July 31, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/31/2009

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

July 30, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/30/2009

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

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

July 29, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/29/2009

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

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

July 28, 2009

An example from a customer!

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/28/2009

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

July 27, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/27/2009

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

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/26/2009

Everyday 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

July 25, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/25/2009

....there is a great deal of hatred and anger and discrimination. How is it possible, in such a state, for people to practice deep looking with the aim of achieving a deep knowledge...So it is necessary to practice mindfulness- it could be Buddhist or Christian- but it is necessary to bring mindfulness to our everyday life. If you are a journalist, a teacher, or a filmmaker you should practice mindfulness- for the sake of your own calm and your own happiness, but also for that of other people as well. Because we need your calm, your compassion, your understanding. So we should be mindful as individuals but also as a community, as a family, as a nation.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

July 24, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/24/2009

Relief, Peace, well-being, joy and better relations with others will be possible if we practice mindfulness 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

July 23, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/23/2009

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

July 22, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/22/2009

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

July 21, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/21/2009

The Buddhist Sutra of Mindfulness speaks about the meditation on the corpse: meditate on the decomposition of the body, how the body bloats and turns violet, how it is eaten by worms until only bits of blood and flesh still cling to the bones, meditate up to the point where only white bones remain, which in turn are slowly worn away and turn into dust. Meditate like that, knowing that your own body will undergo the same process. Meditate on the corpse until you are calm and at peace, until your mind and heart are light and tranquil and a smile appears on your face. Thus, by overcoming revulsion and fear, life will be seen as infinitely precious, every second of it worth living.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

July 20, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/20/2009

So let us decide whether you want a shelter, a safety zone, which will no longer yield conflict, whether you want to escape from the present conflict to enter a condition in which there shall be no conflict; or whether you are unaware, unconscious of this conflict in which you exist. If you are unconscious of the conflict, that is, the battle that is taking place between that self and the environment, if you are unconscious of that battle, then why do you seek further remedies?

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 19, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/19/2009

To me, then, true criticism consists in trying to find out the intrinsic worth of the thing itself, and not in attributing a quality to that thing. You attribute a quality to an environment, to an experience, only when you want to derive something from it, when you want to gain or to have power or happiness. Now this destroys true criticism. Your desire is perverted through attributing values, and therefore you cannot see clearly. Instead of trying to see the flower in its original and entire beauty, you look at it through coloured glasses, and therefore you can never see it as it is.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 18, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/18/2009

From these prejudices there arises conflict, transient joys and suffering. But we are unconscious of this, unconscious that we are slaves to certain forms of tradition, to social and political environment, to false values.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 17, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/17/2009

The fact is there is nothing that you can trust; and that is a terrible fact, whether you like it or not. Psychologically there is nothing in the world, that you can put your faith, your trust, or your belief in. Neither your gods, nor your science can save you, can bring you psychological certainty; and you have to accept that you can trust in absolutely nothing. That is a scientific fact, as well as a psychological fact. Because, your leaders - religious and political - and your books - sacred and profane - have all failed, and you are still confused, in misery, in conflict. So, that is an absolute, undeniable fact.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 16, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/16/2009

.. Human beings, each one, right through the world, go through great agonies, the more sensitive, the more alert, the more observant, the greater the suffering, the anxiety, the extraordinary sense of insoluble problems.

.. And the point is, is it possible for the mind to be totally free from suffering and yet not become indifferent, callous, irresponsible, but to have that passion, the intensity, the energy that freedom brings, freedom from suffering.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 15, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/15/2009

"Sorrow is not in death but in loneliness, and conflict comes when you seek consolation, forgetfullness, explanations, and illusions."

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 14, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/14/2009

"Pain itself destroys pain. Suffering itself frees man from suffering."

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 13, 2009

July 12, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/12/2009

"If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity. If there's no relationship with nature then you become a killer; then you kill baby seals, whales, dolphins, and man either for gain, for "sport," for food, or for knowledge. Then nature is frightened of you, withdrawing its beauty. You may take long walks in the woods or camp in lovely places but you are a killer and so lose their friendship. You probably are not related to anything to your wife or your husband "

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 11, 2009

July 10, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/10/2009

For the total development of the human being, solitude as a means of cultivating sensitivity becomes a necessity. One has to know what it means to be alone, what it is to meditate, what it is to die; and the implications of solitude, of meditation, of death, can be known only by seeking them out. These implications cannot be taught, they must be learnt. One can indicate, but learning by what is indicated is not the experiencing of solitude or meditation. To experience what is solitude and what is meditation, one must be in in a state of inquiry; only a mind that is in a state of inquiry is capable of learning. But when inquiry is suppressed by previous knowledge, or by the authority and experience of another, then learning becomes mere imitation, and imitation causes a human being to repeat what is learnt without experiencing it.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/9/2009

"Why do you want to read others´ books when there is the book of yourself?"

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 08, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/8/2009

"Do not think about yourself, but be aware of the thought, emotion, or action that makes you think of yourself."

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 07, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/7/2009

" ...In our relationship with children and young people, we are not dealing with mechanical devices that can be quickly repaired, but with living beings who are impressionable, volatile, sensitive, afraid, affectionate; and to deal with them we have to have great understanding, the strength of patience and love... "

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 06, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration = 7/6/2009

"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation."

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 05, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/5/2009

Insight is not an act of remembrance, the continuation of memory. Insight is like a flash of light. You see with absolute clarity, all the complications, the consequences, the intricacies. Then this very insight is action, complete. In that there are no regrets, no looking back, no sense of being weighed down, no discrimination. This is pure, clear insight - perception without any shadow of doubt. Most of us begin with certainty and as we grow older the certainty changes to uncertainty and we die with uncertainty. But if one begins with uncertainty, doubting, questioning, asking demanding, with real doubt about man's behaviour, about all the religious rituals and their images and their symbols, then out of that doubt comes the clarity of certainty.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

July 04, 2009

July 03, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/3/2009

A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others.

~ Buddhist Saying

July 02, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/2/2009

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

~ Buddhist Saying

July 01, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/1/2009

Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.

~ Buddhist Saying