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Thanks!

_________________________________________________________________________

name=Ron Purser
email=rpurser@sfsu.edu
subject=Dzogchen
text=Hi

I am interested in meeting people in SF area interested in Dzogchen

Ron

_____________________________________________________________________________

JERRY

An idealist sweeps the floor as though cleaning the world.
A realist cleans the world as though sweeping the floor.

__________________________________________________________________________

Albert Einstein: "Only two things are infinite, the universe
and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Eckhart Tolle: "Humans are a dangerously insane and very sick
species."

___________________________________________________________________________

Gene Poole wrote:

Idealism, friends, is not a good thing, it is poison. It is
so easy to be fooled by the outer face of idealism. Falling
for idealism occurs early in life, and is the root of
fanaticism and destructive authoritarianism.

GENE POOLE

Personally, I have seen and experienced various 'End O' the
World' scenarios. The planet has suffered various 'horrible'
fates, from being hurled from orbit (to freeze in the void of
interstellar space), the ravages of an unforeseen 'RNA-phage'
which effectively eliminated first consciousness and then all
life, to the brutal pounding of nuclear MAD (Mutally Assured
Destruction), to name only a few such ghastly ends of
'everything held dear including those who hold it'.

The point of sharing the above, is to illustrate that at
least on person who now lives (that being me), has seen that
(apparently unbeknownst to most) 'reality' is displayed
differently to each and every person. Group efforts, as seen
from here, are usually doomed to a very particular brand of
failure. And the flavor of that particular brand of failure,
eventually (however long it takes for the taste to build to
recognizable levels) results in 'spitting out of idealism'.

Idealism, friends, is not a good thing, it is poison. It is
so easy to be fooled by the outer face of idealism. Falling
for idealism occurs early in life, and is the root of
fanaticism and destructive authoritarianism.

The real joke, which I hope to point out here, is that the
particulars of any "cause" do not matter in the least, simply
(!!!) because the 'pro' and 'anti' forces of any 'issue of
social concern' are guilty of misusing their own personal
resources, of not only pissing away their own personal power,
but also of stupidly perpetuating the behaviour of fanaticism
as 'remedy'. Fanaticism, and its root idealism, cause more
harm than any of the issues which are contested, and in the
bargain, essentially 'castrate' each person who is infected
with the assumption that 'life is made better by taking
control of externals'. This chronic problem illustrates the
most profoundly stupid way ever, to 'fall for Maya'.

So here I sit, knowing something, which is that we have to
tackle the perceived problems at the deepest root level,
which happens to be within each person, and this can only be
done by each person 'to and for themselves'.

At the deepest root level, perceived problems stem from
'Samskara', the very essence of attachment.

Reality is subtle, it has many faces, the question to ask is
this; "Am I defined by what I perceive?"

If the answer is yes, then by all means, proceed toward your
worthy goal, waving flags of ethical vegetarianism, Ahimsa,
justice, etc. etc. Proceed as 'doer', and please, do get all
worked up over your virtuous ways and means to your defined
virtuous 'ends'.

The truth is, that one who has (to use an ancient phrase)
'seen beyond', holds the Administrative Key to reality
itself. Such a one, is able to simply step between worlds,
from one to the other and so on, and eventually the point of
the whole setup can be seen and understood; It can be stated
to be 'a teaching machine'.

LIFE IN THE TEACHING MACHINE: An Analogical Story

Lesson One: You are living in a Teaching Machine.

_1 The Teaching Machine can take any form; it is actually
'immaterial', but can mimic or represent any form, and any event. It
is fantastically responsive to each persons needs. In fact, it serves
ALL the needs of every person, ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

_2 Each person is responsible for remembering that what is seen and
experienced during immersion in the Teaching Machine, is
custom-designed for each individual person, and to beware the
assumption that ANY properties of experience are actually 'held in
common' between individuals.

_3 'Group' experiences are among the most profoundly indicative of
deep and pervasive blindness to the nature of reality. 'Mob'
experiences are diagnostic of 'fatal blindness', and the termination
of those involved ('violence') indicates that those students have
been 'sent back' (flunked) to a lower grade level in the Teaching
Machine.

_4 Living in, with, and AS paradox: The Teaching Machine uses a
deliberately generated 'illusion of multiplicity' to reveal the
nonexistence of 'individuality', by contrasting projected facets of
'self' (others) as the environment in which experience is had. Only
when a person has the maturity to withstand the shock of actual
awareness, will awareness be experienced. All experience is designed
to cultivate this level of maturity. Awareness grants the ability to
perceive the nature of reality.

_5 Compassion VS rejection: All facets of self, projected or not,
are indeed self; compassion allows wholeness of self, a necessary
prerequisite to maturity. Awareness is granted to those who have
surrendered to compassion. Love of self, VS self-rejection, can
enable the strength and durability needed to withstand the shock of
awareness.

_6 The 'graduate' of the Teaching Machine remains 'in the machine',
and serves as an aware reflector for students. Administrative
privileges are granted, but are revokable; above all else, the
graduate knows... 'there is no attainment'... and that the workload
increases in proportion to competency gained.

_7 Admin Area (Administrative access only).


I hope I am making this clear. I figure that as long as I am talking
about it I might as well make the effort to make it understandable.
This certainly has been said before, in various ways, but please,
give it some thought.

Love,

Gene Poole

Resources: (These links should be 'clickable'. You may need to hold
down a modifier key as you click on a link. Mac users should
[command-click] links found in email.)

<http://www.heartlandsangha.org/feeling.html>

<http://www.heartlandsangha.org/quote.html>

<http://www.san.beck.org/EC9-Buddha.html>

<http://www.nalandabodhi.org/mindfulnessofphenomena.html>

<http://www.unification.net/ws/theme003.htm>

<http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/faculty/ckaczor/strange.htm>


"You ask,
'how to make a better world';
there is no better world,
This is a better world".

_____________________________________________________________________________

WHITE WOLFE

dear brothers and sisters....recent events on several of the
lists i enjoy have errupted into a flurry of discussion over
censorship....what is and is not proper commentary.....some
offended ones have left.....others have announced that they
are censoring members they object to.....mark found himself
in a position of not even wanting to even post....this
reaction upon meditation reveals itself to me as a rejection
of love arising.....a rejection of the beloved.....of
multiplicity.....a rejection of a non-dual point of
view.....so come what may....i return to you just as i
am....one pilgrim among the many seekers....grateful to be
among the presence of many sincere seekers of the
way.....here on some thoughts on the
ressurection/reincarnation.....and of course, the topic of
censorship is implicitely there.....^^~~~~~

further up and further in,
white wolfe

the bardo states

It is you who think that you will be reborn.
-Sri Ramana Maharshi

in lower consciousness
these are and are not so
i have heard them
i hear the ten thousand
the demonic wailing of the undead
the angelic choiring of the same ones arisen
even now the ten thousand
i do and do not hear them
and this is and is not so too
in higher consciousness
birth and death are real and not real
i have been into the nothingness
i listen to the sound of my beloved laughing
within the beckoning brilliance just beyond
within and beyond the seamless canopy of darkness
even now i hear my beloved laughing
she is laughing with and at me and i at and with her
and this too is and is not so also
for love always dying love is love arising love for
ever higher states of consciousness

we who yet remain are here and not here
that the beloved may arise from within us
falling into darkness to streak ever brightly
further into the deeper darkness just beyond

endlessly and without effort
i love you, my dark one, you love me
without effort and endlessly
we pilgrim darkly into what lies beyond

mark christopher valentine
(june 18, 2001)

__________________________________________________________________________

T. EAGLERAVEN

Wheel (Ball) in Negative Motion
or
How Karma (Te) Is Generated From Nothing.
by Tim S Harris

Wheel or Ball is the absolute term of reference (POV) in this formula.

Ball is wuji. Is, is.
Wheel is wuji. Is, is.
I AM is wuji. Is, is.

A Ball with an absolute, relative 'position of still' is the
absolute of the 'slowest state of motion', resting on an
external, single point of contact with the single plane. This
is the static state. Taiji.

Without the position, slowest state of motion, external
single point, contact, and single plane, Ball is wuji. Wheel
is Wuji.

The Ball is capable of movement at the point of any force
(positive or negative) of energy overcoming it's inertia
(needs two points of contact to create movement) thus the
Ball is 'not stopped'.

Taiji to Wuji is not possible. Wuji to taiji then taiji
forever. The absolute, first note 'after' the silence of a
song (Taiji, Wuji doesn't know) is a string of notes no
matter the time between playing notes, or if the same song is
repeated, or if mistakes are made.

Wuji. This is the line. Taiji.

Some step over the line 'half the distance' into the black
(other side). Taiji.

Some people cross the 'imaginary line' that is 'half the
distance' between them selves and the the line. Wuji to
Taiji.

A wheel pulled up a hill requires 'more energy' to move than
the amount of energy required to overcome it's inertia.

This is negative motion by way of the wheel or ball which
resists without resistence.

In other words, it seems to me that the many, many, many
people are pulling the weight of the very, very, few... time
to cut the load.

This can not be understood by a dual mind that can only be a
witness to a three dimensional screen of which they are the
central view looking out with a limited view.

Breathe this way... draw (inhale) your breath from the
absolute, inner surface area of the 'sphere' aimed at the
dantain (or the heart chakra or where ever the target) and
exhale to fill the inner area.

How big is that 'outer area? How deep can you breathe? How
much area can you fill?

Breathe in from 'all' directions (not just down) breathe out
in all directions not just up. Radiant Breathing Technique.

Now, if you understand the point of the piece you will
understand this:

I simply do not know what you people want me to do. Nothing?
Then, 'negative motion' is generated and something will
ensue.

o -- T. Eagleraven

ps... even a Taoist understands the idea that a 'divine
consciousness' is required to see 'it's' secrets.

________________________________________________________________________

JAMES TRAVERSE

sages-cycles of four-DNA-galaxies...

Ancient sages saw that the cycles of nature like the four
seasons of a year are echoed in the seasons of a human life
as in childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

The phases of the moon are also reflected in the menstrual
cycle as in ovulation, pre-menstruation, menstruation and
post-menstrual periods.

A day is composed of dawn, daytime, twilight and night, and a
day of a human life is composed of awakening, waking
consciousness, falling asleep and deep sleep.

The ebb and flow of waves and high and low tides are mirrored
in a cycle of breathing as in inhalation and exhalation and
the natural pauses.

The four states of waking, dream sleep, deep sleep, and other
(a variety of names for it).

Many artists have reflected these natural cycles with the
four singing voices, four acts is many plays, four movements
in musical compositions, four line stanzas of poetry/sacred
scriptures, and dance beats, etc...

And there are

*** FOUR ASPECTS of DNA's DOUBLE HELIX ***

etc......

Do you suppose that there is a connection between the double helix of
DNA and the double spiral of the Milky Way Galaxy?

And...

What is non-double?

______________________________________________________________________________

MICHAEL READ

Who is?
What is?
Is made from what?

Tell you what - everything that is IS!

Without the so-called ego/individual to participate in the drama of
being - why bother?!

mind/body/ego IS - the REASON is for DRAMA!

enjoy IT or not

Who wakes up? Hmmmm?

What's the difference?

You all look just exactly like God to me!

So, what do you all want (you lovely god things you) - candy?
Have some! It's good!

How beautiful beautiful beautiful!

Why think about it! Enjoy!
Get over it! Live!
Move along, move along, move along - more's on its way!

Well - hmmph! Enough babbling for now!

Loveya - eternally - Michael

___________________________________________________________________________

MARK OTTER

Shhh... it happens.


Do st in
n't ep it

too late, I stepped and fell and got wet. Now I'm ALL wet. (Well,
it's humid here on LI. not to mention TOO hot.)

Up and down, it's nice
The temperature drives us
Wave after wave of ice.

Ice shrank us... Oh my!
So global warming expands
Our consciousness

By demonstrating
Beyond the shadow of doubt
That nothing is right

'Till we understand
That neither freezing nor HOT
Is what we hope for.

But that we need love.
And love walks the middle road
If it walks at all.

Turn off some lights, please,
Mark

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