September 30, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/30/2010


"No one ever tells us to stop running away from fear...the advice we usually get is to sweeten it up, smooth it over, take a pill, or distract ourselves, but by all means make it go away."

~Pema Chödrön


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September 29, 2010

September 28, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/28/2010


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

~Pema Chödrön


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September 27, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/27/2010


"The still lake without ripples is an image of our minds at ease, so full of unlimited friendliness for all the junk at the bottom of the lake that we don't feel the need to churn up the waters just to avoid looking at what's there."

~Pema Chödrön


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September 26, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/26/2010


"It's also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that is sitting right here right now... with its aches and pleasures... is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive."

~Pema Chödrön


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/25/2010


"Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we're going to be more cheerful in the future, it's because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now."

~Pema Chödrön


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September 24, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/24/2010


"Although it is embarrassing and painful, it is very healing to stop hiding from yourself. It is healing to know all the ways that you're sneaky, all the ways that you hide out, all the ways that you shut down, deny, close off, criticize people, all your weird little ways. You can know all of that with some sense of humor and kindness. By knowing yourself, you're coming to know humanness altogether. We are all up against these things. We are all in this together."

~Pema Chödrön


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September 23, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/23/2010


"Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason it's important is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn't just ourselves that we're discovering. We're discovering the universe."

~Pema Chödrön


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September 22, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/22/2010


"Even after many years, many of us continue to practice harshly. We practice with guilt, as if we're going to be excommunicated if we don't do it right. We practice so we won't be ashamed of ourselves and with fear that someone will discover what a "bad" meditator we really are. The old joke is that a Buddhist is someone who is either meditating or feeling guilty about not meditating. There's not much joy in that."

~Pema Chödrön


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September 21, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/21/2010


"Better to join in with humanity than to set ourselves apart. Aspiring bodhisattvas train by getting more involved, rather than more detached. In paintings of the six realms, there's a Buddha standing in each realm, not just in a little bubble or looking down from above, but right in the middles of hell and the other realms."

~Pema Chödrön


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September 20, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/20/2010


"A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering."

~The Buddha


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September 19, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/19/2010


"All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else."

~The Buddha


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September 18, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/18/2010


"Like a fine flower, beautiful to look at but without scent, fine words are fruitless in a man who does not act in accordance with them."

~Gautama Buddha


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September 17, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/17/2010


"With his mind free from the inflow of thoughts and from restlessness, by abandoning both good and evil, an alert man knows no fear."

~Gautama Buddha


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September 16, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/16/2010


"Foolish, ignorant people indulge in careless lives, whereas a clever man guards his attention as his most precious possession."

~Gautama Buddha


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September 15, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/15/2010


"Attention leads to immortality. Carelessness leads to death. Those who pay attention will not die, while the careless are as good as dead already."

~Gautama Buddha


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September 14, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/14/2010


"In the same way that rain breaks into a house with a bad roof, desire breaks into the mind that has not been practicing meditation."

~Gautama Buddha


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September 13, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/13/2010


"The Tempter cannot master a man who dwells on the distasteful side of things, self-controlled in his senses, moderate in eating, resolute and full of faith, like the wind cannot move a mountain crag."

~Gautama Buddha


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September 12, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/12/2010


"The Tempter masters the lazy and irresolute man who dwells on the attractive side of things, ungoverned in his senses, and unrestrained in his food, like the wind overcomes a rotten tree."

~Gautama Buddha


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September 11, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/11/2010


"To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment."

~Thich Nhat Hanh


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September 10, 2010

September 09, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/9/2010


"To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now."

~Thich Nhat Hanh


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September 07, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/7/2010


"For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them."

~Thich Nhat Hanh


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September 06, 2010

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/6/2010


"Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace."

~Thich Nhat Hanh


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