Archive for March, 2011

Readings Thursday March 31st

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Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sense of the world is short,
Long and various the report,
To love and be beloved;
Men and gods have not outlearned it,
And how oft soe’er they’ve turned it,
‘Tis not to be improved.

Categories: Spring Ango 2011

Readings Wednesday March 30th

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A quote from Mohandas Gandhi’s may help to keep us warm until Roshi’s return…

“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”

Categories: Spring Ango 2011

Readings Tuesday March 29th

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Here’s and old favorite for the young at heart… go for it!

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Categories: Spring Ango 2011

Readings Monday March 28th

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One of Roshi’s favorite teaching tools is poetry. Below is one of Rumi’s poems… savor it!


We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee;
we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee.

We are as pieces of chess engaged in victory and defeat:
our victory and defeat is from thee, O thou whose qualities are comely!

Who are we, O Thou soul of our souls,
that we should remain in being beside thee?

We and our existences are really non-existence;
thou art the absolute Being which manifests the perishable.

We all are lions, but lions on a banner:
because of the wind they are rushing onward from moment to moment.

Their onward rush is visible, and the wind is unseen:
may that which is unseen not fail from us!

Our wind whereby we are moved and our being are of thy gift;
our whole existence is from thy bringing into being.

Masnavi Book I, 599-607

Categories: Spring Ango 2011

Readings Friday March 25th

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Below are vignettes from a short story to contemplate during the weekend… enjoy!

Borges and I by Jorge Luis Borges

The other one, the one called Borges, is the one things happen to… I know of Borges from the mail… It would be an exaggeration to say that ours is a hostile relationship; I live, let myself go on living, so that Borges may contrive his literature, and this literature justifies me.

For full story click: Borges and I

Categories: Spring Ango 2011

Readings Thursday March 24th

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While Roshi is away, perhaps a poem will help us stay connected…

The Lesson by Maya Angelou

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping

Memory of old tombs,
Rotting flesh and worms do
Not convince me against
The challenge.

The years
And cold defeat live deep in
Lines along my face.

They dull my eyes, yet
I keep on dying,
Because I love to live.

Categories: Spring Ango 2011

Readings Wednesday March 23rd

Matthew 20 – The mother of James and John asks Jesus if her sons can sit on his right hand and left when he comes into his kingdom.

Categories: Spring Ango 2011