December 31, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/31/2006

All those who suffer in the world do so Because of their desire for their own happiness. All those happy in the world are so Because of their desire for the happiness of others.

~Santideva

December 30, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/30/2006

Empty yet aware, the original light shines spontaneously; tranquil yet responsive, the great function manifests. A wooden horse neighing in the wind does not walk the steps of the present moment; a clay ox emerging from the sea plows the springtime of the eon of emptiness. Understand? Where a jade man beckons, even greater marvel is on the way back.

~Hung-chih

December 29, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/29/2006

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 28, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/28/2006

You who are journalists, writers, citizens, you have the right and duty to say to those you have elected that they must practice mindfulness, calm and deep listening, and loving speech. This is a universal thing, taught by all religions.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 27, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/27/2006

Relief, Peace, well-being, joy and better relations with others will be possible if we practice mndfulness in our everyday life. I am convinced that everybody can practice mindfulness, even politicians, political parties, even the Congress. This is a body that holds the responsibility for knowing the nation's situation well, and knowledge of this kind requires the practice of looking deeply. If our elected officials are not calm enough, do not have enough concentration, how can they see things deeply?

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 26, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/26/2006

We must not be attached to a view or a doctrine, even a Buddhist one. . . . The Buddha said that if in a certain moment or place you adopt something as the absolute truth, and you attach to that, thenyou will no longer have any chance to reach the truth. Even when the truth comes and knocks on your door, and asks you to open the door, you won't recognize it. So you must not be too attached to dogma--to what you believe, and to what you perceive.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 25, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/25/2006

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 24, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/24/2006

To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe. Your smile proves it. It proves that you are being gentle with yourself, that the sun of awareness is shining in you, that you have control of your situation. You are yourself, and you have acquired some peace.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 23, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/23/2006

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 22, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/22/2006

Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 21, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/21/2006


Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 20, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/20/2006


The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 19, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/19/2005

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 18, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/18/2006

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 17, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/17/2006


Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life..., our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 16, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/16/2006


The terms Sunyata (or Shunyata), void and emptiness are synonyms in Buddhist philosophy. They are ways of expressing the sense that all we see, feel and observe is relative, in fact non-essential and not self-sustaining. This insight is called prajna paramita. To find the essential, that is the challenge that Tibetan Buddhism offers us. One clue can be given: compassion, insight and calmness in the mind are part of the essence of things.

December 15, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/15/2006

We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 14, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/14/2006

When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 13, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/13/2006

“If we are too busy, if we are carried away every day by our projects, our uncertainty, our craving, how can we have the time to stop and look deeply into the situation-our own situation, the situation of our beloved one, the situation of our family and of our community, and the situation of our nation and of the other nations?”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 12, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/12/2006

"Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 11, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/11/2006

"When we are caught in notions, rituals, and the outer forms of the practice, not only can we not receive and embody the spirit of our tradition, we become an obstacle for the true values of the tradition to be transmitted. We lose sight of the true needs and actual suffering of people, and the teachings and practice, which were intended to relieve suffering, now cause suffering. Narrow, fundamentalist, and dogmatic practices always alienate people, especially those who are suffering. We have to remind ourselves again and again of our original purpose, and the original teachings and intention of Buddha, Jesus, and other great sages and saints."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 10, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/10/2006

"No single tradition monopolizes the truth. We must glean the best values of all traditions and work together to remove the tensions between traditions in order to give peace a chance. We need to join together and look deeply for ways to help people get re-rooted. We need to propose the best physical, mental, and spiritual health plan for our nation and for the earth. For a future to be possible, I urge you to study and practice the best values of your religious tradition and to share them with young people in ways they can understand. If we meditate together as a family, a community, a city, and a nation, we will be able to identify the causes of our suffering and find ways out. . . . For us to achieve results, our enlightenment has to be collective."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

December 09, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/9/2006

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

~Thomas Paine

December 08, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/8/2006

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.

~Robert Lynd

December 07, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/7/2006


What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage.

~Marcus Tullius Cicero

December 06, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/6/2006

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.

~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

December 05, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/5/2006


Our children are not born to hate, they are raised to hate.

~Thomas della Peruta

December 04, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/4/2006

The chain reaction of evil--wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

December 03, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/3/2006

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.

~Buddha

December 02, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/2/2006

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

~Buddha

December 01, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/1/2006


As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.

~Buddha

November 30, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/30/2006


Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

~Buddha

November 29, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/29/2006


The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.

~Buddha

November 28, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/28/2006


Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows the double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.

~Buddha

November 27, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/27/2006


Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

~Buddha

November 26, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/26/2006


All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

~Buddha

November 25, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/25/2006


May all that have life be delivered from suffering.

~Buddha

November 24, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/24/2006


Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.

~Buddha

November 23, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/23/2006


There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.

~Buddha

November 22, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/22/2006


There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.

~Buddha

November 21, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/21/2006


There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.

~Buddha

November 20, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/20/2006


Decay is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.

~Buddha

November 19, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/19/2006


To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

~Buddha

November 18, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/18/2006


Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

~Buddha

November 17, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/17/2006


Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those that hustle.

~Abraham Lincoln

November 16, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/16/2006


You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

~Buddha

November 15, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/15/2006

People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.

~Pema Chodron

November 14, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/14/2006


Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us.

~Pema Chodron

November 13, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/13/2006


A further sign of health is that we don't become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it's time to stop struggling and look directly at what's threatening us.

~Pema Chodron

November 12, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/12/2006

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.

~Pema Chodron

November 11, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/11/2006

We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who's right and who's wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don't like about our associates or our society. It is a very common, ancient, well-perfected device for trying to feel better. Blame others. Blaming is a way to protect your heart, trying to protect what is soft and open and tender in yourself. Rather than own that pain, we scramble to find some comfortable ground.

~Pema Chodron

November 10, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/10/2006


Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.

~Pema Chodron

November 09, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/9/2006


There's a reason you can learn from everything: you have basic wisdom, basic intelligence, and basic goodness.

~Pema Chodron

November 08, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/8/2006

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

~Pema Chodron

November 07, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/7/2006

We feel we're supposed to be better than we are in some way. But with this practice you take yourself completely as you are. Then ironically, taking in pain - breathing it in for yourself and all others in the same boat as you are - heightens your awareness of exactly where you're stuck.

~Pema Chodron

November 06, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/6/2006

When we start out on a spiritual path we often have ideals we think we're supposed to live up to.

~Pema Chodron

November 05, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/5/2006


We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves.

~Pema Chodron

November 04, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/4/2006


The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.

~Pema Chodron

November 03, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/3/2006


You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person will not be found: You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

~Buddha

November 02, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/2/2006


Holding fast to the Truth they shall reach the topmost height.

~Buddha

November 01, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 11/1/2006


Doubt can be a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations, a thorn that irritates and hurts.

~Buddha

October 30, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/30/2006

Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.

~Buddha

October 29, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/29/2006


A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.

~Buddha

October 28, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/28/2006


Though all his life a fool associates with a wise man, he may no more comprehend the Truth than a spoon tastes the flavour of the soup.

~Buddha

October 27, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/27/2006


Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense. Make proper use of it.

~Buddha

October 26, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/26/2006


Avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.

~Buddha

October 25, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/25/2006


Lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

~Buddha

October 24, 2006

October 23, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/23/2006

One is to cultivate the seven factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation into phenomena, energy, bliss, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity.

~Buddha

October 22, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/22/2006


Thought-habits can harden into character. So watch your thoughts.

~Buddha

October 21, 2006

October 20, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/20/2006


In the proper season they give, those with discernment.

~Buddha

October 19, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/19/2006


By overcoming mental formations in a right way, bliss opens up.

~Buddha

October 18, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/18/2006


Profound truth, so difficult to perceive, difficult to understand, tranquilizing and sublime, is not to be gained by mere reasoning and is perceived only by the wise.

~Buddha

October 17, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/17/2006


A man is not to be considered a good man just because he is an able talker.

~Buddha

October 16, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/16/2006


As the bee collects nectar and fragrance, so let the sage dwell on earth.

~Buddha

October 15, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/15/2006


Whatever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings; believe and cling to that doctrine, and take it as your guide.

~Buddha

October 14, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/14/2006


The dharma is such that it cannot be attained by groping or searching about. In the realm of seeing, knowledge perishes. At the moment of attaining, mind is surpassed.

~Dogen

October 13, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/13/2006


I see all the different religious traditions as paths for the development of inner peace, which is the true foundation of world peace. These ancient traditions come to us as a gift from our common past. Will we continue to cherish it as a gift and hand it over the the future generations as a legacy of our shared desire for peace?

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

October 12, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/12/2006


It is precisely because our present life is so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire's tremendous energy if we wish to transform our life into something transcendental.

~Lama Thubten Yeshe

October 11, 2006

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/11/2006




Fools wait for a lucky day but every day is a luck day for an industrious man.

~Buddha