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  •  Currently I'm reading (8+ / 0-)

    The Heart of the World by Ian Baker. It is an account of both his outer and inner journey to Tibet's Hidden Realm Beyul Pemako. Baker travels into the unmapped territory of the Tsangpo River Gorge and finally discovers the large waterfall that mappers and explorers suspected must exist due to the precipitous drop in elevation in the Tsangpo River through the gorge.

    In it I ran across these two verses by Milarepa:

    The nature of the Mind is Emptiness and Luminosity
    ...Inseparably conjoined
    ...Spontaneously merging with that original state,
    ...I am indifferent to the experiences of good and bad.
    ...With mind free and effortless, I rest in happiness and joy.

    Where subject and object are realized as a single sphere
    ...Happiness and sorrow mingle as one,
    ...Whatever circumstances I encounter,
    ...I am free in the blissful realm of self-awakening Wisdom

    These are especially meaningful to me as I've been learning lessons about duality and polarity, and how closely related good/bad, right/wrong, light/dark and so on, actually are.

    This is an especially rich topic in regards to politics, because ideologies are only ideas, after all. It seems to me it is when we get attached to our ideologies and our righteousness we are hindered from moving forward and creating new ways of dealing with constantly shifting reality.

    Sorry, I do go on. I enjoyed reading your post, thanks for providing me a place to ramble. :-)

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

    by Ooooh on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 08:50:48 AM PST

    •  That's what this space is for, comments ... (5+ / 0-)

      ... and observations like the one you've posted.  And I like the quote you've shared.  And yes to your note that "when we get attached .. we are hindered".  I think it useful when reading some of the things we find in the world of partisan politics, that from time to time we look up and away from the computer screen and return to, as described in your quote, that realm of Self-Awakening.

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      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 09:13:47 AM PST

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      •  With regards to looking up and away (4+ / 0-)

        from the computer screen at times I agree; and I think, as humans we would suffer a lot less, both collectively and personally, if we were more willing to look at ourselves and root out our own rigidity.

        Sometimes I get discouraged. I agree with you that progressives share many core ideas that agree with universal responsibilty, and yet I also see many people on the left with the same kind of rigidity that appears on the right. So from my admittedly skewed perspective, it isn't just ideology that is the problem but also self righteous attachment to ideology.

        But having said that, I also recognize in today's political reality there is a pronounced lack of compassion and awareness on one side of the political spectrum.

        Peace.

        There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

        by Ooooh on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 10:15:51 AM PST

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