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A Light in the Dark

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“The darker it gets, the more brightly the light shines”

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Just as a smile is infectious and causes delight in others, so, much more powerfully, our wisdom and compassion shines like a warm and tender light on those around us, and our very being becomes a gift to others…

The darker it gets, the more brightly the light shines.

I once asked Ringu Tulku Rinpoche how to deal with the enormity of what we (society) may be facing. His simple answer impressed me deeply. If you do your best and the situation is turned around then that is good and there will be good fruits of those actions.

But, he said, if you do your best and the situation is not turned around then that is still good and there will still be good fruits of those actions. We will never know if it is enough. Motivation and intention is everything. The outcome is out of our hands.

- “The Buddha produced a startling, detailed analysis of all our ills and their causes as well as solutions to them… then offered the most comprehensive remedy…”
Read Colin Moore’s essay: “Ways towards sustainable living”


Colin Moore spends much of his time being a dad and husband whilst also teaching in the Bilingual Project in the wilds of Northern Spain where he lives with his wife and son. Close to mountainous and pristine National Parks he is yet to see the wolves that run where he lives or the bears that stumble through the vast oak forests. He continues to contemplate and practice the Buddhism he studied in various communities including Samye Ling, the Sharpham North Community and the Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry. The article was originally based on a talk he was asked to give by Akong Tulku Rimpoche at the 1991 Edinburgh Peace Festival.

Previously published by Parallax Press in: “Mindfulness in the Marketplace“, in 2002

Kindly contributed to Zen Moments by the author.


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The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life

By Jean-Francois Revel & Matthieu Ricard

star50 tpng A Light in the Dark “Atheist, humanist father and Buddhist monk son hold a dialogue”,

“The Monk and the Philosopher is a dialogue between a father who is an authority on Western philosophy (one of his books is entitled: From Thales to Kant) and a son who in his twenties took a doctorate in molecular biology at the Institut Pasteur and later became a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.

From the very first exchange between father and son the book provides a surprising jolt of energy and clarity to the reader. Unnecessary things weighing on the mind fall away and one is welcomed into an invigorating world of essentials. The company of these two first rate minds, narrating the experiences of life that led them to the conclusions they hold – atheist humanism versus the view on the path toward Buddhist enlightenment, raises one’s own capacity for “the examined life” that Socrates considered the only kind “worth living,” and makes one feel the thrill of the mind working as a powerful instrument capable of cutting through sloth, avoidance and fuzziness to arrive at the threshold of a new awareness. (Like Keats, “Then felt I like some watcher of the skies when a new planet swims into his ken”).” Amazon customer Book Review

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2 Comments

  1. Wise and inspiring… good words for when doing the “right” thing seems in vain.

  2. interesting flip flop of logic, and definitely a keeper to treasure…

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