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Today It Came to Me ……..A Dharma Poem by Shoko

Today it came to me… that my enemy is my treasured friend. That when I look at “others” I see “myself” again. Today it came to me…. that I’ve been your lover in times of old and you’ve killed me once or twice, I’ve walked with you, talked with you, then taken my own life. […]

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IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS

IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS I TRANSCEND THIS PLACE- MYSELF INVERTED POSE ON THE YOGA MAT CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE SUSPENDED IN ONE PERFECT MOMENT OF COMPLETE PEACE AND INTERCONNECTION HEART CHAKRA EXPANDS BREATHE OUT LOVE Poem, sent to Prison Mindful Institute from a Books Behind Bars recipient

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More from Choki

II How did this happen? Ordinary concepts… So futile. A self…a bubble popping. How many are there? This one was so hidden, so close that it over layed all my vision. So near that I viewed through it…a filter. I thought I knew this, that I understood it. I knew nothing, understand nothing. Wow.  What […]

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Poem from Behind the Fence Part I by Choki

I. I saw myself today, almost for the first time? The ego? The super-ego? Just words. The deep-rooted character I play; the ultimate perspective of . . .me? At my core, at my being: an overlay. I hope I don’t lose this–did I just kill it? This sense of in touchness with the me be […]

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Eventuality by Kakushin

Poems from Behind the Fence: Eventuality Life is but a dewdrop Reflected in a dewdrop We are born Into a world of tears No future…No Past… Only the eternal now We remain asleep Dreaming of dreams Until we realize somehow Myriad Dharmas Through sudden awakening! Right here, right now! All at once The moment between […]

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Why Prison Outreach Counts…..

In case you are wondering if your donations are effective, here is what we just received from one of the prison groups we support. If you have not yet made your donation to our prison program, please consider doing so before the end of the year. We are a 501(c)3, so all donations are tax […]

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Opening the Windows by Horaku

This dwelling I built intentionally Composed in peace midst chaos Flowers bloom at my doorstep And yet, I still do not know who I am. Inside form without form Dancing wildly To a song sung by no-one And yet, sometimes I refuse to listen. On a full moon night I dare not open my eyes […]

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A Distorted View of Indivuality

A Distorted View of Individuality, by M. Horaku Each of us and everything around us is a beautiful, complete manifestation of the Silent Self here in the realm of form (the Relative).  We are an individual wave in the ocean.  The reason for this is because the Absolute realm (emptiness) cannot know Itself without the […]

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November Prison Newsletter

The summer of 2014 was intensely hot – not only as measured by the Heat Index, with many days soaring into the 90’s and 100’s, but also as measured by the turmoil that engulfed so much of the world: an airliner shot out of the sky over the Ukraine killing 298 innocent men, women, and […]

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October Prison Newsletter‏

  Our recent teachings have concerned themselves with our actions – acting in a manner consistent with accomplishing what is necessary and needs to be done in the unfolding of our lives in the present moment – in other words, appropriate action. This month’s teaching, Acting without Acting – from the Maverick Sutras by G. […]

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