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09 February 2007 @ 05:59 pm
Listening in  
(Overheard conversation in my study)

Pema Chödrön: 
Chitta means "mind" and also "heart" or attitude." Bodhi means "awake," "enlightened," or "completely open." Sometimes the open heart and mind of bodhichitta is called the soft spot, a place as vulnerable and tender as an open wound.

Jelaluddin Rumi:  Flies collect on a wound. They cover it, those flies of your self-protected feelings, your love for what you think is yours. Let a teacher wave away the flies and put a plaster on the wound. Don't turn your head. Keep looking at the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you.

Pema:  It is equated, in part, with our ability to love. Even the cruelest people have this soft spot.  Even the most vicious animals love their offspring.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche:  Everybody loves something, even if it's only tortillas.