Friday, July 5, 2013

All Inclusive Unconditional Love

     “Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1921-1881] lived in a hopeless time and place, a world of pogroms, starvation, filth, and syphilis. His life was plagued by epilepsy, mental problems, and poverty. Yet he left this message: ‘Love all of God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light! Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. And once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly, more and more every day. And you will at last come to love the whole world with an abiding, universal love.”

       Pipher M. “Writing to change the world.” Riverhead Books, NY, 2006.

     "Handle even a single leaf of green in such a way that it manifests the body of the Buddha. This in turn allows the Buddha to manifest through the leaf."
          Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)


     “The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of bigger ideas, never returns to its original size.”          Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Martha expressing the Dharma

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