*Brian Wilcox. 'the Light remains'. Flickr
Friends (Quakers) meetinghouse, Damariscotta, Maine. ... Friends often use "Light" for the ineffable Presence called by many different words, by different sects and persons within the sects. Buddhists often refer to the Primordial Light or the Great Eastern Sun. Friends, ranging from secular liberal to evangelical Christian, have no one way of speaking of this Presence, honoring we each have different ways to relate with this Mystery.
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Written on the ninth day of silent retreat at Raven's Rest hermitage, in the Great Smoky Mountains, outside Hot Springs, North Carolina.
A continuance of dialogues with a sage who did not see himself as a sage, but others did; from Brian K. Wilcox. "Meetings with an Anonymous Sage."
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After group meditation one evening, Gerald wished to ask a question. After the sage welcomed him to do so, Gerald said, "I'm struggling with contentment. What does it mean to live with contentment? How do I do that?"
The sage mused a time with eyes closed, as he often did before replying to a question. Then, he spoke, "Hanshan said...
'I often think of wrens
that live peacefully on one branch.'"
*Brian Wilcox. 'the Silence within'. Flickr
*(C)Brian K. Wilcox, 2019
Brian's book, An Ache for Union: Oneness with God through Love, can be ordered from major booksellers online, including the publisher 1stBooks.
*Quote from Kazuaki Tanahashi, Levitt, Peter, Trans. The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Lengendary Hanshan.