19 June 2015

the world is in need

mjd. 2015 present moment offering bowl

our world is in need
of peace
of love
& kindness.

while it may be beyond 
our abilities
to stop acts of evil and violence,
we need not participate in
or empower them. 

in each moment
you have a choice
(we all do).

you choose your thoughts
your words
your actions.

learn to know yourself.
be vigilant.

use your moments
to nurture the world
and its inhabitants.

we create the climate
of our planet. 

15 June 2015


mjd - 2015 compass point

a way to align
the voice
and gut
to truth. 

when working in concert,
our actions
thoughts and words
can be powerful,
life changing even.

when working in concert
with truth
and compassion,
our actions
thoughts and words
can be powerful,
life changing
but also do no harm.

it is worth the effort
to gain self-knowledge.
in so many ways,
we touch so many. 

30 May 2015

you are home

his holiness the dalai lama and desmond tutu

in love - 
are you not always home?

when i saw this image this morning my heart filled near to bursting. the tenderness and love here (and, yes, joy) are palpable. 

i then read an article about the 4 great bodhisattva vows. there are interpretations based upon tradition - zen, mahayana, etc. and i found thich nhat hanh's to be a beautiful piece of writing (as always).

however innumerable beings are, i vow to meet them with kindness and interest.
however inexhaustible the states of suffering are, i vow to touch them with patience and love.
however immeasurable the dharmas are, i vow to explore them deeply.
however incomparable the mystery of interbeing, i vow to surrender to it freely.

mjd 2015 portable offering bowl 

there is no where else
to go.
there is no one else
to be. 
you are home. 

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