house envy, plant love and vision quest

I’m praying this post gets Freshly Pressed, this post embodies what it feel like to be truly home! Alice you paint such beautiful vivid imagery, words sweetened with magic, poetry I haven’t experienced in quite some time. Thanks for sharing a slice of paradise, timeless grace, beauty – you brought it all to life for us, I’m so honored! We should all aspire to “keep one foot in each of both kingdoms.” With such delightful vision, I’m sure u’ll manifest the perfect abode for the family, everything necessary is already within you. Blessings♥

Mu, by Maezumi Roshi

Mooo 🙂

Buddhism now

Hotei (布袋), the god of abundance & health, at Kuwata-jinja (桑田神社 the 'Mulberry Field Shrine'). Photo: © @KyotoDailyPhoto In this commentary on the koan Mu, Master Mumon says, ‘Concentrate yourself into mu, making your whole body, with its 360 bones and joints and 84,000 pores, one great question. Day and night, without ceasing, keep digging into it. Do not interpret it as “nothingness” or as “being” or “nonbeing.” It must be like a red-hot iron ball which you have gulped down and which you try to vomit up, but cannot. Cast away all delusive thoughts and feelings which you have cherished up to the present. After a while, your efforts will come to fruition naturally, and inside and out will become one. You will then be like a dumb person who has had a wonderful dream: he knows it within himself but he cannot speak of it. Suddenly mu breaks open and astonishes the heavens and shakes the earth . . . Then, though you may stand on…

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In the Shadow of the Buddha

Buddhism now

For nearly a decade , Matteo Pistono smuggled out of Tibet evidence of atrocities by the Chinese government, showing it to the United States government, human rights organisations, and anyone who would listen. Yet Pistono did not originally intend to fight for social justice in Tibet – he had gone there as a Buddhist pilgrim.

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