A natural knowing that is free of thought,  this self-knowing cannot possibly form thoughts.…

A natural knowing that is free of thought, this self-knowing cannot possibly form thoughts. Without conceptualizing ‘a mind’, since it is not something to be conceived, this original wakefulness, cognizant yet thought-free, is like the wisdom of the Tathagata. Therefore, it is taught, “Realize that luminous mind is the mind of original wakefulness, and don’t seek an enlightenment separate from that. ”

— Naropa

Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.
Betty Smith (via thecalminside)


Sun Beams, Ketchikan, Alaska

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If we understand that objects depend upon the subjective mind, we can change the way objects appear to us by changing our own mind. Gradually, we will gain the ability to control our mind and in this way solve all our problems.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ~ Modern Buddhism

Happy Flowers by (Alice H)


The mind’s original nature is like space;
It pervades and embraces all things under the sun.
Be still and stay relaxed in genuine ease,
Be quiet and let sound reverberate as an echo,
Keep your mind silent and watch the ending of all worlds.

~Tilopa’s Mahamudra Instructions to Naropa (trans. by Keith Dowman)

(Photo by Sippanont Samchai)