"Man Of Tao" — Author Unknown

Zen-Catherine Thriver-Forestier
---“ZEN” by Catherine Thriver-Forestier

A student once asked, "What is the difference between a Man of Tao and a little man?"

The Zen Master replied, "It is simple. When the little man becomes a student, he can hardly wait to run home and shout at the top of his voice to tell everyone.
Upon hearing the words of the master, he will climb to the rooftops and shout to the people. Upon learning the ways of the master, he will parade through town telling one and all about his new knowledge”.

The Zen Master continues, "When the Man of Tao becomes a student, he will bow his head in gratitude. Upon hearing the words of the master, he will bow his head and his shoulders. Upon learning the ways of the master, he will bow to the waist and quietly walk alongside the wall so that people will not see him or notice him".

~ Unknown

"Holy Man" — Alok Jagawat

The Beggar Beside the Road
“The Beggar Beside the Road” by Catherine Thriver-Forestier

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. A man from the village decided to make the long and difficult journey to visit him. When he arrived at the house, he saw an old servant inside.

"I would like to see the Holy Man," he said to the servant.

The servant smiled and led him inside. As they walked through the house, the man from the village looked eagerly around the house, anticipating his encounter with the Holy Man. Before he knew it, he had been led to the back door and escorted outside. He stopped and turned to the servant,

"But I want to see the Holy Man!"

"You already have," said the wise-old man. "Everyone you may meet in life, even if they appear plain and insignificant, see each of them as a Holy Man. If you do this, then whatever problem you brought here today will be solved."


"No-Mind" by Sokei-an Sasaki

One day I wiped out all the notions from my mind. I gave up all desire. I discarded all the words with which I thought and stayed in quietude. I felt a little queer—as if I were being carried into something, or as if I were touching some power unknown to me . . . and Ztt! I entered. I lost the boundary of my physical body. I had my skin, of course, but I felt I was standing in the center of the cosmos. I spoke, but my words had lost their meaning. I saw people coming towards me, but all were the same man. All were myself! I had never known this world. I had believed that I was created, but now I must change my opinion: I was never created; I was the cosmos; no individual Mr. Sasaki existed.7

~ Sokei-an Sasaki

SOURCE: “The Transcendental World,” Zen Notes, vol. 1, no. 3. First Zen Institute of America. New York, 1954.

"Basics" by William Ranger

Basics first.

You are already unique, as is every other being.

You are already an aspect of everything, as is every other being.

Your path, no matter how similar it may seem on the surface, will never be exactly what anyone else’s will be, is, has been. Read More...

"What Unveiling Your Spiritual Truth Actually Means + Why It's Necessary" by Christine Hassler

When you were born, you were completely aware of the following Truths:

You are whole and complete. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you. You are worthy and deserving. You are a spiritual being having a human experience. You can trust the Universe. All there is and all that matters is Love. You are love. Read More...

"Perfect Nose" - by Keith Basar

Through my eyes I see mystique and courage;
A sturdiness in character and resolve.
Acute angles emanate an inner confidence
and a valorous strength
like an invincible warrior of old.

The defining lines speak of determination,
and your thoughtful side.

It’s sensual presence glows
with glamour, beauty and grace
And the shape is one that mesmerizingly allures
even with the most hurried of looks.

Most of all it speaks of your immeasurable femininity
intuitiveness and gentleness of heart.
Most certainly a gift from above.

How I adore your nose

© 2012 Keith Basar All Rights Reserved

"Spiritual Truths" by Steve Frazee

At SBNR.org we monitor the Internet for references to SBNR.org and the phrase “Spiritual But Not Religious”. Periodically, when we find an article about SBNR.org or the SBNR community that is materially incorrect or confusing, I make a comment in an effort to promote misunderstanding.  Typically my posts include four main points: Read More...

"Full Realization of the Holy" - Jeannie Zandi

There is nothing sweeter than sitting with another human being or beings in the full realization of the Holy, looking into their eyes, simply and fully here. I invite you for a moment to picture and invoke the highest beauty you have experienced in the company of another being. To seed yourself with the possibility of this deep sweetness, whether it’s invoked by a cat, a child, a friend, a lover or a teacher. In my experience, the deepest beauty in relating occurs when we stop and rest in presence, and the two-ness is dissolved in the light of shared being. With this taste of sweetness, let yourself rest into the ground and abide in being, allowing your system to picture this sweet otherness as you directly experience grounding in your own sovereign, felt existence.

"The Unknown" by Jeannie Zandi

When we slip out of the known, into a little gap, we oftentimes feel great discomfort. Let’s say in the middle of daydreaming in class, the teacher calls on you and you have no idea what they are talking about. There’s a gap of “I don’t know,” and a kind of terror that can rise. I should have something to show for myself! Read More...


Upon hearing of the death of Chuang Tzu's wife, his good friend Hui Tzu went over to comfort him and found the sage sitting on the ground banging on an overturned pot and singing a song at the top of his lungs. Read More...

The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul (excerpt) by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

“… the sacred principles of life have never been written down: they belong to the heartbeat, to the rhythm of the breath and the flow of blood. They are alive like the rain and the rivers, the waxing and waning of the moon. If we learn to listen we will discover that life, the Great Mother, is speaking to us, telling us what we need to know Read More...

"Love After Love" by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,