“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
This is the motto of the Main Street House of Prayer:
When you pray ( or practice Meditation)
Your soul sings its most beautiful song
The eternal melody that is hidden in the clay of your heart
Rises out of the silence to bless your life and your presence ...
And to mind and shelter those that are close to you
In the seen and in the unseen world
- John O'Donohue
God is available through many sources besides the religious quest. I don’t mean to imply that psychology replaces the work of religion, but it seems to me that it greatly supports religion and brings a certain clarity to areas of the human condition, especially the discovery of the unconscious.- Thomas Keating
From Franciscan Richard Rohr :
You are more divine
Prayer is the incredible intimacy
And forgiving tenderness of God around our lives
You don’t have to go on a 55 step spiritual path
to learn how to say a proper prayer.
And you don’t have to get therapy backwards, forwards and sideways in order to be able to pray.
And you don’t need to get into the fundamentalist trip
And do a heavy weight hammer job on the most interesting parts of your own contradictions and complexities in order to pray.
You can pray wherever you are now in exactly the way that you are.
That’s the most real prayer of all is the prayer that emerges from the honesty of your own personal situation and from the depth of your life precisely as it is now.
All this waiting for the divine and all this journey towards the divine is postponement and distraction.
No matter what situation you’re in you can always call from your mind a lovely whisper or song of prayer.
- John O'Donohue
From the recent inter-religious dialogues of H.H. the Dalai Lama , Father Thomas Keating , Father Richard Rohr, Brother David Steindl-rast( his book Deeper than Words alone shows how this is possible) , Thich Nhat Hanh already has participating in his large retreats world wide many Catholic monks, priests and nuns. We have come away with the very clear vision that a new dawn is happening in monastic as well as lay circles. The time is ripe for inclusive vision and practice in new spiritual communities.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half heard, in the stillness
Between the two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always--
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of things shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
Little Gidding V,
-- T.S. Eliot (1943)
"The east edge of
The Milky Way."
Like a drifting cloud,
Bound by nothing:
I just let go
Giving myself up
To the whim of the wind
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and
their parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.
Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.
Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are
crowded with perfumes,
I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it,
The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it.
The atmosphere is not a perfume, it has no taste of the
distillation, it is odorless,
It is for my mouth forever, I am in love with it,
I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised
I am mad for it to be in contact with me.
America's First Zen Master