Archive for December, 2010

“To cause benefit is not easy – so try first not to cause harm.”

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2010 by Linata

There is the story of Milarépa and Marpa. Marpa worked Milarépa to nearly death as part of his teaching. Milarépa had to build and dismantle houses over and over again before Marpa would give him any formal meditation instruction. Every time Milarépa had completed a new house, he would ask Marpa to come and check to see whether it was satisfactory. Milarépa fervently hoped each time that he would receive the teachings he needed so intensely – but Marpa would rage at him: Idiot! It’s the wrong shape and in the wrong place! Pull it down and replace every stone just exactly where you found it! Milarépa had to build these houses with his bare hands, without even the help of a yak or donkey to carry the stones, and after a while he was covered with sores where the stones rubbed against his back. Now this must sound terrible, and in some way it is – but Milarépa had something terribly important to learn. He had cultivated vengeance – the worst, most unskilful motivation. He had left an appalling trail of destruction. Marpa’s teaching was therefore—partially—to display practically to Milarépa that to do things is infinitesimally easier than to undo them.

more on duality

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27, 2010 by Linata

“The human condition is one in which we are simultaneously beginninglessly nondual and dualistically distorted”

-Khandro Déchen

paradox of life

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 by Linata

‘We can allow both sides of every polarity to exist within ourselves. We can then manifest paradoxes: ferocious compassion, dignified exuberance, joyful hopelessness, realistic reverence, honourable deviousness, light-hearted resolution, violent grace, affable opposition, and humorous heroism.’

– from Aro-ling website

the myth of Eros and Psyche

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 by Linata

Psyche was a Greek princess who was so beautiful that Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, grew jealous of her.  The goddess sent her son, the winged god of love Eros, to strike the young princess with one of his arrows, making her fall unhappily in love.  But when Eros saw Psyche, he fell in love with her himself and could not obey his mother.  As a gentle breeze he lifted Psyche and carried her to a secluded palace.  Eros would come to his beloved every night, after dark; he was very kind and loving and she soon returned his feelings, although she was never allowed to see her lover.  The god warned her that he would have to leave her for ever if she sees his face.  Later on, Psyche’s sisters came to visit and convinced her that she must see her lover, as he might turn out to be a dangerous monster.  So Psyche saw Eros’ face by the light of a candle, while he was sleeping, and discovered that he was not the monster she feared but a magnificent god.  After that Eros left her and she was very unhappy.  Desperate to bring him back, Psyche went to Aphrodite to ask for her help, but the goddess remained indifferent to her suffering and gave her impossible tasks to fulfil.  However, Psyche succeeded in all of them, as Eros was secretly watching over her and helping her.  In the end, Zeus decided that the lovers proved their devotion for each other and united them for eternity, granting Psyche immortality.  They lived happily ever after and a beautiful child was born to them, whose name was Voluptas (Pleasure).

when war marries beauty

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 by Linata

Harmonia was the goddess of harmony and concord. As a daughter of Aphrodite, she presided over marital harmony, soothing strife and discord; as a daughter of Ares, she represented harmonious action in war. Late Greek and Roman writers sometimes portrayed her as harmony in the more abstract sense : a deity presiding over the cosmic harmony.

Aphrodite was the great Olympian goddess of beauty, love, pleasure and and procreation. She was depicted as a beautiful woman usually accompanied by the winged godling Eros (Love).

Ares was the great Olympian god of war, battlelust, civil order and manly courage.

Smackology

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 by Linata

“I am a-Freud I am too Jung to know about that.”

-Ngak’chang Rinpoche

“what it’s like to be a star”

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 by Linata

“Do u know what happens when a star dies? It doesn’t just disappear…it turns into this black hole. This giant energy sucking mass that doesn’t just collapses on itself. It takes away any life that comes close to it.”

-Glee