Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Situation Here

The upper photo shows conditions last evening. The lower photo shows atmospheric conditions some fifty miles from the fire, earlier today. Mandatory evacuation orders are still in effect, and the range of voluntary evacuation has been expanded. This fire is burning in all directions now. One of the aircraft fighting the fire crashed this afternoon, in strong winds.

Freed from the idea that compassion is a deity;
Freed from the idea of a deity as an external being;
Freed from the idea of separate compassion;
We hear, and rapidly take careful notice of the cries of frightened beings throughout the six realms.
We think that we cannot bear to
have them remain in fear for even
one millisecond longer.
Like the wind moving across the
grass, we express a perfectly natural
reaction to their state, and offer them
a self-created expanse of tranquility
in which to approach.
With complete gentleness, we extend refuge, simultaneously releasing
them into the freedom from all fear,
assured that they will be reborn as
humans, will hear the Dharma, and
will reach enlightenment for the
benefit of others.
Wasting no moment, with no
thought of wisdom, and no time for
method, we are confident of the
spontaneously correct activity in
which we engage together with the
Buddhas of all times and directions.
Our minds melt into the minds of
the suffering beings, bringing them
solace, instantaneously setting them
to rest.
We do not pause to consider that
we have done anything at all.

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