Wednesday, April 18, 2012


     "To love solitude and to seek it does not mean constantly traveling from one geographical possibility to another. A man becomes solitary at the moment when, no matter what may be his external surroundings, he is suddenly aware of his own inalienable solitude and sees that he will never be anything but solitary. From that moment, solitude is not potential - it is actual."           Thomas Merton

     Then there's interbeing - Indra's net.

     Then there's the senior Zen teacher who on being asked how far she'd travel to be in the presence of an enlightened master responded: "I wouldn't walk across the room."

     Then there's the Buddha's final instructions: "Work hard to gain your own salvation."

     "Not one, not two."

Photo: Colin Bates

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