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2013

December 29, 2013

Porque la vida es un milagro en cada una de sus manifestaciones, y a veces parece abrumador cuando mi mente aún no lo puede comprender, sólo se maravilla, y se entristece sin saber por qué. Cuando se siente vunerable porque todo es maravilloso, pero duele, porque no todos lo ven, porque no actuamos en consecuencia, porque tenemos miedo, porque estamos ciegos.

Porque quiero estar sola, pero se que no lo estoy, porque seguramente habría alguien si le llamara, pero no quiero llamar.

Porque sigo atrapada en las incongruencias de la vida. Reconocer las cadenas como cadenas, obvio para el que ve, pero un logro para el ciego, para el dormido.

Escucho las campanas que llaman a lo lejos, empiezo a entender su mensaje, la carga es un poco más ligera, pero más obvia.

“Cada momento, cada ser, es único y precioso”

La muerte nos enseña a amar.

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Ego

September 4, 2013

Todo el sufrimiento de mi vida se concentra en este ego, que provoca un miedo irracional, tiene miedo de ser menos, cuando no es. Tiene miedo de estar solo, cuando no está. Tiene miedo y hace daño. Le tiene miedo a los monstruos que se inventa, se rodea de cadenas imaginarias. Mi ego se clava una daga en el pecho constantemente, cree que así puede aprender, cree que así puede arreglar. Mi ego tiene miedo a que lo cuestionen, no quiere saber si ha fallado. Mi ego busca afuera para llenarse de algo, tiene sed en medio del lago, tiene frio bajo la luz del sol, se siente solo imaginando límites. Mi ego dibuja una cárcel en el piso, decide no salir de ahí.

 

Pequeño ego que se cree importante, pequeño ego que no ha podido crecer, que sigue siendo tan infantil. Pequeño ego, es hora de descansar. Ya no me sirves, ya no quiero tu dolor, ya no quiero que lastimes a otros.

 

Pequeño ego, ve a dormir, descansa, cierra los ojos, los oidos, la boca, la piel, los recuerdos. Detén ese tren incansable en que te has convertido. Es hora de dormir, es hora de soltar. No te preocupes, tu existencia es no existencia, tu dormir es despertar.

 

No temas más, tu huir es el miedo, no temas, no huyas. ¿Puedes tocar las barreras? ¿Puedes tocar las cadenas? No. No son más que humo; estira los brazos, estira las piernas, nada los detiene. Da vueltas, disipa la neblina. El suelo se pierde, pero no caes, no hay arriba, no hay abajo. Espacio infinito. Luz. Paz. Amor.

Pain

July 20, 2013

If I could feel all the pain in the world,

if I could understand the pain in the world.

 

I could make you laugh,

I could make you happy.

 

At least for one moment.

 

The pain in you, the pain in me,

it’s the same, all the pain in the world.

 

Maybe I want to heal you

to heal myself.

 

To heal you healing me.

How I understand the pain in the world.

 

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“Un Dialogo interreligioso”

January 17, 2013
El Ajivika comparte: “Un Dialogo interreligioso”
Un cristiano me dijo: ¿Por qué no crees en Jesucristo”
El Ajivika: No creo en él porque lo estoy liberando.
El cristiano !¿Cómo es eso!?
El Ajivika: Me paro enfrente de él, le quito los clavos, le curo sus heridas y le digo; Venerable, esa cruz que haz cargado y a la que haz sido clavado, ¡No me pertenece, ni a Tì.! Eres libre, no tienes que llevar pecados ni salvarme de mis faltas. De ellas me encargo Yo, de mis acciones y consecuencias me hago responsable.
“Un ateo me dijo: El budismo libera al hombre de Dios”
El Ajivika respondió: ¡Al contrario el budismo libera a Dios de los reclamos, de los caprichos de los hombres!

Morir a cada instante.

October 23, 2012

Soy un momento en el tiempo y el espacio,

un momento en constante cambio.

De las estrellas al océano.

Nada en mi es eterno

Todo en mi es eterno.

 

Del fuego a la tierra,

de la tierra al agua,

del agua al aire,

del aire a la conciencia.

 

Soy un momento en el tiempo y el espacio

un instante que no se puede agarrar.

Solo lo contemplo, lo admiro, lo dejo ir.

Hay otro momento que se acerca,

necesita tiempo y espacio,

energía libre y pura.

 

Morir a cada instante,

reinventarme, bienvenir, despedir.

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You are here – Thich Nhat Hanh

September 6, 2011

Do not fight against pain: do not fight against irritation or jelousy. Embrace them with great tenderness as though you were embracing a little baby. Your anger is yourself, and you should not be violent toward it. The same thing goes for all your emotions.

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If you feel irritation or depression or despair, recognize their presence and practice this mantra: “Dear one, I am here for you”. You should talk to your depression or your anger just as you would talk to a child. You embrace it tenderly with energy of mindfullness and say: “Dear one, I know you are here and I am going to take care of you.” There is no discrimination or dualism here, because compassion and love are you, but anger is too. Al three are organic in nature, so you don’t need to be afraid. You can transform them.

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You are here for life: and if you are here for life, life will be here for you. It’s simple.

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Your plactice consist in generating compassion and understanding and brining them into hell. Hell is here, all around us. Hell is in us, like a seed. We need to cultivate the positive within us so we can generate the energy of understanding and compassion and transform hell. The choice is yours.

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What is loving? It is recognizing the presence of the other with your love. This is not a theory, it is a practice. Whether the object of your love is your heart, your in-breath, your physical body or your baby, wether it is your so, your daughter or your partner, your declaration of love is always the same. It is: “Dear one, I am here for you.”

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I have arrived, I am home,

in the here and in the now.

I am solid, I am free,

in the ultimate I dwell.

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In; out.

Deep; slow.

Calm; ease.

Smile; release.

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I am becoming calm,

I am letting go.

Having let go, victory is mine.

I smile.

I am free.

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The piece of paper I am holding in my hand  is something that exists right now. Can we establish a time and place of birth for this paper? This is very difficult to establish, impossible actually, because before it manifested as a piece of paper, it was already here in the form of a tree, of the sun, of a cloud. Without the sun, without the rain, the trees would not have lived, and there would have been no piece of paper. When I tough this piece of paper, I also touch the clouds. There is a cloud floating in this piece of paper. You do not have to be a poet to see it. If I were able to separate the cloud from the piece of paper, the paper would not exist any more.

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When the french scientist Antoine Lavoisier said, “Nothing is created and nothing is lost”, he was saying exactly the same thing. The concept of death is that being turns into nonbeing. That is impossible, Can somebody become nobody? No. If we burn the piece of paper, we cannot reduce it to nothing. The paper will turn into heat, which will go into the cosmos, and turn into smoke, which will join the clouds in the sky. Tomorrow a drop of rain will fall on your forehead, and you will make contact with the piece of paper. The ashes produced by the burning will rejoin the earth, and one day they will manifest as a daisies. Do you have enough mindfullness to recognize the piece of paper in those daisies?

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We should not trust our perceptions too much – that is something the Buddha taught, “Are you sure of your perceptions? he asked us. I urge you to write this phrase down on a card and put it up in the wall of your room: “Are you sure of your perceptions? ”

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Most of your perceptions, the Buddha said, are false. You have made mistakes; the other person has also made mistakes; and you need each other to let go of your false perceptions. Suffering and pain are born from wrong perceptions. Some people carry wrong perceptions with them to their deaths, and that causes a lot of suffering and misfortune.

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You will not have to defend Buddhism; you will not have to die for Buddhism. Buddhism has no need for martyrs. The Dharma is offered to you as a tool, not as an object of worship.

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Don’t wait to start living. Live now! Your life should be real this very moment. You can live very moment of every day deeply, in touch with the wonders of life. Then you will learn to live, and, at the same time, learn to die. A person who does not know how to die does not know how to live, and vice versa.

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This body is not me, I am not caught in this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I shall never die.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations of my wondrous true mind.

Since before time, I have been free.

Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds i our journey.

Birth and death are just a game of hide and seek.

So laugh with me,

hold my hand,

let us say goodbye,

say goodbye, to meet again soon.

We meet today.

We will meet again tomorrow.

We will meet at the source at every moment.

We meet each other in all forms of life.

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We are in the habit of identifying ourselves with  our bodies. The idea that we are this body is deeply entrenched in us. But we are not just this body; we are much more than that. We are life, and life is far vaster than this body, this concept, this mind.

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We are not prisoners of our senses. We are not prisoners of our bodies of our minds. The disintegration of the body is not the end. It is only the cessation of a manifestation. When conditions are not longer sufficient the manifestation ceases. To light a fire, you need fuel, and as soon as there is no more fuel, the fire goes out. The same is true of the body and mind. Conditions must be sufficient for the manifestation to continue. If not, it will cease and then manifest again in the future.

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When the body or the mind manifests, we say that it exists,but that is not correct. When a thing has not yet manifested, we say that it does not exist, but that is not correct either. The ideas of being and nonbeing have to be rejected. These notions do not apply to reality. When conditions come together your body or your mind manifests.

YOU ARE HERE – THICH NHAT HANH

 

“The Barometer Story” by Alexander Calandra

July 25, 2011

Some time ago I received a call from a colleague who asked if I would be the referee on the grading of an examination question. He was about to give a student a zero for his answer to a physics question, while the student claimed he should receive a perfect score and would if the system were not set up against the student. The instructor and the student agreed to submit this to an impartial arbiter, and I was selected.

I went to my colleague’s office and read the examination question, “Show how it is possible to determine the height of a tall building with the aid of a barometer.”

The student had answered, “Take a barometer to the top of the building, attach a long rope to it, lower the barometer to the street and then bring it up, measuring the length of the rope. The length of the rope is the height of the building.”

I pointed out that the student really had a strong case for full credit since he had answered the question completely and correctly. On the other hand, if full credit was given, it could well contribute to a high grade for the student in his physics course. A high grade is supposed to certify competence in physics, but the answer did not confirm this. I suggested that the student have another try at answering the question. I was not surprised that my colleague agreed, but I was surprised that the student did.

I gave the student six minutes to answer the question with the warning that the answer should show some knowledge of physics. At the end of five minutes, he had not written anything. I asked if he wished to give up, but he said no. He had many answers to this problem; he was just thinking of the best one. I excused myself for interrupting him and asked him to please go on. In the next minute he dashed off his answer which read, “Take the barometer to the top of the building and lean over the edge of the roof. Drop that barometer, timing its fall with a stopwatch. Then using the formula S = ½at², calculate the height of the building.”

At this point I asked my colleague if he would give up. He conceded, and I gave the student almost full credit.

In leaving my colleague’s office, I recalled that the student had said he had many other answers to the problem, so I asked him what they were. “Oh yes,” said the student. “There are a great many ways of getting the height of a tall building with a barometer. For example, you could take the barometer out on a sunny day and measure the height of the barometer and the length of its shadow, and the length of the shadow of the building and by the use of a simple proportion, determine the height of the building.”

“Fine,” I asked. “And the others?”

“Yes,” said the student.” There is a very basic measurement method that you will like. In this method you take the barometer and begin to walk up the stairs. As you climb the stairs, you mark off the length of the barometer along the wall. You then count the number of marks, and this will give you the height of the building in barometer units. A very direct method.”

“Of course, if you want a more sophisticated method, you can tie the barometer to the end of a string, swing it as a pendulum, and determine the value of ‘g’ at the street level and at the top of the building. From the difference of the two values of ‘g’ the height of the building can be calculated.”

Finally, he concluded, there are many other ways of solving the problem. “Probably the best,” he said, “is to take the barometer to the basement and knock on the superintendent’s door. When the superintendent answers, you speak to him as follows, ‘Mr. Superintendent, here I have a fine barometer. If you tell me the height of this building, I will give you this barometer.'”

At this point I asked the student if he really did know the conventional answer to this question. He admitted that he did, said that he was fed up with high school and college instructors trying to teach him how to think, using the “scientific method”…

Alexander Calandra. Current Science. XLIV, 14, 49.

http://philosophy.lander.edu/intro/introbook2.1/x874.html

Bodhicaryãvatãra (El camino de la iluminación)

June 23, 2011

Primero acogeré con diligencia la contemplación de que todas las criaturas son iguales. Todos sufren las mismas penas, las mismas alegrías que yo y debo protegerlos como me protejo a mi. El cuerpo conformado de múltiples partes divididas en sus miembros, deberá ser preservada como un todo; así también el Universo en sus muchos elementos comparte sus penas y alegrías… debo mostrar compasión hacia los otros pues son criaturas como yo soy; así como de la mala reputación yo me cuidaría, así habré de imprimir un espíritu de amabilidad y de cariño hacia los otros.

… Dejaré de vivir como si yo mismo fuera todo y tomaré a las demás criaturas como tomo a mi ser. Amamos nuestras propias manos y otros miembros corporales así que ¿por qué no amar a otros seres vivos como otras partes que forman el Universo?… Entonces así como ustedes se resguardan del sufrimiento y de las penas, así ejerciten el espíritu de amor y sensibilidad hacia e mundo.

Sãntideva

2010

December 26, 2010

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
Oscar Wilde

 

Both tragedies happened to me this year, I got things that I wanted and didn’t get others. Both ended up in mental tragedies. The worst thing is that I’m not happy for the good things in my life, all because of those other things I don’t/do have. I’m making myself miserable for nothing, that’s right, the things I don’t/do have are nothing, and yet I keep longing them.

 

The truth is, I’m basing my happiness on these “achievements”. This is wrong. All material stuff is expendable, titles don’t define you, people walk in and out of your life all the time.

 

You have what you are.

John Steinbeck

 

Time to break old codes, time to get rid of ghosts, time to understand that it doesn’t matter, that anxiety and despair are useless, destructive. So now I walk this new path, where there’s unity, love, friendship and there will be happiness throwing away all these useless baggage and cultivating the important things. It wont be easy, but I’m sure I’m not alone and it’s all worth it.

 

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

Buddha

 


Is the fire almost out?

October 10, 2010

“To take care of the environment, we must first take care of the environmentalist.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thich Nhat Hanh had been speaking in the auditorium of a wealthy Christian Church in St. Louis. As always he emphasized the need for the U.S. to stop bombing and killing in his country (Vietnam).  There have been many questions and answers when a large man stood up and spoke with searing scorn of the “supposed compassion” of “this Mr Hanh.”

“If you care so much about your people, Mr Hanh, why are you here? If you care so much for the people who are wounded, why don’t you spend your time with them?” At this point my recollection of his words is replaced by the memory of intense anger which overwhelmed me.

When the man finished I looked to Thich Nhat Hanh in bewilderment. What could he – or anyone – say? The spirit of the Vietnam was itself had suddenly filled the room, and it seemed hard to breath.

There was a silence. Then Thich Nhat Hanh began to speak – quietly, with deep calm, indeed with a sense of personal caring for the man who had just damned him. The words seemed like rain on fire. “If you want the tree to grow,” he said, “it won’t help to water the leaves. You have to water the roots. Many of the roots of the war are here in your country. To help the people who are to be bombed, to try to protect them from this suffering, I have to come here”

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I may not be watering my roots if I don’t even know where they are…

How am I going to do this if I’m not happy about it? How am I going to take care of the environment if I’m not  taking care of myself?