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A Path With Heart

The emperor of China asked a renowned Buddhist master if it would be possible to illustrate the nature of self in a visible way. In response, the master had a sixteen-sided room appointed with floor-to-ceiling mirrors that faced one another exactly. In the center he hung a candle aflame. When the emperor entered he could see the individual candle flame in thousands of forms, each of the mirrors extending it far into the distance. Then the master replaced the candle with a small crystal. The emperor could see the small crystal reflected again in every direction. When the master pointed closely at the crystal, the emperor could see the whole room of thousands of crystals reflected in each tiny facet of the crystal in the center. The master showed how the smallest particle contains the whole universe.

True emptiness is not empty, but contains all things. The mysterious and pregnant void creates and reflects all possibilities. From it arises our individuality, which can be discovered and developed, although never possessed or fixed. The self is held in no-self, as the candle flame is held in great emptiness.

--Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart

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Ginny19
Jun. 2, 2008 at 11:18 AM Beautiful!  And, so true!  Jack Kornfield was Noah Levine's teacher.  I don't know much about Jack, but Noah is awesome!  Have you read his books or heard him speak? 

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Dejanay
Jun. 2, 2008 at 1:29 PM

One for me to be with because I am blocking the message.  Perhaps part of the block is due to my path of parenting lacking heart this morning.  Thank goodness for forgiveness, resiliency and self-examination.

If anyone would expound I would be most grateful.  Connected right away with the Title.  ~Deja~

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Encha...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 11:39 PM Thank you, DestMaster!  I thought immediately of all of the individuals in my life as reflections of myself--parts that I am not owning & must, parts that I must improve, parts that are in good working order but must heal my self-esteem to own.  Nice!  Thank you for helping me to "crystallize" (LOL) my thoughts today!  Love you...Ceci

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