TODAY'S THEME: Pure Heart, Pure Good
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Beginning anew is to change your mind and heart, to transform
the ignorance that brought wrong actions of body, speech, and
mind, and to help you cultivate your mind of love. Your shame
and guilt will disappear, and you will begin to experience the joy
of being alive. All wrongdoings arise in the mind. It is through
the mind that wrongdoings can disappear.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 -   )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, activist and teacher
Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2004


The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out,
for if you want the kernel you must break the shell. And therefore,
if you want to discover nature's nakedness, you must destroy its
symbols, and the farther you get in, the nearer you come to its
essence. When you come to the One that gathers all things
up into itself, there your soul must stay.

Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 - c. 1328)
German theologian, philosopher and mystic

We know that the desert Fathers of Egypt...sought
a perfect purity of heart...We find in Zen an analogous
striving for non-attachment...But the "emptiness" and
"objectlessness" of the Zen way of "no-mind" must
be well understood, for in such a matter the
slightest error is disastrous.

To become attached to emptiness itself and to an imaginary
"purity of heart" that is conceived as an object which one can
attain is to miss the target altogether, even though it may
seem to be the highest point of the mystical life...

A Chinese Zen master, Hui Neng, said: "If you cherish
the notion of purity and cling to it, you turn purity into
falsehood...Purity has neither form nor shape, and when
you claim an achievement by establishing a form to be known
as are purity-bound (i.e., imprisoned by your
limited and illusory concept of purity)."

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk and prolific author
Excerpted from "Mystics and Zen Masters,"
by Thomas Merton
Farrarr, Straus and Giroux, 1967

God being in himself pure good can dwell nowhere
except in pure soul. He overflows into her. What does
emptiness mean? It means a turning from creatures:
the heart uplifted to the perfect good so that creatures
are no comfort, nor is there any need of them except
in that God, the perfect good, is to be grasped in them.
The clear eye tolerates the mote no more than does the
pure soul anything that clouds, that comes between...
She finds (God) in herself when in her natural purity
she flows into the supernatural pure Godhead,
where she is in God and God in her, and what
she does, she does in God, and God in her.

Meister Eckhart (c.1260 - c. 1328)
German theologian, philosopher and mystic
Excerpted from "Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing,"
New Seeds, 2005


And now, the Last Word:

If you speak and act with a pure mind,
happiness will follow you, as a
shadow clings to a form.

The Buddha (c. 563 BC - c. 483 BC)



































Bonus quote:

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

William Blake (1757-1827)
English poet, painter and printmaker


On today's
Home Page:

Thich Nhat Hanh;
Meister Eckhart;
Thomas Merton;
The Buddha