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Three Tantric Buddhist Women's Songs

Three Tantric Buddhist Women's Songs

spiritual practice, Spirituality
Kye Ho! Wonderful! Lotus pollen wakes up in the heart's center -- The bright flower is free from mud, Where do the color and fragrance come from? What reason now to accept them or turn away? Kambala Who spreads the sound of an echo? Who paints the image in a mirror? Where are the spectacles in a dream? Nowhere at all -- that's the nature of mind! Tree-Leaf Woman Kye Ho! Wonderful! You may say "existence," but you can't grasp it! You may say "nonexistence," but many things appear! It is beyond the sky of "existence" and nonexistence" -- I know it but cannot point to it! Dakini Lion-Face translated by Miranda Shaw, 8th-11th c., from Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women "When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in...
Slow Down, Begin Again (an Advent Reflection)

Slow Down, Begin Again (an Advent Reflection)

Advent, Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Our host today is Terri Stewart, the host of BeguineAgain.com (aka Cloaked Monk!). I give to you, "Slow Down, Begin Again," loosely tying to Zechariah 8:4-5. For more about me, see the "About" tab. This was first published at rethinkchurch.com. Slow Down, Begin Again IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!! I hear this echoing in my head from years past—from my children’s years, from my own cries, and from my crazy Aunt Nancy (I love you!) who still calls me at zero-dark-thirty on December 25 to wish me a Merry Christmas. What I also remember is making lists of what I have bought for the in-laws to make sure everybody got the same quantity and the same monetary value. Making lists for my children so one was not valued in presents more than the other. And stressing out over finding that “perfect gift” for...

Darkness is Only a Degree of Light (an Advent Reflection)

Advent, Essay, Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Our host today is Victoria Ceretto-Slotto. She gives to us, "Darkness is Only a Degree of Light" based on Psalm 42:9-11. More about Victoria at the end of the post.  Darkness is Only a Degree of Light  Psalm 42:9-11  9 I say to God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?” 10 As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?” 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. Years ago, when I was responsible for educating non-professional caregivers, I opened the teaching module on depression using this psalm. Though we, in the 21st Century, classify certain types of depression a...