May 31, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration


Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 30, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/30/2009


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 29, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/29/2009


Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 28, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/28/2009


Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 27, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/27/2009


An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 26, 2009

May 25, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/25/2009


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


~ Buddhist Saying


May 24, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/24/2009


Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 23, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/23/2009


Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 22, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/22/2009


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.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 21, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/21/2009


We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 20, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/20/2009


We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.


~ Buddhist Saying


May 18, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/18/2009


Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.


~ Buddhist Saying


Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/17/2009


Not thinking of good, not thinking of evil - tell me, what was your original face before your mother and father were born?

~ Zen Koan


May 16, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/16/2009


People in the world cannot identify their own mind. They believe that what they see, or hear, or feel, or know, is mind. They are blocked, and so cannot see the brilliant spirit of their original mind....

~ Huang-po


May 15, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/15/2009


"I have done my best", that is about all the philosophy of living that one needs....

~ Lin-yutang


May 14, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/14/2009


Buddha said, "If you are going to practice giving to yourself, how moocher to your parents, wife, and children." Therefore you should know that to give to yourself is a part of giving. To give to your family is also giving. Even when you give a particle of dust, you should rejoice in your own act, because you correctly transmit the merit of all buddha's and for the first time practice the art of bodhisattva. The mind of an sentient being is a difficult thing to change. You should keep on changing the minds of sentient beings, from the first moment they have one particle, to the moment that they attain the way. This should be started by giving. For this reason giving is the first of the six paramitas ( perfections ). Mind is beyond measure. Things are given beyond measure. Moreover, in giving, mind transforms the gift and the gift transforms mind.

~ Zen Master Dogen


May 13, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/13/2009


No matter how many years you sit doing zazen, you will never become anything special.

~ Zen Master Sawaki


May 12, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/12/2009


The process of practice is to see through, not to eliminate, anything to which we are attached. We could have great financial wealth and be unattached to it, or we light have nothing and be very attached to having nothing. Usually, if we have seen through the nature of attachment, we will have a tendency to have few possessions, but not necessarily. Most practice gets caught in this area of fiddling with our environments or our minds. " My mind should be quiet". Our mind doesn't matter; what matters is non attachment to the activities of the mind. And our emotions are harmless unless they dominate us 9 that is, if we are attached to them)---then they create dis-harmony for everyone. The first problem in practice is to see that we are attached. As we do consistent, patient zazen we begin to know that we are nothing but attachments; they rule our lives. But we never lose an attachment by saying it has to go. Only as we gain true awareness of its true nature does it quietly and imperceptibly wither away; like a sandcastle with waves rolling over, it just smoothes out and finally Where is it? What was it?

~ Charlotte Joko Beck


May 11, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/11/2009


The heart Sutra teaches that "form is emptiness, and emptiness is form. "Many people don't know what that means--even some long time students of meditation. But there is a very easy way to see this in our every day lives. For example, here is a wooden chair. It is brown. You sit in the chair, and it holds you up. You can place things on it. But then you light the chair on fire, then leave. When you come back later, the chair is no longer there! This thing that seemed so solid and string and real is now just a pile of cinder and ash which the wind blows around. This example shows how the chair is empty: It as no independent existence. Over a long or short time, the chair will eventually change and become something other than it appears. So, the brown chair is complete emptiness. But though it always has the quality of emptiness, this emptiness is form: you can sit in the chair, and it will hold you up. "Form is emptiness, and emptiness is form."

~ Zen Master Seun Sahn


May 10, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/10/2009


Do not mistake understanding for realization, and do not mistake realization for liberation....

~ Tibetan Saying


May 09, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/9/2009


Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you....

~ Sheng-yen


May 08, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/8/2009


Let your mind wander in simplicity, blend your spirit with the vastness, follow along with things the way they are, and make no room for personal views-then the world will be governed....

~ Chuang-tzu


May 07, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/7/2009


All conditioned things are impermanent. Work out your own salvation with diligence....

~ The Buddha's last words


May 06, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/6/2009


I cannot tell if what the world considers 'happiness' is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness....

~ Chuang-tzu


May 05, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/5/2009


Ride your horse along the edge of a sword; hide yourself in the middle of flames....

~ Zen saying


May 04, 2009

May 03, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/3/2009


Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them....

~ Zen Quote by Alan Watts


May 02, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/2/2009


When you pass through, no one can pin you down, no one can call you back....

~ Zen Quote by Ying-An


May 01, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/1/2009


No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself....

~ Zen Quote by Tilopa