One Auspicious Night.

Let not a person revive the past
Or on the future build her hopes
For the past has been left behind
and the future has not been reached.
Instead with insight let her see
Each presently arisen state,
Let her know that & be sure of it,
Invincibly & unshakeably.
Today the effort must be made:
Tomorrow death may come, who knows?
No bargain with Mortality.
Can keep him & his hordes away.
But one who dwells thus ardently,
Relentlessly, by day & night –
It is she – the Peaceful Sage has said,
Who has had a single excellent night.
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~ MN 131~ Bhaddekaratta Sutta.
Middle Length Discourse of the Buddha
One Auspicious Night Discourse
Tweaked Bhikkhu Bodhi translation.
Wisdom Publications 1995
Boston, USA
Page 1039.
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The barn burnt down…along the roadside…blossoming wild roses…

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by Mizuta Masahide
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by Bashō

Plotinus on sculpting the self.

In Enneads I 6, 9, Plotinus writes,

Go back inside yourself and look: if you do not yet see yourself as beautiful [i.e., as participating in the Idea of Beauty], then do as the sculptor does with a statue he wants to make beautiful; he chisels away one part, and levels off another, makes one spot smooth and another clear, until he shows forth a beautiful face on the statue. Like him, remove what is superfluous, straighten what is crooked, clean up what is dark and make it bright, and never stop sculpting your own statue, until the godlike splendor of virtue shines forth to you…. If you have become this, and seen it, and become pure and alone with yourself, with nothing now preventing you from becoming one in this way, and have nothing extraneous mixed with your self… if you see that this is what you have become, then you have become a vision.

A Love Supreme

This is the first jazz album I ever listened to at the age of 18 – and what a formative moment it was! Respect to Trane my main man for sharing your spiritual truth. Play on.

The Peace of Wild Things.

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Peace & Good will to all life. Wishing you all healthy, happy & fruitful transitions into 2017 & beyond.

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spirituality to me.

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