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vertical line Posted on Feb.21.2007 @ 07:22PM EDT by shayne
when sitting and say counting your breaths and your attention is directed at this ive noticed the awareness of the five senses. this awarenesss is differant from the awareness of the attention. it more or less includes all of reality in one manifestation. this awareness surely is the buddha nature for in it is no time, no rushing, and no duality
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.21.2007
07:30PM EDT 
vertical line How can I count if I haven't  any time? A simple "yes or no" won't do, ality... unless I say, "so".  And I left out the, "is that" part, in an effort not to waste that... um, I can't remember... Soap?
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Reply from shayne
Feb.21.2007
07:32PM EDT 
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vertical line ok........that made no sense whatsoever.
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.21.2007
07:36PM EDT 
vertical line Congratulations, it a duality.
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Reply from shayne
Feb.21.2007
07:40PM EDT 
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vertical line whatever.
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.21.2007
08:30PM EDT 
vertical line So how was your day shayne?
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.21.2007
10:57PM EDT 
vertical line Ok, I'm an ass, sorry.
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Reply from free1500
Feb.22.2007
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"this awareness surely is the buddha nature"

Now after this killed you will be getting somewhere.

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Feb.22.2007
06:33AM EDT 
vertical line Is there a thin place between silence and speaking?
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Feb.22.2007
06:48AM EDT 
vertical line It's as the language of rain when it has just stopped raining in the orchard and the water is being drawn up from the ground by the trees and a steady plip plop drips off the leaves.
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.22.2007
07:43AM EDT 
vertical line I'm somewhere, between  darkness and light.
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Reply from Lynnoh
Feb.22.2007
10:28AM EDT 
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Quote: "I'm somewhere, between  darkness and light. "
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how do you know this?

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Reply from Lynnoh
Feb.22.2007
10:35AM EDT 
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.22.2007
10:37AM EDT 
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Quote: "I'm somewhere, between  darkness and light. "
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how do you know this?

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The snow is white,

the dog is black,

I am somewhere between the dog and the snow, on skis... looking down, looking up, looking in, looking out, looking forward, looking back. Between us, what we have in common, is looking out for each other. Plus, I wrote it in a song, just a verse between silence and sound.
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Reply from Lynnoh
Feb.22.2007
10:45AM EDT 
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vertical line I'm sorry Woodsman... Im sad right now... I cannot seem to grasp things  enough to understand them...but then the tears stop... like somewhere some did gassho and I knew it, not by any means but yet my tears stopped
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Feb.22.2007
10:48AM EDT 
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vertical line seems sorta silly sorta for an idea like me to want consoling
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Feb.22.2007
10:49AM EDT 
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vertical line but then again, why not?
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Feb.22.2007
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vertical line blue light
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Reply from amylim
Feb.22.2007
11:34AM EDT 
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vertical line There is no need to count. You are aware of each breath you take.Whether it is long, short, deep or shallow. You stay with each breath and remain mindful of each intake and each exhalation. Let nature take it course and you will definitely become aware and mindful. Buddha nature is there.
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Reply from Lynnoh
Feb.22.2007
11:59AM EDT 
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.22.2007
12:46PM EDT 
vertical line icy snow
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Feb.22.2007
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countless lights

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Feb.22.2007
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vertical line endless
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Feb.22.2007
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vertical line you are so beautiful
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Reply from Lynnoh
Feb.22.2007
12:56PM EDT 
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oops... got carried away... :)

tired I go to rest... maybe eat something...

good day

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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.22.2007
12:58PM EDT 
vertical line ok, so much for snow fun, back to the bird paintings
I was thinking up a picture of a large smooth dark stone set  in the middle of a deep blue lake, with a beautiful green mermaid sitting on it, with a tree growing from the stone... either way,  all reaching up to a frosty blue heaven above
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Reply from Lynnoh
Feb.22.2007
01:00PM EDT 
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hahahaha....

I do have to go now

wonderful Woodsman  :)

heehaw!?

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Reply from shayne
Feb.22.2007
07:55PM EDT 
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vertical line shaynes day went decent. how about yours woodsy?
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Reply from 77 zen ror
Feb.22.2007
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To see all things with the eyes of compassion for the first time. Thank you for your topic   RORY

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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.22.2007
09:12PM EDT 
vertical line I had two tries and failed to go very far on my ski with dog today, another day off... but by the third attempt I had the spirit to conquer any conditions, and still be safe about it. It was so icy, so I used the poles to push myself about a mile, went half way up a hill and used the poles to slow me down. So it was a pole ski.

And did have some pretty vivid dreams last night. Pretty boring ones really, just me, in the dreams, and objects... I stole a van in my dream, but it was my dream, so I borrowed it, and brought it back.

Such a wind today. But I had to get out in it. I love being outside. Chopped a bunch more wood, though I really didn't need it. And picked a bunch of white pine cones up on a walk in the woods, was easier walking than skiing. I just love pine cones outside, or inside where I brought them back.
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Reply from bodhi_zen
Feb.23.2007
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just get ur awareness beyond ur skin. just feel that u r not this body and wait for a moment to be aware of ur 'self'. watch it. be aware all the time. is there duality?

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Reply from Lynnoh
Feb.23.2007
11:37AM EDT 
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there is a self in the frontroom with a chawan full of pine cones picked up and given by the grandaughter... noticing them...

this morning while drinking a cup of water for my pills ... who is drinking... the water is drinking...but.... what for?

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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.23.2007
12:34PM EDT 
vertical line On the walk today, couldn't ski too icy (but may still later), found pine cones still attached to their spruce green needled branches, then I looked up at the long line of trees along the way, and thought two things, although I only had one in my hand walking home with it and the dog, one was... " how different the pine cone is from the branch, but they are still firmly attached to each other in the same way ", and two, "Maybe I could find a better one." For the first thought I felt whole inside, and happily blessed. And for the second thought I just kept what had been given to me, not needing anything better than what I had picked up already.
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Reply from Lynnoh
Feb.23.2007
02:46PM EDT 
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vertical line the trees down the road feel alive...or something I quiet cannot discribe...like if to see the tree is to feel the tree...it felt good and nice... along the road was a big dog with a noticeable collar, orange?...not in the fence...and i worried it might get hit
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Reply from 77 zen ror
Feb.23.2007
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How loving to read all this. Keep this topic going. It;s a heart that got tough. RORY

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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.23.2007
09:10PM EDT 
vertical line So I started to fix things today, and ended up in the bathroom. Don't ask me why I was in there, but found something needing fixing, so I made a small fix, then got started with this big fix, that took all my time this afternoon. I was fixing a cupboard door, which was warped, so I tried to reframe it with salvaged wood  I got from and old cabinet I picked up out of the garbage. Yes, I do salvage, if I see wood being thrown out, I can't help but pick it out.  It's like an addiction, even if I am tired, I still stop to pick. Anyway, I ended up almost entirely rebuilding the cabinet. And I was supposed to be working on something fun this afternoon.

Now I lost my point...

Oh yeah, as I was working back and forth from the garage to house, I had this idea that all things could be done this way... all things, done equally well. Every act can be done with the full intent of making it right again. That's all. Oh, I cleaned off the front deck. And the dog ran off to the neighbors, so I had to go get him across the icy snow in my clogs, so my feet got cold icy wet, the dog was all dry though, but confused, he'd never done that before. I thought... the whole day has been like this... this was "one of those days". But one of those days lends itself to all the other days when I get what I don't intend to, and work with it anyway.
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Reply from free1500
Feb.25.2007
03:41PM EDT 
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Quote: "you are so beautiful"
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Thankyou

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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.25.2007
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vertical line you're welcome
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.26.2007
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vertical line beautiful welcomes ugliness as a comparative self loathing of altar images.

We assume to adore what we cannot see.
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Reply from lehish
Feb.26.2007
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Feb.26.2007
01:49PM EDT 
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Reply from Lynnoh
Feb.26.2007
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bright light

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Feb.26.2007
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.26.2007
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vertical line peace shines as doves love
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Feb.26.2007
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vertical line doves... I knew of this before?
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Reply from Woodsman
Feb.26.2007
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vertical line Whatever is loved, is before you.
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Reply from 77 zen ror
Feb.26.2007
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vertical line Look no further then your hreat for your ture love, Ture self, You all put good in to all what you do. you are pure with your words, & fellings go with it love RORY
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Feb.26.2007
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Feb.27.2007
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vertical line Ahhh... howdy.
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Feb.27.2007
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Quote: "Look no further then your hreat for your ture love, Ture self, You all put good in to all what you do. you are pure with your words, & fellings go with it love RORY"
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Finally someone on the board who is dyslexic as I am. MU

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