on what had become too familiar. They tried to break down blind piety towards the teachings, and to help their students to a real insight, to that clear seeing as a result of which the scriptures assumed a new and living meaning —not something abstract ‘up there’ to be quoted, but functioning here and now in one’s own life and in all that is, ‘clearly perceptible right before the eyes’....They could be fierce to an extent that to us seems appalling, though never without purpose, but balanced by a ‘grandmotherly kindness’ which seems to have been a greater danger than their fierceness, for we often find warnings in the texts against spoon-feeding.A man who wants to stand squarely on his own feet and to get his sight clear needs courage to see into his emotional household and to disentangle himself to some extent from it. ...The wanting and striving to bring it back is misdirected effort, is clinging to a passing phenomenon, and so only strengthens the sense of T. This is contrary to the Way, and so the Way is lost....He goads them on in their training till sooner or later they die the Great Death, and come to that true humility which is the joy of the heart, releasing its inherent warmth which now can flow and act freely. ...But dropping what has us, our ingrained opinions, views, ideals, our dear burdens that we so hotly and volubly defend—we cannot drop them by an act of will. ...Before long he encountered a knight on horseback who recognized him and made to strike him down but then decided against it as he was unwilling to sully his sword. ...They sit and train themselves, and those who come to them prepared for such training, able to bow at least the head and capable of giving up cherished views. ‘The Great Way is not difficult, it only avoids cherishing opinions’ on questions such as what is Truth, the Absolute, or other great words.
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"The Quest" by Adyashanti

In your quiet moments of honesty, you know that you are not who you present yourself as, or who you pretend to be. ...It is the intuition that there is truth, although you do not know what it is. But you know, you intuit, that truth exists, truth that has absolutely nothing to do with your ideas about it. ...A great Zen master said, “Do not seek the truth; simply cease cherishing illusions.” If there is a primary practice or path to enlightenment, this is it—to cease cherishing illusions. ... But ceasing to cherish illusions is no game; it’s a gritty and intimate form of deconstructing yourself down to nothing. ...To seek something, you must have at least some vague idea or image of what it is you are seeking. ... Truth can’t be found by seeking it, simply because truth is what you are. Seeking what you are is as silly as your shoes looking for their soles by walking in circles. ...The energy of seeking will be there in one form or another until you wake up from the dream state. ... I’m not talking about a new spiritual technique here; I’m talking about a radically different orientation to the whole of your spiritual life.
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"Things I've Learned from the Spiritual Master" by Steve McSwain

The really striking thing today is this: While I still regard myself as a Christian, and perhaps more so than at any other time, I feel just as connected to Buddhists and Buddhism, to Hindus and Hinduism, to Muslims and Islam, and so on. From all of these traditions I have discovered valuable insights and learned invaluable lessons about life and living—insights and lessons that are transformative in nature within every person where they are regularly practiced....Now, you can spend your whole life trying to figure out what you’re supposed to do in order to be; or, you can relish who you really are and then, whatever you do, will have lasting significance. ...The ego in you may cling to a set of beliefs, and so vigorously defend them against anyone who may question them, but know this: all the ego in you is really clinging to are inherited beliefs. ...When you know this, instead of being in resistance to what is happening in your life, you will look for the life lesson in it. ...With regard to my regrets, however, what is more troubling to me than things I did I wish I had not done are the things I wish I had done that I did not do.  ...What forgiveness is really about, however, is Divine grace—or, the divinely-provided capacity, as demonstrated in Jesus, to forgive others for unspeakable evil they might do to you and the equally provided capacity to forgive yourself for the wrongs you do to yourself. ...When you go regularly to the only place where this kind of change could ever take place—your inner world—you discover your outer world morphs into something infinitely more meaningful. ...If you’ll train yourself to give some attention to the space of emptiness—which is infinitely more than the objects in consciousness—I suspect you will make a similarly remarkable discovery.  ...The goal of all spiritual traditions is this: to guide you into ego-detachment, into self-discovery, self-fulfillment, or, as I like to put it, into Divine consciousness,” which is really, self-awareness.For me, the greatest consequence of my spiritual awakening is this: while I had searched for God and inner peace for most of my life, I woke up to the realization that God had found me already. 
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