Logoi 3) “If you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
Logoi 29) “I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”
Logoi 70) “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
Logoi 77) “It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the All. From Me did the All come forth, and unto Me did the All extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find Me there.”
and my favorite with a twist of zen,
Logoi 89) “Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?”
The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of 114 traditional Sayings (logoi) of Jesus. It is attributed to Didymos Judas Thomas, the “Doubting Thomas” of the canonical Gospels, and according to many early traditions, the twin brother of Jesus (“didymos” means “twin” in Greek). We have two versions of the Gospel of Thomas today. The first was discovered in the late 1800′s among the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and consists of fragments of a Greek version, which has been dated to c. 200. The second is a complete version, in Coptic, from Codex II of the Nag Hammadi finds. Thomas was probably first written in Greek (or possibly even Syriac or Aramaic) sometime between the mid 1st and 2nd centuries. Read the Gospel of Thomas and additional commentary at - http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/thomas.htm
Ted Nottingham offers a special presentation on key passages of the Gospel of Thomas, considered to be older than the four Gospels and source material for them. In these sayings of Jesus, lost to the world for two thousand years, we find a depth of wisdom and spiritual knowledge (gnosis) that is utterly transformational to those who would meditate on them and apply them to the moments of their lives. Answers to Questions on the Gospel of Thomas and Mystical Christianity (Q$A from above lecture) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQUmz6KuECs
Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer whose horse ran away. All the neighbors came around to commemorate that evening, “So sorry that your horse has run away, that’s too bad.” and he said, “Maybe.”
The next day the horse came back, bringing seven wild horses with it. Everyone came around in the evening and said, “Oh isn’t that lucky, what a great turn of events, you’ve now got eight horses.” and he said, “Maybe.”
The next day his son tried to break one of the horses and ride it, but was thrown and ended up breaking his leg. They all said, “Oh dear that’s too bad.” and he said, “Maybe.”
The following day the conscription officers came around to recruit, or to force people into the army but they rejected his son because he had a broken leg. All the people came around and said, “That’s great.” and he said, “Maybe.”
Alan Watt’s description of the tale of the Chinese farmer, in relation to ‘non-choosing’ and neutrality.
Gotta get me one of these suits for hiking! Maybe a black bear suit would be more appropriate in my part of the woods, wouldn’t be as cute though.
Training a captive-bred giant panda to live in the wild requires both effort and imagination, according to staff at the Hetaoping Wilderness Training Base in southwest China’s Wolong Nature Reserve. Staff members have been wearing specially-made panda suits to interact with giant panda Zhang Xiang in preparation for releasing her to the wild scheduled for Wednesday. Experts wanted to train her survival skills and ultimately release her to the wild. The special giant panda suits are essential to create an illusion for Zhang Xiang to accept the approaching staff as adult giant pandas. Pandas have a very sensitive sense of smell. They can identify the enemy merely by smell, so the panda costumes are coated with panda urine and dung.
While hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains, Lily and Neko stop and pose for a photo above Armour Spring with Florida Canyon in the background.
Photo inspired from the show Grizzly Adams.
“Deep inside the forest is a door into another land, here is our life and home. We are staying, here forever in the beauty of this place all alone. We keep on hopin’, maybe there’s a world in which we don’t have to run and maybe, there’s a time we’ll call our own living free in harmony and majesty… take me home, take me home.”
Neko inspects some wildflowers growing along the Agua Caliente Trail in the Santa Rita Mountains. Red flowers are Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), whites are Fleabane (Erieron divergens) and yellows are Mountain Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii)
A tribute to Alan Watts with John C. Lilly, Tony Lilly, Laura Huxley, Virginia Dennison, Oliver Andrews, Hershel Lineman and his daughter Joan Watts. Recorded a few months after his death in November 1973.
Clip from Roland Griffiths presentation at SAND’12, California. For the complete talk please visit:
Mystical-type experiences are profound experiences characterized by a sense of the interconnectedness of all people and things, often accompanied by a sense of sacredness, feelings of joy and peace, and a sense of encountering ultimate reality. Although such experiences have been described by mystics and religious figures throughout the ages, there are few meaningful prospective experimental studies because such experiences usually occur at low rates and often unpredictably. Recent studies at Johns Hopkins showed that, under carefully controlled conditions, psilocybin can occasion profound personally and spiritually meaningful mystical-type experiences in the majority of healthy participants. Analysis showed that mystical-type experiences mediate sustained positive changes in attitudes, moods, personality, and behavior. With regard to attitudes about Self, volunteers endorsed feeling more personal integration, inner authority, creativity, authenticity, and self-confidence. They also reported an increased sense that all of life is interconnected, and less concern with thoughts and feelings about their bodies. An ongoing study in novice meditators is exploring whether psilocybin-occasioned mystical-type experiences can further enhance the positive persisting effects of meditation and other spiritual practices. Therapeutic studies are currently investigating psilocybin-facilitated treatment of anxiety and depression in cancer patients and psilocybin-facilitated cigarette smoking cessation using a cognitive-behavioral approach. Further research with psilocybin can be expected to provide unique insights into the biology and psychology of mystical experience, and may hold promise as a paradigm-shifting treatment approach.
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. is a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.