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Miracle of Awakening

As a blind man feels when he finds a pearl in a dustbin,

so am I amazed by the miracle of awakening

rising in my consciousness. It is the nectar of immortality

that delivers us from death, the treasure that

lifts us above poverty into the wealth of giving to life, the

tree that gives shade to us when we roam about scorched

by life, the bridge that takes us across the stormy river of

life, the cool moon of compassion that calms our mind

when it is agitated, the sun that dispels darkness, the butter

made from the milk of kindness by churning it with

the dharma. It is a feast of joy to which all are invited.

Excerpted from:

Teachings of the Buddha

written by Shantideva, edited by Jack Kornfield, page 132.

Paul on Google+ July 11, 2016