8-12-13 Taming Tomorrow


photo of the Rocky Mountains from a plane by me

Verses on the Faith-Mind,

by the third Chinese Zen Patriarch,

Hsin Hsin Ming by Seng-T'san

1st 6 verses

The Great Way is not difficult
For those who have no preferences.
When love and hate both disappear
All things are clear and undisguised.

Make the smallest distinction, however,
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
If you wish to see the truth
Then hold no opinions for or against anything.

To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of things is not understood
the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

The Way is perfect like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things.

Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene in the oneness of things
and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity
your very effort fills you with activity
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other
you will never know Oneness
Dear Friends,
I hope you are well and happy and are serene in the oneness of things.
This is a reminder that there will be a gathering tomorrow eening at St. Matthew and Mark Church in West Barrington at 6:30 PM. We will be sitting/walking/sitting, I will give a talk and offer a guided practice, and we will enjoy sharing the Dharma and being together. I hope that you will be able to be with us!
Thay is now in North America. He arrived in Canada on Thursday. He will be touring and giving many teachings. His schedule can be found at tnhtour.org.
For those of you able to be with him for the Blue Cliff Retreat at the end of the month, Kristen Morelli has been kind enough to offer to organize ride sharing. If you are interested, please contact her at
For those of you interested in attending the Peace Walk which Thay will lead in Boston on September 15, and are interested in ride sharing, Cindy has kindly offered to organize rides for that. You can contact her at westnest5@verizon.net
SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!!  Saturday, September 21, 11-3PM  for the Annual Sangha Picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol. Bring a vegetarian dish, games, songs, poems, jokes..etc,etc,etc. to share !!! Find the info at  http://joannefriday.com/calendar/
We have a great gift in the website...tnhaudio.org. Thay's talks from the summer retreat are available there. The  fifteenth session on questions and answers was especially wonderful. Enjoy!
For those of you who were wanting more info regarding Jessica's bug relocator that she mentioned at the last meeting...see her note below!
Two videos that illustrate...
incredible power of concentration and creativity!
with much love and the freshness of a summer morning and twenty-four brand new hours for you,
Hi Everyone,
I spoke about this at the MindTamers sangha last week and several people were interested in it, so I thought I would share with you all as well.  I typically used a paper plate and cup as my "bug relocating device", to catch bugs in the house and relocate them outside.  But I have found that there are some very agile and difficult-to-catch bugs here in Rehoboth, so I needed something that worked a bit better.  I found this device online and have been using it the past few months- it works really well and doesn't hurt the bugs!  (They seem a bit shocked at first, when suddenly they are sucked into a cup, but they aren't hurt, and are much easier to relocate outside):

http://www.amazon.com/ BugZooka-Bug-Catcher-Vacuum- Humanely/dp/B003168P16/ref=sr_ 1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375146356&sr= 8-1&keywords=bugzooka

Happy bug rescuing!