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  1. Agreed. However, we do spend much time dancing around the unknowable mystery.
  2. LOL. This cracks me up. We, in our constant stream of metaphysical discussion, have to be among the most cognitive on the planet. Shall we have a group purification of obscurative cognition?
  3. I think this is truly enlightening. What it says to me is to find the real self underlying the egoic false self. The real self has no emotions, just dwells in a state of awareness or consciousness. The egoic false self is a result of all the conditioning we have undergone since birth, or as one wise one would say 'before our parents teach us our name'. Our human nature cannot escape a degree of emotion, as that is our condition. To awaken is to realize that's not our real self. It's not to walk around dead-brained, but to realize the reality underlying the emotions. Who and what we really are, not the separate egos as manifested through the lens of different experiences and conditionings.
  4. When it comes to 'loving kindness' is, who really knows what's good for the next person anyway? What may seem like loving kindness may be a real example of enabling the other person to remain disabled in some way that they alone can fix. All is seemingly good or seemingly bad, if one chooses to look at it with dual eyes. As said above: 'Loving kindness is the automatic function of Awareness". Perfect.
  5. I don't doubt that this is true. But the other side of the coin is that the person for whose welfare one is working for also abides with The Essence within, and is drawing to himself exactly what he needs at the moment. Going around and looking for good deeds to do seems like a bit of striving, to me, not a naturalness. I sincerely don't know. All I know is I do what's in front of me. If that means giving a $20 to a homeless man on the street, that's what I do. Personally, I think the heart has the answers when the situation arises. No doubt Buddha would be scolding me at this very moment.....
  6. A very powerful statue of Dudjom Lingpa, and one can sense (and see) that many hands have touched it in reverence. Quoting from the article: In doing so, it reclaims a purity from which we have never strayed and uncovers our own primordial great perfection—a perfection that will, in T.S. Eliot’s words, “fructify in the lives of others.” 'Fructify in the lives of others" Could this be construed to mean not only as a pebble sending ripples out infinitely, and also elevating the consciousness of others in proximity? Seems like it could be either horizontal or vertical.
  7. CT - In case nobody has done this before, I want to thank you for the time you take to find the beautiful gems of wisdom and post them here. Because of this longstanding endeavor, you are raising the collective consciousness of humanity. Thank you, my friend. Much of my piecemeal understanding has merged and gelled within this thread. Truths are self-evident to those who can feel the resonance within. Barbara
  8. Excellent quote! I was practicing that very thing today standing in a long line at the market. Everything is a practice. I have been paying particular attention to the beauty of the Florida skies in the early morning and evening, and the trees with the Spanish moss. I am mindful that that very beauty and grace is the real Me. The real Us.
  9. Grief; Coping with the death of a spouse

    That sure feels true.
  10. Grief; Coping with the death of a spouse

    After the four month mark and I get through most days without crying at all. There is still a constant 'ache' around the area of my heart that never leaves me. Just an awareness that something is missing. Did that silly animal see his shadow or not? Funny - it's like the movie Groundhog Day. It's like every day is just the same as the last.
  11. Grief; Coping with the death of a spouse

    Because I've never cried at this length and depth before, I never fully appreciated how incredibly healing it is. It's almost a bliss when the tension, both physical and emotional, has been released.
  12. I see a parallel. The Dao that can be spoken of is not the true Dao.
  13. Brilliant prose, if you ask me. That last paragraph. The choices seem to be either ending one's life or transcendence through understanding. That depth of grief is a huge nudge.
  14. Thank you, CT. It's been a tough four months. the Grief thread was the best I could do, and it has helped immensely. I can see some light. Love you.
  15. I think it's also a case of making no judgments, as there is no good or evil - there is just an is-ness about it. But I do think that until we reach the place of the masters, where we dwell in the Supreme Consciousness, we need to remove our defects in order to reach that type of clarity, and one of the ways of doing so would be either forgiveness of someone who has 'seemingly' harmed us (although in the Supreme Consciousness this doesn't apply) or alternatively make amends to those we have harmed. IMO, this is part of the journey to that Supreme Consciousness. P.S. Please forgive me for stupidly using the word 'dogmatic' when referring to Buddhism - I was thinking more of one of the several Traditions of Buddhism, and I just hastily wrote it wrong. Dogmatic doesn't apply at all when the journey is experiential. My bad. Also, I just finished studying the Siva Sutras, the Yoga of Supreme Identity - Wow! Hence my mention of Supreme Consciousness - which may not be a Buddhist term at all, but seems to fit right in to what is spoken of here and reaches the same destination. The Siva Sutras seem to be categorized as Kashmir Shaivism - but it sure sounds like Buddhist masters to me.