February 28, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/28/2011


" Human beings by nature want happiness and do not want suffering. With that
feeling everyone tries to achieve happiness and tries to get rid of suffering, and everyone has the basic right to do this. In this way, all here are the same, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Easterner or Westerner, believer or non-believer, and within believers whether Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and so on. Basically, from the viewpoint of real human value we are all the same."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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February 26, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/26/2011


" Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion."

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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February 25, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/25/2011


" To find a buddha, all you have to do is see your nature. your nature is the buddha. and the buddha is the person who's free, free of plans, free of cares. if you don't see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you'll never find a buddha. the truth is, there's nothing to find. but to reach such an understanding you need a teacher. and you need to struggle to make yourself understand."

~Bodhidharma


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February 24, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/24/2011


" All buddhas preach emptiness. Why? Because they wish to crush the concrete ideas of the students. If a student even clings to an idea of emptiness, he betrays all buddhas. One clings to life although there is nothing to be called life; another clings to death although there is nothing to be called death. In reality there is nothing to be born, Consequently there is nothing to perish."

~Bodhidharma


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February 23, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/23/2011


" When your mind doesn't stir inside, the world doesn't arise outside. When the world and the mind are both transparent, this is true vision. And such understanding is true understanding."

~Bodhidharma


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February 22, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/22/2011


" To find a buddha, you have to see your nature. Whoever sees his nature is a buddha. If you don't see your nature, invoking buddhas, reciting sutras, making offerings and keeping precepts are all useless."

~Bodhidharma


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February 21, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/21/2011


" If you don't find a teacher soon, you'll live this life in vain. it's true, you have the buddha-nature. but without the help of a teacher you'll never know it. Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help."

~Bodhidharma


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February 20, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/20/2011


" A sagacious student does not depend on his teacher's words, but uses his own experience to find the truth. A dull student depends on coming to a gradual understanding through his teacher's word: a teacher has two
kinds of students; one hears the teacher's words without clinging to the material nor to the immaterial, without attaching to form or to nonform, Without thinking of animate objects or of inanimate objects... This is the Sagacious student; the other, who is avid for understanding, accumulates meanings, and mixes good and bad, is the dull student."

~Bodhidharma


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February 19, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/19/2011


" This one life has no form and is empty by nature. If you become attached to any form, you should reject it. If you see an ego, a soul, a birth or a death, reject them all."

~Bodhidharma


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February 18, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/18/2011


" Mind is like the wood or stone from which a person carves an image. If he carves a dragon or a tiger, and seeing it fears it, he is like a stupid person creating a picture of hell and then afraid to face it. If he does not fear it, then his unnecessary thoughts will vanish. Part of the mind produces sight, sound, taste, odor and sensibility, and from them raises greed, anger and ignorance with all their accompanying likes and dislikes."

~Bodhidharma

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February 17, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/17/2011


" When you observe your delusions, you will know that they are baseless and not dependable. In this way you can cut confusion and doubt. This is what I call wisdom."

~Bodhidharma

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February 16, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/16/2011


" Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can't simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment. We feel that someone else knows what is going on, but that there is something missing in us, and therefore something is lacking in our world."

~Pema Chödrön


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February 15, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/15/2011


" As long as our orientation is toward perfection or success, we will never learn about unconditional friendship with ourselves, nor will we find compassion."

~Pema Chödrön

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February 14, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/14/2011


" The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain."

~Pema Chödrön


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February 13, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/13/2011


" As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don't deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity."

~Pema Chödrön


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February 12, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/12/2011


" There is a common misunderstanding among the human beings who have ever been born on earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You see this even in insects and animals and birds. All of us are the some. A much more interesting, kind and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object of our curiosity is bitter or sweet. To lead to a life that goes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is. If we are committed to comfort at any cost, as soon as we come up against the least edge of pain, we're going to run; we'll never know what's beyond that particular barrier or wall or fearful thing."

~Pema Chödrön

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February 11, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/11/2011


" Most of us do not take these situations as teachings. We automatically hate them. We run like crazy. We use all kinds of ways to escape -- all addictions stem from this moment when we meet our edge and we just can't stand it. We feel we have to soften it, pad it with something, and we become addicted to whatever it is that seems to ease the pain."

~Pema Chödrön

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February 10, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/10/2011


" I dedicate the merit of the occasion to all beings. This gesture of universal friendship has been likened to a drop of fresh spring water. If we put it on a rock in the sunshine, it will soon evaporate. If we put it in the ocean, however, it will never be lost. Thus the wish is made that we not keep the teachings to ourselves but to use them to benefit others."

~Pema Chödrön


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February 09, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/9/2011


"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 Chödrön


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February 08, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/8/2011


"One can appreciate & celebrate each moment - there's nothing more sacred. There's nothing more vast or absolute. In fact, there's nothing more!"

~Pema Chödrön


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February 07, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/7/2011


"Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior's world."

~Pema Chödrön

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February 03, 2011

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/3/2011


"If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember."

~Khalil Gibran

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