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The wound is where the light enters you

I said, “What about my EYES?”
God said, “Keep them on the road.”

I said, “What about my PASSION?”
God said, “Keep it burning.”

I said, “What about my HEART?”
God said, “Tell me what you hold inside it.”

I said, “Pain and sorrow.”
He said, “Stay with it. The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

~ Rumi

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Came across this poem, for all of you dedicated animal rescuers and caregivers out there:

I would’ve died that day if not for you.
I would’ve given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would’ve used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
… I would have left this life believing that all humans don’t care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn’t matted
skin that isn’t flea bitten
good food and enough of it
beds to sleep on
someone to love me
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me…

You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other cats like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room…to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.

I am the reason
The cats before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after. Our lives would’ve been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you

Author Unknown

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Give Hope

Give Hope


“Minimalism isn’t just about decluttering our closets and living with less; it’s determining when we have enough, so we can do something good with the excess.”

“The impact goes far beyond the items you give, or the check you write. Because when someone is down on their luck, out of resources, or with nowhere else to turn, your act of kindness gives them hope. Just knowing that someone out there cares can give them the strength to carry on, the feeling that they’re not alone, the hope that tomorrow will be a brighter day. It’s the greatest minimalist gift you can give.”

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Beautiful Sunflower

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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A Vow of Silence

It has been about a month and a half since I took my Vow of Silence.

No great difficulties encountered so far, just some minor inconveniences… and wondering about those phone calls that had to remain unanswered.

I still whisper to the cats. Very soft chanting/singing is also allowed. Laughter too, is exempted from my vow of silence… and I will not hesitate to break the vow in case of emergency! Such as needing to shout to alert someone to danger…etc.

Otherwise I am happy to remain silent.

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If the eye never sleeps,

all dreams will naturally cease.

If the mind makes no discriminations,

the ten thousand things

are as they are, of single essence.

To understand the mystery of this One-essence

is to be released from all entanglements.

– Sosan Zenji

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Finding my Religion

Rev. Heng Sure

A Vow of Silence and a Pilgrimage


http://paramita.typepad.com/ (Video “Feeling Glad for my Mom and Dad”)


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Thich Nhat Hanh in Singapore

“we have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.? – thich nhat hanh




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A Moment of Love

A moment of love may seem like a small thing, but at the moment of death that love will be everything…

– Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Ashram

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He drew a circle that shut me out –
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.

Edwin Markham

The Buddha taught that one should conquer anger with kindness, wickedness with goodness, selfishness with charity, and falsehood with truthfulness.

Came upon this poem in a book by K. Sri Dhammananda ‘How to live without fear and worry’. The following evening I listened to Ajahn Brahm’s latest Audio Dharma Talk ‘Happy Buddhamas’ in which he recited this same poem. http://www.bswa.org/modules/mydownloads/viewcat.php?cid=4&orderby=dateD

We must increase and widen our circle of compassion until it includes everyone and everything!

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My Downstairs Cat

My “downstairs” cat

I wish i can bring you home….but i can’t

I wish i can be more friendly with you….but i can’t

Not all humans are nice to cats…they aren’t

Trusting all humans can mean the end of you.

Though it saddens me when u cower away from me…

Until you recognise my voice…

Because i know then that you do not treat all humans

With the same tenderness that you shower on me…

Your soft body brushing my legs…

I hope

you will learn to be street-smart, knowing who to trust

and who to stay away from

I hope

you will survive on the streets of Singapore

and perhaps one day, someone will bring you home…


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Reality Isn’t What You Think

Meditating Cat

Close your eyes and wake up

Apparent Reality is just a dream of our mind

Wake up to the Ultimate Reality

Reality Isn’t What You Think

by Andy Karr



~ * ~ * ~ * ~

I made a decision when I found out that a resident of Block *28 had relocated Damy!

What is the use of working with Town Councils to solve problems when people like this man take matters in their own hands! A person I never even suspected! Worse… a family who keep cats themselves and seemed supportive!

First I had to take in Rocky because someone had relocated him and may do so again…fliered the whole block but no leads as to who did it. Damy was released with a heavy heart… would he be taken again? I had sterilized and relocated the new cat that caused problems on the 4th floor of the same block and had Damy’s ear tipped before releasing him back… to my horror he was taken again the very next morning! Now he is safe in my home…

But I will not let myself become a hoarder!

I will still put in effort to sterilize… so that less cats are born to suffer… and then release them to their fate without attachment… will still help where I can as much as my health and means allow… and without any hope!

I will ‘help until it hurts’ (Peter Singer)… but not until it kills me! Some utilitarian things make sense to me. We should not be ruled by emotions but reflect on the actual benefit of our actions and use limited resources wisely.

~ * ~ * ~ * ~

Many seriously injured and sick cats could heal and recover because kind people sponsored the medical fees and gave me strength and support when needed, some have helped hands-on and Billy Boy found a home because someone herself busy with rescue work helped me to advertise and screen potential adopters… Thinking of these people always put a smile on my face.

~ * ~ * ~ * ~

One needs to make time for reflection and meditation…to heal and to learn to feel equanimity towards all beings…


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May it be…

May all suffering end


May It Be

May it be an evening star
Shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road
Oh, how far you are from home

Mornie utúlië (darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantië (darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

May it be shadows call
Will fly away
May it be your journey on
To light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun

Mornie utúlië (darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantië (darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

A promise lives within you now

~ by Enya

Damy was relocated by a resident this morning…

The cleaner saw the man taking Damy, who struggled, and driving off… he informed M. The man later admitted and helped us with the search… but denied taking Noisy Joe from the same location. Noisy Joe is blind on one eye and M is very worried.

We could not find Damy…

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The Earth is Waiting For You

The Earth is Waiting For You

The earth is always patient and open-hearted.

She is waiting for you.

She has been waiting for you for the last trillion lifetimes.
She can wait for any length of time. She knows you will come back to her one day.

Fresh and green, she will welcome you exactly like the first time, because love never says “This is the last time;” because Earth is a loving mother.

She will never stop waiting for you.

by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Long Road Turns to Joy

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This depicts Guatama the Buddha after awakening enlightened, and wanting to return to Nirvana. But he considered all the lotus flowers in their different stages, working towards enlightenment themselves, and he decided to work with them instead.



So much to do, yet so little time
This weakening body, this tired mind
Wish i can sleep my time away
Woke afresh, may all be empty

How these weeks i wish i could disappear
To a distant land, To a land of smile
To draw strength from her country’s children
To rest in the warm of spiritual sun.

In doing so, may i be rejuvenated
In thought, in strength
May i rekindle love with all man kind
May my body energises
May i be able to fly

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Earth Poem

If the Earth were only a metre in diameter,

… floating just above the ground somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it.

People would walk round it, marvelling at it’s big pools of water. it’s little pools and the water flowing in between the pools. People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the holes in it.

They would marvel at the very thin layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas. The people would marvel at all the creatures walking around the surface of the ball, and at the creatures in the water.

The people would declare it as sacred because it was the only one, and they would protect it so that it would not be hurt.

The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people would come to pray to it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and to wonder how this could be.

People would love it and defend it with their lives because they would somehow know that their lives, their own wholeness and roundness could be nothing without it.

If the Earth were only a metre in diameter…

Earth Poem Video: http://www.care2.com/send/card/6176

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Tale of a Survivor

Tale of a Survivor

Seven years as a street cat

roaming at the market

Up on the roofs

down in the drains

He beat the odds

He survived

Sleeping under cars

Fighting for his territory

New wounds even before the old ones

have a chance to heal

Limping badly at times

Tasting the hard life of a street cat

Finally trapped and sent to be neutered

He mellows and old enemies become friends

Life is better now for Billy Boy

He is getting chubby

But there are untold stories

A wound on his back

Was he scalded with hot water

The wound has healed

but scars and memories remain

Enough of danger and adventure

He has only one wish

to spent his old age in a safe place

But where will you go Billy Boy

Will you be happy being in a cattery

with so many others

I wish you could beat the odds

just one more time

To find a real home

To be safe and loved and cared for

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Begin anew. …
It has been a long time since last we spoke.
It does not need to be so long.

In every moment,
the here and now —
the eternal and timeless —
is always present.
It does not take a special feat
to touch the here and now.
You only need to awaken to
this very breath, this very step.

In just one moment of mindfulness,
everything is made new,
moment to moment.

Enlightenment, peace, wisdom, joy —
these are only one breath away,
one step away.

But the question is:
Are you really there, my dear?
Are you really there in your breath, in your step?
Or are you only daydreaming, sleepwalking?

Whatever you think you’ve done wrong,
whatever penance you believe you must perform
before you can awaken,
I invite you now to let that go.

Take a slow, deep breath.
And remember the Greater Reality
which holds you,
which supports you,
which nurtures you.

Let there be a moment of awakening,
let there be several moments of awakening,
every time you rest into this Greater Reality,
the Buddha Nature, your True Self.

And as you begin to rest in your true vastness,
a healing takes place
organically and naturally —
forgiveness takes place,
understanding takes place,
reconciliation takes place —

In the eternal and timeless
here and now,
you can always begin anew.

You can always find refreshment and rejuvenation
for your earthly body and human mind
as you awaken to
your Universal body and Divine mind.

you can do it.
It is your birthless birthright.
It is your deathless inheritance.

So, my beloved,
can you drop the story,
drop the delusions?
Can you let go of
self-hate, shame and unworthiness?
Are you willing to relax your hold
on control and manipulation?
Are you willing to loosen your grasp
on false securities from false fears?

It only takes one breath,
one step,
in mindfulness,
my dear.

In just one moment of enlightenment,
you can awaken from the illusions of time,
pressure, guilt, failure and regret.

You can awaken to
the eternal and timeless
here and now —
to peace and love and wisdom,
to true strength and true joy and true beauty,
to the Buddha that I am in you and in all beings,
to the Ultimate dimension of all things —
the Divine All in all:

Dew drops on an autumn leaf …

— inspired by the Buddha in you,
as written through Br. ChiSing

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We shall meet again

The lightness as I float above the mangled mess of hair and blood

Was that me just a moment ago?

I turn away

Towards the light I float

So beautiful

So kind

So much love

No judgment

My mindstream is gathering strength

I understand

Nothing happened by chance

Every experience is an effect of a cause

There is no more pain now from attachment to a “body”

Be free of your pain

Your love for me is a cause for our meeting again in happy times


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The Guest House

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi

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Please Call Me by My True Names

I have a poem for you. This poem is about three of us.

The first is a twelve-year-old girl, one of the boat people crossing the Gulf of Siam. She was raped by a sea pirate, and after that she threw herself into the sea. The second person is the sea pirate, who was born in a remote village in Thailand. And the third person is me. I was very angry, of course. But I could not take sides against the sea pirate. If I could have, it would have been easier, but I couldn’t. I realized that if I had been born in his village and had lived a similar life – economic, educational, and so on – it is likely that I would now be that sea pirate. So it is not easy to take sides.

Out of suffering, I wrote this poem. It is called “Please Call Me by My True Names,” because I have many names, and when you call me by any of them, I have to say, “Yes.?

Please Call Me by My True Names

Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow —
even today I am still arriving.

Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.

The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing
on the surface of the river.
And I am the bird
that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.

I am a member of the politburo,
with plenty of power in my hands.

And I am the man who has to pay
his “debt of blood” to my people
dying slowly in a forced-labor camp.

My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and my laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart
can be left open,
the door of compassion.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Where Science and Buddhism Meet

Mind and Reality

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

The mind is everything.

~ Buddha

All matter originates and exists only

By virtue of a force…

We must assume behind this force

The existence of a conscious and

Intelligent Mind. This Mind

Is the matrix of all matter

~ Max Planck

Founder of Quantum Physics

Where Science and Buddhism Meet:

Emptiness, Oneness,

And the Nature of Reality


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This six-armed Mahakala is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara the Buddha of compassion,

indicating the wrathful and protective qualities of compassion.

“Compassion is not always soft, gentle and supportive… sometimes it requires the fierce and brave heart of a warrior. The enemies of any Buddhist practitioner are the ignorance, narcissism, and mental afflictions in his or her own mind. The successful practitioner utterly destroys these inner enemies.?

From “The Lost Art of COMPASSION? by Lorne Ladner Ph.D.

This book offers ten methods for cultivating compassion. One of them is facing impermanence….

Every meeting will end in parting, every accumulation will be dispersed eventually, and every birth will end in death. In any given moment, everything inside of and around us is changing. Our thoughts and feelings flow on in an unceasing stream of consciousness. The air invisibly swirls around us and rushes into and out of our chests. Subatomic forces interact, electrons spin, molecules collide, and thousands of neurons fire in each blink of our eyes. As our planet spins around a sun that circles the center of a galaxy and flies away from other galaxies, our blood keeps rushing through our veins for as long as our hearts keep pumping.

Direct observation and analysis reveal a world that is made up of utterly impermanent, infinitely complex, interdependent events… And yet , we assume that we exist in a certain way – separate, solid, permanent and real. This illusion is a huge obstacle to compassion.

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Repressed anger?

I wonder, how do we know it when we have really accepted the things that cannot be changed, like old age, sickness and death…when we have really let go of anger and fear… not just repressed it?

I thought that I was becoming more calm and accepting…anger seemed to pass quickly and thoughts of things to be grateful for would come to my mind.

When the back pain started I was cursing it for just a moment then thoughts of gratefulness appeared. I am grateful that the pain is still bearable and for the fact that I had been pain-free for such a long period! Then I had a nightmare… being robed, betrayed and about to be killed…which made me wonder, are those feelings still there but repressed from consciousness? Repressed anger could be the cause of nightmares, depression or even backache. Guess I will just have to keep learning and practicing until I get it right…

Hm… perhaps thinking too much about ‘poor me’ 🙂

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Tranquility in Conflict

Tranquility In Conflict


Ajahn Brahm talks about how tranquility helps us to see more deeply, become more peaceful and happy and thereby gaining compassion and wisdom. Agitation distorts our perception – only a still mind can reflect clearly. With a still mind we are not getting so upset anymore because we understand why we see things differently and understand how the waves of likes and dislikes have been distorting our view.

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Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning
s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

~ Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004) for Margaret Schwarzkopf

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Hearing the Birds sing…

…for the first time in many years. It’s beautiful…but there is also construction work going on and the karang guni man blaring his horn which I would rather not hear…but I can always switch my hearing off or at least on low volume, except for the tinnitus 🙂

Had the hearing aid for 10 years but it remained in the container with dri-pellets for most of the past 7 years. The reason being that I am prone to ear infections and can only wear it for very short periods… so in the end I didn’t bother at all. Then my sister called and encouraged me to try again.

I listened to one of Ajahn Brahm’s talks yesterday without straining and having to guess some words or trying to lip-read… I am even thinking of switching on the TV again one of these days.

Suffering teaches us to be content, loss teaches us to appreciate what we have at the present moment and at the same time know and accept that we will lose it in future.

Hearing the birds sing for a short while is good enough because then I will really listen and appreciate it…

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Finally some much needed time to reflect….


the Buddha of compassion


I invoke the transformation and purification of the six negative emotions of pride, jealousy, desire, ignorance, greed and anger into their true nature,

enlightened mind.

mantra of compassion – avalokiteshvara

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Our True Heritage

Our True Heritage

The cosmos is filled with precious gems.

I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.

Each moment you are alive is a gem,

shining through and containing earth and sky,

water and clouds.

It needs you to breathe gently

for the miracles to be displayed.

Suddenly you hear the birds singing,

the pines chanting,

see the flowers blooming,

the blue sky,

the white clouds,

the smile and the marvelous look

of your beloved.

You, the richest person on Earth,

who have been going around begging for a living,

stop being the destitute child.

Come back and claim your heritage.

We should enjoy our happiness

and offer it to everyone.

Cherish this very moment.

Let go of the stream of distress

and embrace life fully in your arms.

This poem is from “Call Me By My True Names” The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh.

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This Body is not me

This body is Not me

This body is not me.

I am not limited by this body.

I am life without boundaries.

I have never been born and I have never died.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,

manifestations from my wondrous true mind.

Since before time, I have been free.

Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,

Sacred thresholds on our journey.

Say good-bye, to meet again soon.

We meet today.

We will meet again tomorrow.

Birth and death are a game of hide- and seek.

So laugh with me,

hold my hand,

let us say good-bye,

We will meet at the source every moment.

We meet each other in all forms of life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Chanting and Recitations from Plum Village. Page 188.

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Embrace Reality

When you deny the reality of life,

you appreciate it less.

Meditate on the Buddha’s

Five Remembrances and

rediscover the magic of life

just as it is.

Embrace Reality

I am of the nature to grow old.
There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health.
There is no way to escape ill health.

I am of the nature to die.
There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love
are of the nature to change.

There is no way to escape
being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.

My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

From The Plum Village Chanting, by Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Truth Within

The Truth Within

Truth lies within ourselves.

It takes no rise from outward things

whatever you may believe.

There is an inmost center in us all

where truth abides in fullness and

to know rather consists in opening out a way

whence the imprisoned splendor may escape

than in effecting entry for light

supposed to be without.

~ Robert Browning

Enlightenment is within ourselves, everyone has it…

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Loss of a loved one

From an anonymous writer

shared by MaryDrolma

Loss of a Loved One

You can shed tears that he is gone or

You can smile that he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he comes back or

You can open your eyes and see all that he’s left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him or

You can be full of the love you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or

You can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember him and only that’s he gone or

You can cherish his memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or

You can do what he’d want; smile, open your eyes, love and move on.

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I have arrived

I Have Arrived

I have arrived.

I am at home
in the here, in the now.

I am solid.
I am free.

In the ultimate I dwell.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Walking with Peace and Presence

With each step I have arrived…I am home


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It is night.
Rain pelts the roof.
The soul awakens
to a flooded Earth

a sea of storm
then passing.

In that short moment,
shifting lines and shapes,
barely seen.

Before the passing moment tilts
and falls to melancholy,
laughter sounds
in quiet raindrops.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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For Warmth

Pen and ink drawing of Thich Nhat Hanh

by Jacob Bowley

For Warmth

I hold my face between my hands
No   I am not crying
I hold my face between my hands
To keep my loneliness warm
Two hands protecting
Two hands nourishing
Two hands to prevent
my soul from leaving me
in anger

~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

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The Year Of The Rat

Thoughts of a fellow vegan…

The Year Of The Rat

The value of its life is degraded to that of dirt –

we label it “a pest!?.

They are born with a death sentence –

to be exterminated at sight, or be used for laboratory testing.

In the Year of the Rat,

may we all see beyond the glossy symbols,

decorations and empty wishes.

may we all appreciate the good things we already have in life,

like food, sleep, clothes, money, work…

and never take these for granted.

may we all have compassion for the less fortunate amongst us,

such as the rat.

With compassion, true insight and generosity…

maybe, just maybe…

the new year will be happier.

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A Season of Suffering…

It’s the Season of Suffering…

For all those beings who end up as part of a festive meal

For the cats and dogs discarded like old furniture

For the homeless trying to keep warm at some void deck

hoping for a kind soul to offer a meal

For the cats and kittens seeking shelter in the drains

which turn into death-traps during heavy rains

For the caregivers worrying about their community cats

…it is indeed a cold and chilling season!

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Fruits….meant to be eaten!

From Dreamy’s Blog:


I will never see the sun rise

I will never see it set
I will never feel a kind touch

I will never be a pet
I will never feel love

For I will not be loved
As I’m led to my murder

Being prodded, poked and shoved

As they cut my tender skin

I wondered who would care

If anybody out there

Would consider my despair

For you did not see me die

And you did not see me bleed
You did not hear me cry

For the meat that you don’t need

You did not watch them kill me

You could not feel my pain
You will try not to think of me

As you blindly eat again

I was the cow you ate on Monday

The pig you had midweek,
I was the turkey for your Christmas,

I was the calf you liked to eat

I was the chicken in your sandwich

The duck you had for tea
I felt pain beyond belief

But you never thought of me

Because thinking can be painful

And you refuse to see
That for every time you eat meat

Those animals must bleed

The cow was killed for Monday

The pig was scalded too
The turkey lived for 16 weeks

And the calf had died for you

The chicken lived inside a cage

The duck could hardly move
And all of this suffering

Occurred for so called food

I fail to see a reason

As there is no need
When humans eat my meat

It is purely for their greed

You may think you’re above me

That you have advantage
But a kind, innocent creature

Is better than a savage

So next time you’re out shopping

Try to feel some guilt
For those animals have died

For your eggs, your meat and milk

My heroes are those people

Who will not bite into me
So I ask a simple favour

And please stop eating meat

I’m asking for the cows

The pigs and all the sheep
I’m asking for the birds

Who are more than just some meat

They can’t speak themselves

So please lets be their voice
Every one born into this

For them there was no choice

For you did not see me die

And you did not see me bleed
You did not hear me cry

For the me
at that you don’t need

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The Things That Can’t Be Done


A slightly paraphrased version of an old Edgar Guest poem, The Things That Can’t Be Done:

The Things That Can’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But she with a chuckle replied
that maybe it couldn’t but she would be one
who wouldn’t say so till she’d tried.
So she buckled right in with a trace of a grin
on her face. If she worried she hid it.
She started to sing as she tackled the thing
that couldn’t be done, and she did it!

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From: http://singaporecommunitycats.wordpress.com/


There comes a time when the world ends

Sucked inside a speck of dust

And it stays like that for untellable time

Until a ripple of impossibility

Dreams of tickling the shore of the real

And a trillion suns explode

~ Bhikkhu Sujato ~

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Pain and grief

come to stay my old friends

for as long as you wish

You are just a part of my dream

I feel the vehicle crushing my body

I feel the bewilderment and loss

Who drove that vehicle

I did…in my dream of time and space and form

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I shall say that I want it all

I shall say that I Want It All

I shall say that I want it all.

If you ask me how much I want,

I shall tell you that I want it all.

You and I and everyone are flowing this morning

Into the marvelous stream of oneness.

Small pieces of imagination that we are,

We have come a long way to find ourselves,

And for ourselves in the dark,

The illusion of emancipation.

This morning my brother is back from his long adventure.

He kneels before the altar and his eyes are filled with tears.

His soul is looking for a shore to put an anchor,

My own image of long ago.

Let him kneel there and weep,

Let him cry his heart out.

Let him have his refuge for a thousand years.

Enough to dry all his tears.

Because one of these nights I shall come.

I have to come and set fire to this small cottage of his on a hill.

His last shelter my fire will destroy,

Destroy everything.

Taking away from him the only life raft he has, after a shipwreck.

In the utmost anguish of his soul,

The shell will break.

The light of the burning hut will witness, gloriously, his deliverance.

I will wait for him beside the burn
ing cottage,

Tears will run down my cheeks.

I shall be there to contemplate his new existence,

And hold his hand in mine,

And ask him how much he would want.

He will smile at me and say that he wants it all.

Just as I did.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Earth Day

Mother Earth

She gave birth to us

not long ago

We are the youngest

of her children

All other earthlings love her

And take good care of her

We greedy humans

only cause her grief

We exploit and kill our brothers and sisters

destroy her forests, polluting her rivers

Will we soon drown in her tears

or can we still repent and try to save her

– save us?

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Peace at the centre of the hurricane

The Hurricane
The angry hurricane strikes without warning
Leaving you stunned and speechless
Guilt appears – What have I done to deserve this?
Anger appears – I do not deserve this!
There is calm and peace at the center
Stay right there without fear
The hurricane is gone in a moment
A cool breeze is now blowing
A storm is just air
You breathe it in and breathe it out

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The Middle Way

The Middle Way

“The Middle Way excludes nothing, and becoming stuck is the only way we detour from the Path.

We pay attention to whatever our experience is and embrace it – but without clinging.

We don’t try to hold onto it, and we don’t try to push it away: we just let it be.

Everything is allowed to simply come and go of its own accord.

All of our thoughts, emotions, understandings, and realizations are like bubbles, arising one moment and disappearing in the next moment.

Not grasping or resisting, we walk the Middle Way.”

Excerpt from the book “The Path of the Human Being? by Dennis Genpo Merzel

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The Old Mendicant

From The Red Queen’s blog:


The Old Mendicant

Being rock, being gas, being mist, being mind,

being the mesons traveling among the galaxies at the speed of light,

You have come here, my beloved one

and your eyes shine so beautifully and deep.

You have taken the path traced for you from the non-beginning and the never-ending.

You say that on your way here, you have gone through millions of births and deaths.

Innumerable times you have been transformed into fire storms in outer space.

You have used your own body to measure the age of mountains and rivers,

You have manifested yourself as trees, grass, butterflies, single celled beings and as chrysanthemums,

But the eyes with which you look at me this morning tell me that you have never died.

Your smile invites me into the game whose beginning no-one knows, the game of hide and seek

Oh green caterpillar, you are solemnly using your body

to measure the length of the rose branch that grew last summer.

Everyone says that you, my beloved, were just born this spring…

Tell me, how long have you been around?

Why wait until this moment to reveal yourself to me,

carrying with you that smile which is so silent and so deep.

Oh caterpillar
, suns, moons, and stars flow out each time you exhale,

Who knows that the infinitely large must be found in your tiny body.

Upon each one point of your body, thousands of Buddha-fields have been established.

With each stretch of your body, you measure time from the non-beginning to the never-ending.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus Flower

I almost didn’t notice her

A single flower in full bloom

Oddly facing me instead of the sun

Did she want to be seen before her life started fading away

She made me smile as I admired her beauty

Each petal soft and silky…like the wings of a butterfly

Swirls of colour… bright pink, orange, yellow

She is fading now…impermanence is her nature…our nature

I thank the flower for nourishing me

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Cat-feeding meditation

There is Sitting Meditation,

Walking Meditation

and there is Cat-feeding Meditation…

Starting out with a heavy load

and heavy heart

A feeling of tightness in my chest

As time passes and the load lightens

I feel lighter, too

All tension has gone

I breathe easily

Enjoying the cool wind on my face

A little half-smile has appeared

all on its own

The darkness above has opened up

revealing a golden moon

surrounded by silvery clouds

A mandala in the sky

I am in the here and now

nothing else matters

hours pass in no time

Then tiredness creeps back into my body

as I make my way home


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Know all things to be like this:

A mirage, a cloud castle,

A dream, an apparition,

Without essence, but with qualities that can be seen.

Know all things to be like this:

As the moon in a bright sky

In some clear lake reflected,

Though to that lake the moon has never moved.

Know all things to be like this:

As an echo that derives

From music, sounds, weeping,

Yet in that echo is no melody.

Know all things to be like this:

As a magician makes illusions

Of horses, oxen, carts and other things,

Nothing is as it appears.

– The Buddha

Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness towards all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true spirituality.

A Tibetan Master

From: ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’

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