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The realm of the knowable

What we really know in each moment is very limited. All we can say for sure at any given moment is that we see a world around us, we feel the sensation of a body, and that there are thoughts floating through our consciousness. This is the extend of what is knowable. To go beyond that is dealing with concepts, not truth.
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July 11, 2019
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Judgments

Judgments are not just negative thoughts; they are all the suffering you go through in life. Your resistance to people and situation is your judgment.
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July 11, 2019
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Radiant Beings

We are pure Light, that is our true nature. We are radiant beings because this inner Light shines through everything we see, hear, and do. To radiate and expand is our nature. This Light is neutral by itself but always takes on the coloration of our thoughts. Complaint is an energy field. To complain about something or to hear complaint are both choices we made because we have created an energy field of darkness and violence. When we choose to radiate only pure Light, there is no complaint to be made or to be heard.
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July 11, 2019
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Getting to Know Miao Tsan, One Word at a Time

Just as the changing color of a single leaf reveals the arrival of autumn, understanding the individual can lead to an understanding of the Collective. * I don't know a lot of Buddhist monks. Before I edited Just Use This Mind, my exposure to monks in general was limited to some kind Catholic men who came out of the desert to attend my mother-in-law's funeral years ago. An aura of mystery surrounded them, and while I can't remember if their robes were brown or black, if they were from the part of the Church known for scholarship or for good…
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July 11, 2019
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Why Are You Such a Pain?

Encounters with certain people, for example, may tend to trigger confrontational interactions. While we can easily justify our dislike of another person, the real question worth asking is why does this person manifest in our reality in the first place? Why does his or her presence bring about such anxiety?* One experience I have had again and again in my editing career is that the universe may look chaotic, but just when I need to learn a certain lesson, a manuscript about that very subject happens to land on my desk. I've seen it happen too often to believe that…
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July 11, 2019
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Minding My Manners

The Mind is both the entry to life as well as the exit for all our problems. So to change our life and resolve out problems, we must start with the Mind--the source of all phenomena--by changing our thoughts.* Recently, I caught myself whining that my children were not using particularly nice table manners. Familiar nagging noises came out of my mouth, "Were you raised by wolves?" "What will you do if the Queen invites you to dinner?" "You're making this meal a very unpleasant affair for your father and me." Blah blah blah. I was the reincarnation of Charlie…
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July 11, 2019
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Express Yourself!

We're in the process of editing the Master's next book, The Origin Is Pure, in English. It's a fascinating process; every time I work on it, I learn something new about the Master's teaching--which I would expect--and the editorial process also gives me new understanding--which is like bonus enlightenment. Here's how we do it: Miao Tsan writes his books in Chinese. This fact alone has given me new insight, because I never knew how many different types of Chinese there are. He writes in his native tongue, which is traditional Chinese. Jay then translates it into English. Jay is well…
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July 11, 2019
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A Cup of Tea

My mother always told me a watched pot never boils. She said I would always find what I was looking for in the last place I looked. I wanted to understand what she meant, but the truth of her statements eluded me. Of course the pot would boil. Of course I could find what I was seeking if I knew where to look. I just didn't know when or where. I'm making tea tonight after a long week. I'm watching the pot, thinking of my mother and her wisdom. I'm also thinking about Miao Tsan, and the wisdom he has…
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July 11, 2019
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eWisdom

I was feeling sorry for myself this morning, and I opened my email, dreading what I might find. At the top of the Sisyphean list was the Wisdom of the Week. These little nuggets are sent out to people on a distribution list who have indicated that they are interested in getting a bit of wisdom from Master Miao Tsan in their in-box. The thoughts are certainly not hand-selected for the individual recipients. "Our habitual mental tendency is the direction our thoughts take when we don't consciously overcome this inertia to free them from the path of least resistance." From "Just…
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July 11, 2019
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Meet Larry Payne

When you pick up a book, it seems to have a power that goes beyond the passivity of ink on paper. It emanates energy, beckoning you to read, promising entertainment, education or enlightenment. Much like a prayer shawl that holds the intention of the creator, a book, well-done, holds the intention of each individual who has worked on it. The author, first and foremost, but then a team of individuals: editors, proofers, designers, copywriters, printers, distributors, sales people and eventually other readers. A book, well-done, has been cared for and nurtured at every stage since it left its creator's mind.…
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July 11, 2019