Do you see what I mean?

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Do you see what I mean?

Postby muni » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:19 am

"Once I was staying with my mother in London. At the time she was the housekeeper for a very wealthy Canadian who lived in a luxury flat just off Hyde Park.

They all went off for a while, and I had the flat to myself. There I was in London, living in this luxurious flat with two huge color television sets and all the food I could possibly eat! I had enough money for whatever I wanted, lots of records, lots of everything. But I was so bored!

I told myself, "Please remember this. If you are ever tempted to think that physical comfort gives happiness, remember this."

But then, another time I was staying in a cave, not my cave but another cave, which was very small. It was so small that you couldn't stand up in it, with a tiny box you could only just sit in, and that was the bed as well.

It was full of fleas, so I was covered in flea bites. You had to go half a mile down a very steep track to bring up water. There was also almost no food at all, and it was hot. But I was in bliss. I was so happy.

It was a very holy place, and the people there were wonderful. Although from a physical point of view the situation was difficult, so what! The mind was happy.

I remember that whole place as being bathed in golden light. Do you see what I mean?" Tenzin Palmo.
May you be safe from inner and outer harm.
May you be free from guilt, shame and hatred.
May you enjoy physical and mental wellbeing.
May you live with the ease of an open heart.
May you be awaken to your true nature which is an inexhaustible source of love, compassion and wisdom. _/\_ Anam Thubten Rinpoche.

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Re: Do you see what I mean?

Postby Beatzen » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:18 pm

I love palmo.
"Cause is not before and Effect is not after"
- Eihei Dogen Zenji

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Re: Do you see what I mean?

Postby Thug4lyfe » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:47 am

I'll volunteer to house site for you next time! I will endure it for you brother!!! :meditate:

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