Posts Tagged ‘Perennial wisdom’

Ikkyu – see HERE


I was so happy that my friends at A Circle of Friends an Interspirituality site – HERE– sent out this quotation;

“Studying texts and stiff meditation can make you lose your Original Mind.

A solitary tune by a fisherman, though, can be an invaluable treasure.

Dusk, rain on the river, the moon peeking in and out of the clouds.

Elegant beyond words, he chants his songs night after night.”


to put alongside this;

The great Master Dogen said,

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,

to study the self is to forget the self, and

to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”

To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things.

and this;

“Tao gives birth to one,

One gives birth to two,

Two gives birth to three,

Three gives birth to ten thousand beings.

Ten thousand beings carry yin on their backs and embrace yang in their front,

Blending these two vital breaths to attain harmony.”

along with this;


“Every being in the universe

is an expression of the Tao.

It springs into existence,

unconscious, perfect, free,

takes on a physical body,

lets circumstances complete it.

That is why every being spontaneously honors the Tao.


“The Tao gives birth to all beings,

nourishes them, maintains them,

cares for them, comforts them, protects them,

takes them back to itself,

creating without possessing, acting without expecting,

guiding without interfering.

 That is why love of the Tao is in the very nature of things.”  

(Stephen Mitchell’s interpretation of chapter 51 or the Tao Te Ching talks of the ongoing relationship between Tao and

the ten thousand things – SOURCE )


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Click HERE to read the full article at The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

The Tree of Contemplative Practices

The Tree illustrates some of the contemplative practices currently in use in secular organizational and academic settings. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Below the Tree you will find links to descriptions of many of these practices as well as a more in-depth description of the Tree and image files for downloading.

We hope to soon offer more information and resources on all of the practices listed on the Tree. Thank you for your patience!

The Tree of Contemplative Practices

© The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Concept & design by Maia Duerr; illustration by Carrie Bergman

Understanding the Tree

On the Tree of Contemplative Practices, the roots symbolize the two intentions that are the foundation of all contemplative practices: cultivating awareness and developing a stronger connection to God, the divine, or inner wisdom. The roots of the tree encompass and transcend differences in the religious traditions from which many of the practices originated, and allow room for the inclusion of new practices that are being created in secular contexts.

The branches represent the different groupings of practices. For example, Stillness Practices focus on quieting the mind and body in order to develop calmness and focus. Generative Practices come in many different forms (i.e. prayers, visualizations, chanting) but share the common intent of generating thoughts and feelings of devotion and compassion, rather than calming and quieting the mind. Please note that these classifications are not definitive. For example, mantra repetition may be considered a Stillness Practice rather than a Generative one.

Any activities not included on this Tree (including those which may seem more mundane, such as gardening, eating, or taking a bath) are a contemplative practice when done with the intent of cultivating awareness, or developing a stronger connection with God or one’s inner wisdom. We offer a free download of a blank Tree so that you can customize it and include your own practices.



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sun-800px-refracted_sun_rising_over_virginia_beachSome truths pass – like fashion. Some truths are eternal; they are called Perennial Wisdom.

Perennial Wisdom includes the essential structure of our spirituality and how we function as human beings. By another name that’s mysticism’ – the heart of religion.  One definition of mysticism is, ‘direct experience of ultimate reality’. 

When mysticism is shifted from the centre, religion becomes an empty shell. Great mystics include Rumi, Hildegard of Bingen, Abraham Joshua Heschel and many others. What about a modern teacher such as Ken Wilber or Eckhart Tolle?

Without an active relationship with Perennial Wisdom we, in any age, become lost in a wasteland.

‘Universalism’ = the realization of oneness – in the light of such teachings as Ghandi’s, “God has no religion.  He also said when asked if he was a Hindu, “Yes I am. I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist and a Jew.” It is the realization that through the ages humankind, the Holy Spirit and ‘God’ have always been one, as in;This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.” – Baha’u’llah (Gleanings LXX)

Unless we understand our practice we cannot practice our understanding. 

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Course blog is HERE

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