Tuesday, December 15, 2009


We live in illusion

And the appearance of things.
There is a reality.
We are that reality.
When you understand this,
You see that you are nothing.
And being nothing,
You are everything.
That is all.

~Kalu Rinpoche~

Being nothing, I am free
Being everything, I am connected
No preference
Whatever awareness arises
I accept.
Every thing
Changes to
No thing
And changes again...
Knowing this
I smile.

The opening phrase in green, "we live in illusion", seems to 'insist' on sitting apart from the rest of Rinpoche's words!  I tried again and again to get it to sit with its partners in poetry - I could not.  So I accept this and I smile.  :-) 

All words in mauve originate with me and the two photographs in this post were taken last summer of a buddha statue that sits gently shaded by a tree in my garden. 


  1. i have to think about this one, really...will get back to you in the morning...

  2. oh i love this post very much.
    so peaceful
    so accepting
    thank you

  3. I really appreaciated reading this post which kind of grounds my attention before heading off to work.

  4. The photography is perfect, Bonnie. And I love the quote and your commentary.

  5. Be nothing and you are everything is among my favorite quotes. You words and photos are just matching. Such a treat..

  6. This certainly confrims what my older brother always said to me "You are NOTHING!"...

  7. Bonnie when I come here all I ever seem to say is beautiful. And once again that is what I am left with. Beautiful.


  8. Being nothing/being everything/being the universe/being a snowflake, soon gone.
    No matter, while I am here I am me. And when I am no longer here and me, I will be a part of the universe.

    Comforting, isn't it?

  9. What a peaceful, loving post, Bonnie. Thank you for sharing these wise words. Blessings!!!

  10. There is a beautiful tranquility to your words, Bonnie! You and your blog are a gift!!! ~Janine XO

  11. C’est simple mais profound (it’s simple but deep?) and very empowering really. I understand it well (and agree – I have been a Buddhist since the 60s.)

  12. Vagabonde: Oui, les choses le plus profond sont toujour simple, il me semble. (I speak French but my writing and grammar often leave much to be desired!) I love receiving comments in French. Thank you.


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