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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Speak then Live

 “Be still and know that I am God.” This truth is to be lived, it is not to be merely pronounced with the mouth…. There is really nothing to argue about in this teaching; Any arguing is sure to go against the intent of it. Doctrines given up to controversy and argumentation lead of themselves to birth and death.          

   --- Hui Neng

Born 638, southwest China—died 713, the sixth great patriarch of Zen Buddhism and founder of the Southern school, which became the dominant school of Zen, both in China and in Japan.

Apparently he was one of earth's Avatars. I just read a bit about him today, but this quote really grabbed me so I wanted to share it and see if it grabs you too.

Just the kernel of it, if followed, has the potential to change life on earth for the better. Imagine if everyone lived the truths that spring from their mouths. In other words, no more lip service to the great ideas and teachings, but actual attempts to live them.

Let's consider what we say and how we live. 

We speak of love. Can we be more loving? We speak of forgiveness. Can we be more forgiving? We speak of integrity. Can we be more congruent with integrity. etc

Can we spend more time in the silence just being with the Divine?

What would our lives be like if we lived the great teachings?

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