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Dharma Pets City Pound by Jozan

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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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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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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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Do Not Kill

Remember the first of the Ten Grave Precepts?  “Do not kill.” While this translation is easier for Western people to grasp, the Japanese word “fu” actually means “non” so the correct rendering is “non-killing.” You see Eastern view is that life does not end but changes form or is reborn.  The notion of killing or […]

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