Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Quote from The Saviors of God


The Saviors of God: Spiritual Exercises

by Nikos Kazantzakis

Simon and Schuster, New York, New York   © 1960   143 pp.

"We come from a dark abyss, we end in a dark abyss, and we call the luminous interval life. As soon as we are born the return begins, at once the setting forth and the coming back; we die in every moment. Because of this many have cried: The goal of life is death! But as soon as we are born we begin the struggle to create, to compose, to turn matter into life; we are born in every moment. Because of this many have cried out: The goal of ephemeral life is immortality!" (pp. 43-44)

-- quote submitted by Jennifer Knight





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Friday, August 19, 2016

The Long Road Turns to Joy


The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Parallax Press, Berkeley, California    © 2011   112 pp.

This book is the smallest of the small. It really needs to be placed in a little box to prevent it being lost on the bookshelf. It is obvious that The Long Road is meant to fit easily in the back pocket of your jeans during a walk. It will even stick out at the top for retrieval.

Nhat Hanh presents walking meditation as a gentle practice for coming to the present in peace and happiness. He helps us find our home, our answers, our happiness and joy right here. Many arresting words are found throughout these pages. For example, after noting that we and the earth rely upon each other, Nhat Hanh says: "When we practice walking meditation beautifully, we massage the Earth with our feet and plant seeds of joy and happiness with each step. Our Mother will heal us, and we will heal her." He brings us into a sense of the absolute: "You begin to touch the ground of your being, which is the ultimate dimension of reality, and the door of no birth and no death opens."


The book is organized into little, titled, bite-sized pages, each holding a paragraph or two of teaching. Photos of people doing walking meditation are scattered here and there. The first half consists of an introduction and instructions on ways to use the breath. The second half deals with walking in difficult times followed by deeper thoughts on practice, and a closing section of poetry.

I recommend this book to anyone on a spiritual path who wishes brief but deep instruction in a practice of walking. Some of this wisdom will not be obvious, you will have to walk to find it.

-- reviewed by Wesley Lachman

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Quote from Letter to a Priest

Letter to a Priest

by Simone Weil

Penguin Books,  New York, New York       © 1951, 2003    96 pp.


When I read the catechism of the Council of Trent, it seems as though I had nothing in common with the religion there set forth. When I read the New Testament, the mystics, the liturgy, when I watch the celebration of mass, I feel with a sort of conviction that this faith is mine or, to be more precise, would be mine without the distance placed between it and me by my imperfection. This results in a painful spiritual state. I would like to make it, not less painful, only clearer. Any pain whatsoever is acceptable where there is clarity.  (p. 9)

-- submitted by Jennifer Knight


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Quote from Kites

Kites: Magic Wishes That Fly Up to the Sky

by Demi

Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, New York     © 1999      40 pp.


Once upon a time,
and long ago in China,
there lived a painter of holy pictures.
Many people would buy his pictures
and offer them in the temple
to their gods.



-- submitted  by Jennifer Knight


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Franklin Merrell-Wolff Interview, DVD

Here & Now News Service: Franklin Merrell-Wolff

Interview of Franklin Merrell-Wolff

by Joel Morwood

Joel Morwood, distributed by Center for Sacred Sciences, Eugene, Oregon   © 1983 & 2005  (65 min.)


Readers of Naked Through the Gate know that during the final months of Joel's path, he took to the road, visiting spiritual communities and teachers to record the video magazine, The Here and Now News Service.




Meeting Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Joel recognized he was "someone special" and dropped the 15-minute Here and Now format for a longer interview.  Today, Joel says of this recording, "I didn't know the right questions to ask Dr. Wolff. I wish I'd thought to re-do this video after my awakening."  The film also has some spots of snow, and segments of hand-held camera work.  Even so, it's a fascinating document for those familiar with Dr. Wolff's work, or are interested in the formation of Joel's teachings.

CONTENTS:  Joel and Ed hike to the Ashrama to film and talk about the building and its majestic setting.  (approx. 15 min.)  With student Dianne Harrison, Joel interviews Franklin Merrell-Wolff, touching on the following topics:  The transition called death, approaching death consciously, Dr. Wolff's realization of August 7, 1936 and its relationship to death; Induction, Introceptualism, the mystical unity of religious traditions, the Quan Yin (or Bodhisattva) Vow, and the first steps a student can take on the path. (approx. 50 min.)

Outtakes: some headshots of Joel and Dianne, and informal discussion with Dr. Wolff while he is off-camera.  The Quan Yin Vow as recommended by Franklin Merrell-Wolff:

QUAN YIN VOW:
Never shall I seek nor receive
Private individual Salvation
Never shall I enter the final Peace alone;
But forever and everywhere shall I
Live and strive for the Redemption
Of every creature throughout the world.


-- submitted by Jennifer Knight

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Quote from Meeting in Truth DVD

Meeting in Truth: August 21, 2004 part 1 [video recording]

by Isaac Shapiro

Meeting in Truth with isaacshapiro.de    © 2004    110 min.


"All we have is the sensory experience of this moment, NOW. This moment is only an experience to us. That’s all we have. The world, time, space, our own bodies and each other are all an experience to us."



"Through noticing how our cells respond in the experience of now, there is a noticing of the production of not only the sense of reality but also the sense of self that we believe we have." 


-- submitted by Jennifer Knight

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Quote from Lailah's Lunchbox

Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

by Reem Faruqi with illustrations by Lea Lyon

Tilbury House Publishers, Thomaston, Maine     © 2015     32 pp.


"We won't be needing 
this for a while," said Lailah's

mother, hanging up Lailah's
lunchbox.

"Imagine! I won't be eating
lunch for a month!" replied
Lailah with a twirl.

"I won't have to pack lunch
for a month!" said her mom
with a bigger twirl.

The year before,
Lailah had wanted to fast
with her best friends Hend
and Ishrat during Ramadan,
but Lailah's mom had
insisted she was too small.

Remembering that Lailah
stopped twirling.

She missed her friends.


-- submitted by Jennifer Knight


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