02 September, 2014

An open mind...

"If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything;
 it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are 
many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few."

SUZUKI-ROSHI

01 September, 2014

Pearls of wisdom...

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A dream is a manifestation. Just like what you live is a manifestation,
 but a dream is quicker and easier to achieve, 
and not so troublesome if there's something you don't want.

Abraham
Esther Hicks

29 August, 2014

THE BUDDHA’S ENLlGHTENMENT

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Enlightenment for Gautama [the Buddha] felt as though a prison which had confined him for thousands of lifetimes had broken open. Ignorance had been the jailkeeper. Because of ignorance, his mind had been obscured, just like the moon and stars hidden by the storm clouds. Clouded by endless waves of deluded thoughts, the mind had falsely divided reality into subject and object, self and others, existence and non-existence, birth and death, and from these discriminations arose wrong views—the prisons of feelings, craving, grasping, and becoming. The suffering of birth, old age, sickness, and death only made the prison walls thicker. The only thing to do was to seize the jailkeeper and see his true face. The jailkeeper was ignorance. . . . Once the jailkeeper was gone, the jail would disappear and never be rebuilt again.

THICH NHAT HANH

28 August, 2014

Interdependence...


In today’s highly interdependent world, individuals and nations can no longer resolve many of their problems by themselves. We need one another. We must therefore develop a sense of universal responsibility . . . It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members, and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.

HH THE DALAI LAMA

25 August, 2014

Roots...


“As a tree with strong uninjured roots, though cut down, 
grows up again, so, when deep craving is not rooted out, 
suffering arises again and again.” 

Dhammapada

21 August, 2014

On devotion...


From the blossoming lotus of devotion, 
at the center of my being,
Rise up, O compassionate master, 
my only refuge!
I am plagued by past actions
 and turbulent emotions:
To protect me in my misfortune
Remain as the jewel-ornament 
on the crown of my head, 
the mandala of great bliss,
Arousing all my mindfulness 
and awareness,
l pray!

Jigme Lingpa

20 August, 2014

Anger vs Happiness


“For every minute you are angry, 
you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

19 August, 2014

Realization...

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“Just understand that birth-and-death is itself nirvana. There is nothing such as birth and death to be avoided; there is nothing such as nirvana to be sought. Only when you realize this are you free from birth and death.”

Dogen
"Moon in a Dewdrop"

18 August, 2014

Peace...


“Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. 
Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender 
of  attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.” 

Bhagavad Gita

14 August, 2014

Joy...


“When a man knows the solitude of silence, 
and feels the joy of quietness, he is then free from fear 
and he feels the joy of the Dharma. ” 

Buddha