March 31, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/31/2010


"On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are the shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If you live a pure life, nothing can destroy you."

~Buddha



March 30, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/30/2010


"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue."

~Buddha



March 29, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/29/2010


"In the sky, there is no distinction between East & West; people create distinctions in their own minds and then believe them to be true."

~Buddha



March 28, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/28/2010


"In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves."

~Buddha



March 27, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/27/2010


"He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye."

~Buddha



March 26, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/26/2010


"Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little."

~Buddha



March 25, 2010

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March 22, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/22/2010


"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."

~Buddha



March 20, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/20/2010


"Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering - an image of death."

~Buddha



March 19, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/19/2010


"When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear."

~Buddha



March 18, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/18/2010


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

~Buddha



March 17, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/17/2010


"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

~Buddha



March 16, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/16/2010


"Sometimes we feel that one individual's action is very insignificant. Then we think, of course, that effects should come from channeling or from a unifying movement. But the movement of the society, community or group of people means joining individuals. Society means a collection of individuals, so that initiative must come from individuals. Unless each individual develops a sense of responsibility, the whole community cannot move. So therefore, it is very essential that we should not feel that individual effort is meaningless- you should not feel that way. We should make an effort."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama



March 15, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/15/2010


"The mind's own basic nature is ultimately neutral. It can be influenced by negative as well as by positive emotions. Take, for instance, those who have a short tempter. When I was young I was quite short-tempered. However, the mood never lasted for twenty-four hours. If negative emotions are in the very nature of our mind, then as long as the mind is functioning the anger must remain. That, however is not the case. Similarly, positive emotions are also not in the nature of the mind. The mind is something neutral, reflecting all sorts of different experiences or phenomena."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama



March 14, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/14/2010


"With the realization of ones own potential and self-confidence in ones ability, one can build a better world. According to my own experience, self-confidence is very important. That sort of confidence is not a blind one; it is an awareness of ones own potential. On that basis, human beings can transform themselves by increasing the good qualities and reducing the negative qualities."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama



March 13, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/13/2010


"Before we can generate compassion and love, it is important to have a clear understanding of what we understand compassion and love to be. In simple terms, compassion and love can be defined as positive thoughts and feelings that give rise to such essential things in life as hope, courage, determination, and inner strength. In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as two aspects of the same thing: Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama



March 12, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/12/2010


"No religion basically believes that material progress alone is sufficient for humankind. All religions believe in forces beyond material progress. All agree that it is very important and worthwhile to make a strong effort to serve human society. To do this, it is important that we understand each other. In the past, due to narrow-mindedness and other factors, there has sometimes been discord between religious groups. This should not happen again. If we look deeply into the value of a religion in the context of the worldwide situation, we can easily transcend these unfortunate happenings. For, there are many areas of common ground on which we can have harmony. Let us just be side by side- helping, respecting, and understanding each other - in common effort to serve humankind. The aim of human society must be the compassionate betterment of human beings."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama



March 11, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/11/2010


"Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these feelings, society will face tremendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama



March 10, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/10/2010


"Human beings will continue to deceive and overpower one another. Basically,everyone exists in the very nature of suffering, so to abuse or mistreat eachother is futile. The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama



March 09, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/9/2010


"If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost, if you continue to see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education you have, no matter how much material progress is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama



March 08, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/8/2010


"With a selfish attitude, oneself is important, and others are not so important. According to Shantideva's advice, a technique to help in turning this attitude around is to imagine- in front of yourself as an unbiased observer- your own selfish self on one side and a limited number of other beings on the other side- ten, fifty, or a hundred. On one side is your proud, selfish self, and on the other side is a group of poor, needy people. You are, in effect, in the middle- as an unbiased, third person. Now, judge. Is this one, single, selfish person more important? Or is the group of people more important? Think. Will you join this side or that side? Naturally, if you are a real human being, your heart will go with the group because the number is greater and they are more needy. The other one is just a single person, proud and stupid. Your feeling naturally goes with the group. By thinking in this way, selfishness gradually decreases,and respect of others grows. This is is the way to practice."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama



March 07, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/7/2010


"It is our custom to say that someone is "lucky" or "unlucky" if they meet with fortunate or unfortunate circumstances, respectively. It is however, too simplistic to think in terms of random "luck." Even from a scientific point of view, this is not a sufficient explanation. Should something unfortunate happen, we immediately think, "Oh, how unlucky!" And yet this is not sufficient to explain what happened- there must be a cause. We seem to call "luck" that factor which overrides external conditions to bring about a positive situation. But that too is a cause; it is an inner cause, which we call "merit."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama