Right here with us

“So you see, all the qualities of enlightenment are right here with us. We don’t need to look anywhere outside of the present moment.”

~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, a scholar and true yogi of the Great Perfection as told to Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Eternity

Eternity isn’t some later time.

Eternity isn’t even a long time.

Eternity has nothing to do with time.

Eternity is that dimension of here and now that all thinking in temporal times cuts off.

And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere…the experience of eternity right here and now, in all things, whether thought of as good or as evil, is the function of life.

This is it.

~ Joseph Campell

Taking Responsibility for our Actions

Surely one of the main problems we face, as a species and as a planet, is that we are lying in our own excrement. All the waste products produced by our consumption, from garbage and debris to chemical toxins and exotic poisons, are oozing out of us and soiling the environment we inhabit. And what the Buddha says about everything else surely applies here: Nothing happens without a cause. Things are the way they are not because of chance or the will of a deity but because people have acted in particular ways and generated particular consequences. The world we inhabit is the product of our actions, which are themselves reflections of our minds….

If we do not care for one another, who else will care for us? Who among us has the right to say of another, “He is of no use to us?” For better or worse, whether we like it or not, we are all in this together. Learning how to care for one another is a central part of the path and of the practice.

– Andrew Olendzki, “Medicine for the World”  Tricycle article