31 March, 2015

Purpose of life...


“Monks, this committed life is not lived in order to deceive people, or to convert them. It is not lived for the sake of gain or honor or reputation or financial profit. There is no idea of "let me draw people's attention to me by being a this or a that." No, monks, this committed life is lived for the sake of seeing into things and understanding them.”

Itivuttaka Sutta

30 March, 2015

Radiating bliss...


“Shariputra, does it occur to any of my followers to think that after they have known full enlightenment they should lead all beings to nirvana?"
"No, Honored One."
"But that should be their intention. They should not be too caught up with themselves to believe that. A glowworm or firefly does not think that its light could illuminate the continent of India or even radiate over it. In the same way, the followers do not think that they can, after obtaining full enlightenment, lead all beings to nirvana.
But the sun, when it has risen, radiates its light over the whole of India. Just so, an awakened follower when he is fully enlightened, without even consciously attempting to, leads all beings to nirvana.”

Prajnaparamita

29 March, 2015

On the greatness of happiness...


“Happiness always looks small while you 
hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you 
learn at once how big and precious it is.” 

Maxim Gorky

28 March, 2015

Real understanding...


“It has taken me all my life to understand 
it is not necessary to understand everything.” 

Rene Coty

27 March, 2015

Water as a mirror..


“A shortcut into the path is to be inwardly empty 
and outwardly quiet, like water that is clear and 
still, myriad images reflecting in it, neither 
sinking nor floating, all things spontaneously so.”

Fu-jung

26 March, 2015

Future...


“The best thing about the future is that 
it comes only one day at a time.” 

Abraham Lincoln

24 March, 2015

Freedom


“Different winds come from all directions. Some are clear, some carry dust, some are cold or hot, fierce gales or gentle breezes. In the same way sensations arise in the body: pleasant or unpleasant or neutral. When a meditator sees sensations as he does the winds, coming and going, clear or dust laden, fierce or gentle, he will fully understand them and be free from dependence on them. When he understands sensations perfectly, he will see beyond this conditioned world.”

Samyutta Nikaya 

23 March, 2015

Beautiful Irish blessing...


May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

Irish Blessing

20 March, 2015

Attraction...


You will notice that those who speak most of prosperity, have it. Those who speak most of health, have it. Those who speak most of sickness, have it. Those who speak most of poverty, have it. It is Law. It can be no other way... The way you feel is your point of attraction, and so, the Law of Attraction is most understood when you see yourself as a magnet getting more and more of the way you feel. When you feel lonely, you attract more loneliness. When you feel poor, you attract more poverty. When you feel sick, you attract more sickness. When you feel unhappy, you attract more unhappiness. When you feel healthy and vital and alive and prosperous—you attract more of all of those things.

Esther Hicks (Abraham)

19 March, 2015

Mirror that is mind...


Just as material things are made of dust, so too are our perceptions and thoughts mere dust. Just as it takes only a moment to wipe the dust from the surface of a mirror, so it takes only a moment to become enlightened, the moment all defiled intentions are cleared from our consciousness, we will see ourselves in the mirror of perfect truth.”

Master Hsing Yun
"Describing the Indescribable"

18 March, 2015

Limitless heart...


“As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart: Above, below, & all around, unobstructed, without hostility or hate. Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, as long as one is alert, one should be resolved on this mindfulness. This is called a sublime abiding here & now.”

Sutta Nipata 

15 March, 2015

Now!Now!Now!


“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Buddhist Wisdom

12 March, 2015

Always now!


"If we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious 
that there is no other time than this instant..."

Alan W. Watts

11 March, 2015

Heart and Light


For through your own heart
comes the one light
which can illuminate life
and make it clear to your eyes.

Mable Collins

10 March, 2015

Consciousness


“The Buddha was asked: "Is there only one summit of consciousness or are there several?" He replied: "One and several. As one state of consciousness is realized, then the next is seen. Thus there are several and there is one." He was then asked: "Which is first, awareness or knowledge?" "Awareness arises first and then comes knowledge. One can then say, 'Because of my awareness, I know this as a fact."

Digha Nikaya

06 March, 2015

Old Age...


“Old age is like everything else. 
To make a success of it, you've got 
to start young.” 

Fred Astaire

05 March, 2015

Truth seekers...


“If the element of the truth seeker did not exist in everyone, 
there would be no turning away from craving, n
or could there be a longing for nirvana, n
or a seeking for it, nor a resolve to find it.”

Visuddhi Magga

03 March, 2015

Mirror...


Every thought we think, every word we speak, 
every action we take is a reflection of who we truly are...

Mary Ann Byrne