What is Truth? What is this truth to which you refer? There was once a Zen monk who asked his master to reveal to him Truth. He asked: 'master, is there any deeper teaching which you have not revealed yet to me?' His master replied: 'you have tasted the best wine of Zen. You have finished already three cups. And you still say that your mouth is not wet?'
That is how blind we are. Where is Truth? For you truth is just a concept, an idea. When you sit in meditation what do you think you experience? Isn't it Truth itself? What more do you want?
I have nothing to offer you! I am empty. I just Am. I am living in Not-knowing. Knowing is a burden. Not-knowing is Freedom. Knowledge separates you from Reality. Not-knowing allows you to live reality directly. Meet yourself! Relax into What Is. Surrender to Reality. Let go of the mind. Be the Truth! Truth is nothing `special'. In Zen they say that nothing is better than nothing. Surrender to What Is and not to what could be.
- I pass this gift on to you as it was passed to me by Mahamudra
On the Position of Women in Islam and in Islamic Society by Dr. Hassan al-Turabi "A revolution against the condition of women in the traditional Muslim societies is inevitable. The Islamists are urged by their own ideals to reform the traditional society and to close the gap between the fallen historical reality and the desired model of ideal Islam."
Shirin Ebadi Book Excerpts (BadJens.com) Excerpts from the book, Women's Rights in the Laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran by Shirin Ebadi, published in Iran in 2002
Progressive Muslims Network The PMN supports the efforts of Islamic feminists in working to bring about the equality of men and women. They further call on Muslim countries and communities around the world to end gender motivated injustice and establish full legal and social equality for women.
Three books have recently been recommended to me that have been available for some time, but I have either missed or overlooked them while spending time writing my own stories and blog entries.
The first recommendation I've received is a novel titled The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The blogger known as Broom of Anger has recently finished reading the book and offers a brief review. See this 2003 essay from Mr. Hosseini about a trip to Afghanistan in which life imitates art. Mr. Hosseini is a physician in the San Francisco Bay Area. 'The Kite Runner' was his debut novel.
The second recommended book is Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor. An Amazon.com review says:
When it first appeared in Story magazine in 1938, Address Unknown became an immediate social phenomenon and literary sensation. Published in book form a year later and banned in Nazi Germany, it garnered high praise in the United States and much of Europe. A series of fictional letters between a Jewish art dealer living in San Francisco and his former business partner, who has returned to Germany, Address Unknown is a haunting tale of enormous and enduring impact.