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Effort to go beyond oneself, the necessity of renonciation

Jeanne de Salzmann : I am open to a new intelligence

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Jeanne de Salzmann (1889-1990) in her hundredth year in New York Jeanne de Salzmann was one of the main disciples of G.I. Gurdjieff. She was responsible for transmitting his teaching through the Gurdjieff Institute of Paris, the Gurdjieff Foundation of … Continue reading

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Edward Salim Michael : the quality and the intensity of one’s initial efforts

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One day, when he was outside his bungalow to practice his daily concentration exercises, Salim saw on the ground, not far from him, an enormous eagle holding something in its talons. With his beak the eagle tore off a morsel … Continue reading

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Gurdjieff : One must learn to pray

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ONE MUST LEARN TO PRAY, JUST AS ONE MUST LEARN EVERYTHING ELSE. Whoever knows how to pray and is able to concentrate in the proper way, his prayer can give results. But it must be understood that there are different … Continue reading

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Ajahn Jayasaro : Chanda, the right motivation

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The Buddha spoke of two kinds of desire: desire that arises from ignorance and delusion, which is called tanha, craving, and desire that arises from wisdom and intelligence, which is called kusala-chanda, or dhamma-chanda, or most simply chanda. Chanda has … Continue reading

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Thomas a Kempis : The Imitation of Christ

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According to our resolution so is the rate of our progress, and much diligence is needful for him who would make good progress.  For if he who resolveth bravely oftentimes falleth short, how shall it be with him who resolveth … Continue reading

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Empty Cloud : In the pure single-mindedness of my meditation

Empty Cloud  A Chinese Zen Master (1840-1960) Long before the time of his death in 1959 at the venerable age of 120 on Mount Yun-ju, Jiangxi Province, Master Xu-yun’s name was known and revered in every Chinese Buddhist temple and … Continue reading

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Edward Salim Michael : exercise in the street

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While he is walking in the street, he will need not only to be continually listening to the particular sound within his head and his ears mentioned earlier, but he must also, while he is looking at anything, try to … Continue reading

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The Buddha speaks : The right method

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A puzzled seeker asked the Buddha : “I have heard that some of your disciples meditate with expectations, others meditate with no expectations, and yet others are indifferent to the result. What is the best ? The Buddha answered : Whether … Continue reading

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Edward Salim Michael : Changing the past

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As the past and the future converge at every instant in the present, the seriousness with which a motivated aspirant accomplishes his spiritual practice in the present (meditation or other exercises) is not only tracing the future for him, but … Continue reading

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Imitation of Christ – Thomas a Kempis –

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According to our resolution so is the rate of our progress, and much diligence is needful for him who would make good progress.  For if he who resolveth bravely oftentimes falleth short, how shall it be with him who resolveth … Continue reading

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