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Neither wild monkeys, nor snakes or other poisonous animal life could dissuade me from staying in retreat, not even these huge reptiles and the fear they triggered in my mind. But now a larger problem occurred…
--Kay Weiss.
It was 1993, after two years of living in Nepal, India and Bhutan, it was time to replenish monetary funds in Europe. I booked a flight to Europe with Sri Lanka Airways, with stopover in…
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You know your holy place. Your field, tree, chapel, cushion, cathedral, mat, temple or ocean wait for you. Go there often, without any agenda. And let your heart sing the lullabies of its longing to keep itself awake.
A Quiet Collision of Verse and Image by Deborah Anne Quibell & Kimberly Poppe.
The founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, wrote often of a phenomenon called the transcendent function, when two energies come together, there is often an emergence of a mysterious third, that holds both but is far greater…
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As human beings, we are subject to continuous change throughout life. Taoists speak of ten thousand sorrows and ten thousand joys. The joy turns into sorrow. Sorrow turns into joy. There is no exception. Equanimity is a liberating quality that gives us an open, equitable, peaceful and stable heart towards the vicissitudes of life.
To cultivate equanimity we practice catching ourselves when we feel attraction or aversion, before it hardens into grasping or negativity. --Pema Chödron As human beings, we are subject to continuous change throughout life. Taoists speak of…
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The stomach suffers immensely, it suffers from lack. The spine bent and hobbled with hurt, the spine that held up the stairs and resisted the shifting walls, the spine carries us forward, stiffened, but not broken. The hands, palms dark and swollen, knuckles split, fretted with blood. 
–A poem from an earthquake Nepal survivor.
The stomach suffers immensely It suffers from lack. The spine bent and hobbled with hurt, the spine that held up the stairs and resisted the shifting walls, the spine carries us forward, stiffened, but not…
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Many people are too tired, misinformed, lazy, or heavily stressed to access their own psychospiritual experience. Others are convinced that their personal spiritual maintenance and growth is a job beyond their ability.
--Doug Ten Rose.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the…
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The story of Kukkuripa, the Dog Siddha.
The pure and free expanse of shunyata is not reached by the contrived path of rejecting the world. The changeless radiance of Great Compassion is not reached by the fabricated path of clinging to good qualities.
--Douglas Penick​


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At another moment, near the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, Gesar sees the great sage Megashri. The sage sings wordlessly and displays to Gesar incalculable, uncountable, immeasurable, inconceivable incomprehensible, inestimable numbers of Buddhas. He shows Gesar…
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The world smells worse in some places than others but everyone’s going to get at least a little bit of stank while living here. We also get exposed to vast reservoirs of knowledge and kindness, but that’s not the subject of this page or two. The subject at hand is the other side of that coin, the lower aspect of humanity that everyone runs into.
--Doug Ten Rose's travelogue includes reflections of conversation topics while hitchhiking.
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Religion and Politics Mary and I have hitchhiked well over 100,000 miles together by now. I’m not judgmental or prejudicial, but I have earned enough experience and education to recognize some patterns in humanity. From New Orleans we…
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Conditions can never cause anything to happen because they are neither an agent nor have agency. Perhaps this surprises you. But think about all the things you thought were going to happen in your life that didn’t, and all the things that did that you never saw coming!
--James Corrigan.
Agency implies an agent. If there is no agent, there can be no agency. Agency, of course, is the action or intervention of a thing, or person, that produces an effect. To say that language…
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The human world is cracking up. A century of warfare, genocide, destruction and want has severed men and women from their roots.
They have no forbears, no folkways or culture, no past. Money has shredded all other values. The young wander in a phantasmagoria of luxurious diversions, violence, intoxication, constant novelty and hopelessness.
Another great story by Douglas J.Penick.
Gesar sings this song while wandering in a blizzard: All Buddhas, infinite and bright as oceans of stars, Dwell in all realms in all of whatever is called space, Manifest in all eons in whatever…
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The interview with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was recorded on the 16th day of December, 1985, at Nagi Gompa, Kathmandu. When Rinpoche was asked if he would grant an interview for the Vajradhatu Sun, his reply was, “What is the use of the tiny light of a firefly when the sun has already risen in the sky?” referring to Trungpa Rinpoche’s presence in the West.
Rinpoche, would you please tell us about your life, teachers, and the retreats you have done? Tulku Urgyen: I was born in Eastern Tibet, in Kham, in the area called Nangchen. The Dharma teaching of my family…
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Bathe the troubled mind in the refreshing waves of sound
and enjoy the heavenly pleasure and delight.
With the natural breath of in and out
mind and body serenely tune into the Pendulum´s swing
and easily let go all strains and tensions.
OM AH HUNG
OM AH HUNG
OM AH HUNG
--Read the whole poem by Sonja-Maria Teufel-Schmarsli
Drop the anchor of the mind into the groundlessness to find firm support from the unknown. For when the carmic winds blow strongly on a chuming samsaric sea allow the boat-like human body to dwell…
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We are not only fed a multitude of reasons as to why we need to be fearful but because we believe that what we think we know and what we perceive with our senses is true and real we become entangled. The whole spiral of delusory perceptions spins around relentlessly due to the momentum of these inherently faulty beliefs.
--Lyse Lauren.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. ∼Jai Krishnamurti If we had to come up with one word to describe the controlling forces in our modern society that…
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LEVEKUNST art of life is a spiritual art magazine with artists and writers from all over the world.
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LEVEKUNST art of life is a platform for gathering old and new topics that help to overcome the ignorance which separates people and makes life unnecessarily hard.  We invite the reader to be a citizen of the world as well and to be a host for the entire planet, the ecosystem, human rights and a fair world economy. It is our shared responsibility. We have seen that intelligent and open-minded people naturally take the next step as inner serenity makes room for awareness of others’ well-being.
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