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Readings Monday December 14th

No audio available today:

Roshi is due back from Belfast this afternoon. In the interim, we offer you the following vignettes from Reflection from Conamara: The Question Holds the Lantern by John O’Donohue, Ph.D. – 1954-2008

“Humans have an uncanny ability to domesticate everything they touch. Eventually, even the strangest things become absorbed into the routine of the daily mind with its steady geographies of endurance, anxiety and contentment. Only seldom does the haze lift, and we glimpse for a second, the amazing plenitude of being here. Sometimes, unfortunately, it is suffering or threat that awakens us… You realize that the ground has turned into quicksand. Now it seems to you that even mountains are suspended on strings.”

“If you could imagine the most incredible story ever, it would be less incredible than the story of being here. And the ironic thing is that story is not a story, it is true. It takes us so long to see where we are. It takes us even longer to see who we are. This is why the greatest gift you could ever dream is a gift that you can only receive from one person. And that person is you yourself. Therefore, the most subversive invitation you could ever accept is the invitation to awaken to who you are and where you have landed.”

To read the full text, please click Reflection from Conamara: The Question Holds the Lantern

Categories: Fall Ango 2009
  1. 12/2009 at 7:46 pm

    …so nice. Thnx!

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