The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

BRINGING THE MIND HOME 85Everything can be used as an invitation to meditation. Asmile, a face in the subway, the sight of a small flower growingin the crack of a cement pavement, a fall of rich cloth in ashop window, the way the sun lights up flower pots on awindow sill. Be alert for any sign of beauty or grace. Offer upevery joy, be awake at all moments to "the news that isalways arriving out of silence." 9Slowly you will become a master of your own bliss, achemist of your own joy, with all sorts of remedies always athand to elevate, cheer, illuminate, and inspire your everybreath and movement. What is a great spiritual practitioner? Aperson who lives always in the presence of his or her owntrue self, someone who has found and who uses continuallythe springs and sources of profound inspiration. As the modernEnglish writer Lewis Thompson wrote: "Christ, supremepoet, lived truth so passionately that every gesture of his, atonce pure Act and perfect Symbol, embodies the transcendent."10To embody the transcendent is why we are here.

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