He who utters the Name of God while walking gets the merit of a sacrifice at every step. His body becomes a place of pilgrimage. He who repeats God's Name while working always finds perfect peace. He who utters the Name of God while eating gets the merit of a fast even though he has taken his meals.
Delightful wilds where crowds don't delight, those free from passion delight, for they're not searching for sensual pleasures.
- Dhammapada 7, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Plummeting to new depths: Spectacular ice caves photographed for the first time deep beneath a Swiss glacier
These spectacular ice caves deep below a Swiss glacier have been mapped, photographed and surveyed for the first time.
A team of eight descended into the moulins – vertical shafts – below the Gorner Glacier near Zermatt in October.
Their work inside the remarkable icy caverns will help researchers get a better understanding of glaciers and their rate of melting.
Descending the depths: A team of eight climbed down the moulins - vertical shafts - in the Gorner Glacier near Zermatt in Switzerland
As a great fish swims between the banks of a river as it likes, so does the shining Self move between the states of dreaming and waking.
- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Put away all hindrances, let your mind full of love pervade one quarter of the world, and so too the second quarter, and so the third, and so the fourth. And thus the whole wide world, above, below, around and everywhere, altogether continue to pervade with love-filled thought, abounding, sublime, beyond measure, free from hatred and ill-will.
- Adapted from the Digha Nikaya
Live in the world like a waterfowl. The water clings to the bird, but the bird shakes it off. Live in the world like a mudfish. The fish lives in the mud, but its skin is always bright and shiny.
To study the Buddha is to study oneself. To study oneself is to forget oneself. To forget oneself is to be enlightened by the myriad dharmas. The be enlightened by the myriad dharmas is to bring about the dropping away of body and mind of both oneself and others. The traces of enlightenment come to an end, and this traceless enlightenment is continued endlessly.
- Dgen, "Flowers Fall"
The Imam's Rock Palace
|Perched atop a rock pinnacle at the famous Wadi Dhahr Valley, near the capital city of Sana, Yemen, is Dar al-Hajar, better known as the Imam’s Rock Palace. It is an iconic symbol of Yemen, whose picture can be found on postcards, magazines, bills, water bottles and on and on. What makes the building stand out so much is its exemplary Yemeni architecture which seems to grow out of the rocks on which it was constructed.|