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Nicholas Roerich. Drops of Life. 1924. Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117.5cm.

"When you dwell contemplating the body in the body, earnestly, clearly
comprehending, and mindfully, after having overcome desire and sorrow in
regard to the world; when you dwell contemplating feelings in feelings, the
mind in the mind, and mental objects in mental objects, earnestly, clearly
comprehending, and mindfully, after having overcome desire and sorrow in
regard to the world, then, truly, you are an island unto yourself, a refuge unto
yourself, seeking no external refuge; having the Dhamma as your island, the
Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge."
From Last Days of the Buddha: The Maha-parinibbana Sutta (revised edition), translated from the Pali by Sister Vajira
& Francis Story (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 Buddist Publication Society.
"This birth and death is the life of the buddha. If you try to exclude it, you will
lose the life of buddha. If you cling to it, trying to remain in it, you will also lose
the life of buddha and what remains will be the mere form of buddha. Only when
you don't dislike birth and death or long for them, do you enter buddha's mind.

However, do not analyze it or speak about it. Just set aside your body and mind,
forget about them, and throw them into the house of buddha; then all is done by
buddha. When you follow this, you are free from birth and death and become a
buddha without effort or calculation. Who then continues to think?"
"Birth and Death" from Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen, Eihei Dogen. Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi. Copyright (c) 1985
by the San Francisco Zen Center.
John Cotterman. cottermanphotos.blogspot.com.

"For example, if he asked how you're feeling today, and you

said you're not happy, he'd always ask:
'What are you attached to?'"
Ajahn Nyanadhammo on Ajahn Chah in "Life with Ajahn Chah (2 of 2) by Ajahn Nyanadhammo." Recorded 16 January 2010.
"To meditate deeply you find out that even ideas like
'being' and 'non-being', 'birth' and 'death', 'coming' and 'going'
are wrong ideas.
If you can touch reality in depth, you realize that suchness, or ultimate reality,
is free from 'birth', from 'dying', from 'coming', from 'going',
from 'being', from 'non-being'.
That is why nirvana is first of all the removal of notions - of ideas -
that serve as the basis of misunderstanding and suffering.
The notion of death cannot be applied to reality.
There is a transformation.
There is a continuation.
But you cannot say that there is death, because in your mind to die means from
something you suddenly become nothing, from someone you suddenly
become noone. And so the notion of death cannot apply to reality, whether to
a cloud or to a human being.
Ideas like 'being born', 'dying', 'coming and going', 'being and non-being',
should be removed by the practice of looking deeply.
And when you can remove these notions, you are free and you have non-fear.
Nirvana can be translated as 'freedom'.
Freedom from views.
And in Buddhism,
all views are wrong views."
Thich Nhat Hanh.

Tsai Yulong. Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra. calligraphy. 2006.

The Mystery Play at Hemis Gompa, from Where Three Empires Meet: A Narrative of Recent Travel in Kashmir, Western Tibet,
Gilgit, and the Adjoining Countries (1893) by E. F. Knight.

"The discriminating mind is a dancer and a magician with the

objective world as the stage. Intuitive mind is the wise jester who
travels with the magician and reflects upon the perfomer's
emptiness and transiency. Universal mind keeps the record and
knows what must be and what may be."
The Lankavatara Sutra, from A Buddhist Bible. Dwight Goddard.
Uncredited. Found at http://unbornmind.com/myblog/2012/02/

"The roots of affliction are the same as the awakened state.

Nirvana and birth and death are illusory images in space."
The Sutra of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Translated by Thich Nhat Hanh.
The Tower of Babel. Peter Bruegel the Elder.

"It is not because of gain that the states of greed, hatred,

or delusion are destroyed."
Sappurisa Sutta (MN 113.8)
Found http://sensesofcinema.com/2013/65/2012-world-poll-part-two/
Image from the film Leviathan by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Vrna Paravel, 2012.

"In what is seen there will be only the seen; in the heard
there will be only the heard; in the sensed there will be
only the sensed; in the cognized there will be only
the cognized. This is how you must train yourself,..."
(Udana 1.10, The Bahiya Sutta.)
Found http://grougrou.deviantart.com/art/Presence-40686731.

"Whatever is conditioned and volitionally produced is

subject to cessation. When you know this and see thus,
your mind is liberated from the taint of sensual desire, from
the taint of being, and from the taint of ignorance. When it is
liberated there comes the knowledge: 'It is liberated'....

There is present only this amount of disturbance, namely

that connected with the six bases that are dependent on this
body and conditioned by life."
(MN 121.12, The Shorter Discourse on Voidness. Translated by Bhikku Bodhi.)

It's not about 'getting rid of'. It's about 'letting go of'."

"If you can see this body but not the teaching, it is of no value at all."

Brent8Webb.8Why Are You Here?

"Because you're here, you belong."

This naturally originating inner radiance, uncreated from the very beginning,
Is the parentless child of awareness how amazing!
It is the naturally originating pristine cognition, uncreated by anyone how
[This radiant awareness] has never been born and will never die how
Though manifestly radiant, it lacks an [extraneous] perceiver how amazing!
Though it has roamed throughout cyclic existence, it does not degenerate
how amazing!
Though it has seen buddhahood itself, it does not improve how amazing!
Though it is present in everyone, it remains unrecognized how amazing!
Still, one hopes for some attainment other than this how amazing!
Though it is present within oneself, one continues to seek it elsewhere how
Observations Related to Examining the Nature of Mind, The Great
Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States (Tibetan Book of the Dead)