LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS
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An integral part of Zen life, no less important than sitting itself, is manual labor. This refers to the physical labor done in a Zen monastery. At Eiheiji, along with sitting, which is done morning and night, collective manual labor is done twice daily. When winter gets underway in earnest and snow starts to pile up, next is “snow-clearing labor.”
We are at a crossroads where we realize that technologically and materially we are so advanced, but if we are going to actually survive as a species, it cannot just be by material progress. It has to be human progress, and in particular it has to be what is most valuable about the human being.
It is a powerful recognition when we realize, through the practice of solitude, that all we have ever witnessed are our own mental images. We can begin to see that our entire story and struggle, attachments and aversions, have been in reaction to nothing but our own constructed caricatures.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu translated by Stephen Mitchell; Shift Into Freedom by Loch Kelly; Technology, Attention, and Your Child’s Brain by Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D.; The Eight Laws of Change by Stephan A. Schwartz; Near Death, Now What? by Joyce Hawkes, Ph.D.; Love, Animals and Miracles by Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., poetry, reviews and more.
Truth Consciousness, founded by Prabhushri Swami Amar Jyoti, maintains Ashrams in the United States devoted to the principles of Truth and Dharma (righteousness) and the freeing of human consciousness into Divine Consciousness.
In each quarterly issue of LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS you will find spiritual inspiration on your path through articles on wisdom teachings, spiritual practices, science and spirituality, prayer and meditation, healing, personal journeys, sacred ecology, transformational art, spiritual cinema, reviews and more - writings that will encourage and inform your journey. The knowledge and insights within each issue will help you live a more aware, conscious and fulfilling life.
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