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June 03, 2010

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Marcus

"But more recently my experience suggests that genuine change requires only a slight turning, as little as one degree. And, with this virtually imperceptible shift, the entire world can appear in its glittering glory."

Lovely, and so true. Thank you Barry.

Genju

For most of my life, I've believed that transformation required a truly extraordinary effort. ("If only I had ordained, then I would have gotten enlightenment.")

How fascinating... I always thought if I aimed for ordination, I would serve the world better and as a better person. But the world doesn't need one more misguided saviour and 1% reduction of my delusions is good effort.

Joseph

I just found this, thought it would fit in well...

"A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." -Albert Einstein

Barry Briggs

Thank you for your comments, everyone.

Nearly every day I have the experience that *it* is right at hand. All I need to do is turn slightly and there *it* is. Then, usually, I plunge back into self-obsession.

This slight turning is the 1% solution - the real dharma gate.

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