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by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 74
Views: 90934

Re: In Praise of Virtue

There sometimes comes on us a mood of strange reverence for people and things which in less contemplative hours we hold to be unworthy; and in such moments we may set side by side the head of the Christ and the head of an outcast, and there is an equal radiance around each, which makes of the darke...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 187
Views: 76646

Re: Theosophy

For the future we intend that at this hour the Mystic shall be at home, less metaphysical and scientific than is his wont, but more really himself. It is customary at this hour, before the lamps are brought in, to give way a little and dream, letting all the tender fancies day suppresses rise up in...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 74
Views: 90934

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Magnificent Praise by Matrceta - thanks Kusala. :bow: Here is the PDF of BPS entire Hymn, also in book form too: http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh360_Dhammika_Matricetas-Hymn-to-the-Buddha.pdf It begins with this Invocation: 1. Invocation 1 No faults in any way are found in him; All virtues in every way ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 74
Views: 90934

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Slander, that worst of poisons, ever finds
An easy entrance to ignoble minds.

Juvenal
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 74
Views: 90934

Re: In Praise of Virtue

By the operation of the same cosmic law [of karma], to judge others cruelly is to attract malicious criticism upon oneself. If one peddles the weaknesses of others, the divine law will mysteriously bring about the publicity of his own private faults. One who is tempted to cast aspersion on anyone e...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 74
Views: 90934

Re: In Praise of Virtue

We are members of one great body, planted by nature in a mutual love, and fitted for a social life. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.
Seneca
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 74
Views: 90934

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Nagarjuna Bodhisattva in his Treatise on the Ten Bodhisattva Grounds reminds us to cool our censorious tendencies: If one assesses inward qualities on the basis of externals and hence develops an attitude of slighting condescension, one brings ruin on oneself as well as on one’s own roots of goodnes...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: covid vaccine: yea or nay?
Replies: 79
Views: 3414

Re: covid vaccine: yea or nay?

Not been vaccinated for last 50+ years, no reason to start now.

https://www.usmessageboard.com/threads/ ... da.872591/
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I wish to further my practice by becoming a monk. I can't find anywhere that invites someone 53 yrs old. Advise pls
Replies: 9
Views: 589

Re: I wish to further my practice by becoming a monk. I can't find anywhere that invites someone 53 yrs old. Advise pls

Thank you for reading.... Im finding it almost impossible to withdraw from my current life and find a Sangha where I can live and further my journey on the path as the Buddha taught. The obstacle that seems most difficult to pass is my age. I'm 53. I run my own business decorating and designing int...
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 74
Views: 90934

Re: In Praise of Virtue

The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.
Albert Camus
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Dhamma Poetry
Replies: 15
Views: 5759

Re: Dhamma Poetry

Han-shan has much merit too.
All you who read my poems
guard your purity of heart
let your greed be modesty
your flattery be honesty
put an end to evil karma
trust your own true nature
find your buddha body today
do it as fast as an order.
Red Pine translation
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Dhamma Poetry
Replies: 15
Views: 5759

Re: Dhamma Poetry

And one from the final Joy section:
Kobayashi Issa (1763–1828)

Children imitating cormorants
are even more wonderful
than cormorants.
Translated from the Japanese by Robert Hass.
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Dhamma Poetry
Replies: 15
Views: 5759

Re: Dhamma Poetry

Now one from the Mindfulness section: Li Po (701–762) Watching a White Falcon Set Loose High in September’s frontier winds, white brocade feathers, the Mongol falcon flies alone, a flake of snow, a hundred miles some fleeting speck of autumn in its eyes. Translated from the Chinese by David Hinton.
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Dhamma Poetry
Replies: 15
Views: 5759

Re: Dhamma Poetry

This recent anthology has many poems worthy of thought & many that are just beauteous! The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy edited by John Brehm, Wisdom 2017. Here is a sample: Tu Fu (712–770) Jade Flower Palace The stream swirls. The wind moans in The pines. Grey rats scurry over Broken...