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Celebrate with presence!

His disciples said to Him , “When will the kingdom come?”
And The Christ said: “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not come by a matter of saying ‘here it is’ or ‘there it is’! Rather the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth and men do not see it.”

“The man that takes to the plow and looks back is not worthy of the kingdom of heaven.” Luke 9:62

“We must not wish anything other than what happens from moment to moment, all the while, however, exercising ourselves in goodness.”–St Catherine of Genoa

“…Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”–Gospel of Thomas

“The Kingdom of God is within you.”–Luke 17:20-21

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,  for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~~Matthew 6:25-34

“Pray and you will be condemned…”–Gospel of Thomas (14a)

Lama Foundation, New Mexico vs The Monster with Three Thousand Heads

I went to the Lama Foundation with the main purpose of sharing my book and helping out. Lama is a spiritual community, on the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico, where all religions meet in harmony to find common ground. You may want to visit sometime. 

Sunset on a rainy day, a gift

A few minutes before. Can you see the lightning? Enlarge if you can’t.

Most of the permanent residents at Lama are well-balanced people. Meet Joe, Megan and Pema below:

Pema is the youngest resident.

Megan and Pema

Bobby was the “watch” (resident in charge), almost always a beaming smile.

Some of the helpers and “stewards”, however, were heavily laden with ego, unable to smile: I even saw a few hateful looks directed at my book (I left a copy for their library anyway). But that is understandable because the reason they are there is to find presence and balance. Besides, religion is such an easy prey for the ego: Do you think the Christ would be sitting at the Vatican if he was here today? And wasn’t Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch of Zen Buddism, pursued by fellow monks with intent to kill? They hated his humble origins and envied his awakening. If you walk into the most remote monastery in Tibet, I bet you’ll find the monster with three thousand heads* lurking in the shadows: the world of form is its reign. Beware!

Buildings in Lama are made to withstand harsh winters.

The Dome

Dome’s roof

Sunset from the Dome

Inside, facing entrance

My friend Seth working in the vegetable garden. He was the “watch” when I left.

Helping Lama! It took me about five days (6 hours a day) to clear these steps of weeds and dirt so the rocks could breathe. A good workout! 

Somebody’s camp in the woods. You must walk around making noise to scare the bears away.

The spring is sealed to protect the water. At the moment the water level was low.

Jill was doing a hermitage.

A shrine by the spring

Kirsten and Randy

Eli and Adam

 May the road rise with you!

On my last day I read this poem, from Kabir. He always goes to the gist of the matter.

“Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.

My shoulder is against yours.

you will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine

rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals:

not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding

around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but

vegetables.

When you really look for me, you will see me instantly –

you will find me in the tiniest house of time.

Kabir says: Students, tell me, what is God?

He is the breath inside the breath.”

More about Kabir at: http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/K/Kabir/

http://www.boloji.com/kabir/intro.htm

More about Lama: Lama Foundation: Spiritual Community, Retreat Center & Mystery …

*PS Toltecs refer to the ego as a monster with three thousand heads. It is the best definition I have ever come across, for as you cut one head off, there is another one staring at you and ready to swallow you whole.

Merry Christmas! | The Christ | Quotes

Celebrate with presence!

His disciples said to Him , “When will the kingdom come?”
And The Christ said: “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not come by a matter of saying ‘here it is’ or ‘there it is’! Rather the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth and men do not see it.”

“The man that takes to the plow and looks back is not worthy of the kingdom of heaven.” Luke 9:62

“Let thine eye be single and your whole body will be full of light”–Luke 11:34

“We must not wish anything other than what happens from moment to moment, all the while, however, exercising ourselves in goodness.”–St Catherine of Genoa

Jesus said: The seeker should not stop until he finds.  When he does find he will be disturbed. After having been disturbed he will be astonished. Then he will reign over everything.”–The Gospel of Thomas

“Pray and you will be condemned…”–Gospel of Thomas (14a)

“…Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”–Gospel of Thomas

“The Kingdom of God is within you.”–Luke 17:20-21

To the Scribes and Pharisees: “You who shut up the Kingdom of Heaven in men’s faces, neither going in yourselves nor allowing others to go in who want to.”–Mathew 23:13

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,  for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~~Matthew 6:25-34

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