The Maples of Autumn

Fall Gold by Lisa Ernst

Fall Gold by Lisa Ernst

My legacy —
What will it be?
Flowers in spring,
The cuckoo in summer,
And the crimson maples
Of autumn…

~Ryokan

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Buddhist Geeks Podcast — Working With Questions in Your Practice

I was interviewed recently by Vincent Horn, founder of Buddhist Geeks, and we talked about how to work with questions in your practice. Unanswered questions, intractable situations often appear to stand in the way of living from our deepest intentions. We might feel blocked even from knowing what our true priorities are. But if we take time to turn inward with a spirit of patience and inquiry, instead of requiring the dilemmas to go away, or insisting on immediate resolutions, we can discover the resources that we need.  Internal dilemmas contain a rich source of insight; learning to live with them brings about a radical shift that opens the door to clarity and equanimity.

You can click on the image below to access the podcast. I hope you enjoy it!

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Abandon This Fleeting World

The rain has stopped, the clouds have drifted away,
and the weather is clear again.
If your heart is pure, then all things in your world are pure.
Abandon this fleeting world, abandon yourself,
Then the moon and flowers will guide you along the way.

– Ryokan

Reelfoot Lake Lotus photography by Lisa Ernst

Reelfoot Lake Lotus
photography by Lisa Ernst

 

The Lotus

First blooming in the Western Paradise,
The lotus has delighted us for ages.
Its white petals are covered with dew,
its jade green leaves spread out over the pond,
And its pure fragrance perfumes the wind.
Cool and majestic, it raises from the murky water.
The sun sets behind the mountains
But I remain in the darkness, too captivated to leave.

– Ryokan

Lotus at Reelfoot Lake photography by Lisa Ernst

Lotus at Reelfoot Lake
photography by Lisa Ernst

The Whole World Will Shine

The monkey is reaching
For the moon in the water.
Until death overtakes him
He’ll never give up.
If he’d let go the branch and
Disappear in the deep pool,
The whole world would shine
With dazzling pureness.
Hakuin

Yellow Leaf  Photography by Lisa Ernst

Yellow Leaf
Photography by Lisa Ernst