March 29, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/29/2012


"Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other."

~His Holiness The Dalai Lama XIV

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March 28, 2012

March 26, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/26/2012


"On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property."

~The Buddha

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March 21, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/21/2012


"Emotions come from frustration. The meaning of emotion is frustration in the sense that we are or might be unable to fulfill what we want. We discover our possible failure as something pathetic, and so we develop our tentacles or sharpen our claws to the extreme. The emotion is a way of competing with the projection. That is the mechanism of emotion. The whole point is that the projections have been our own manifestations all along."

~Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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March 20, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/20/2012


"Instead of being hopeful, you develop another attitude, which is that of the warrior. If a warrior lives within hope, that makes him a very weak warrior. He is still concerned with his success. If the warrior no longer has the hope of achieving success, he has nothing to lose. Therefore enemies find it very difficult to attack him. The warrior will also regard a defeat as a victory, since he has nothing to lose.
This approach is called "luring an enemy into your territory." You lure enemies into your territory by giving in to defeat constantly. The enemies finally find that there is nothing to attack, and they feel they have been fooled. They keep on conquering more territory, but their opponent places no value on the territory and does not put up a struggle. This eventually causes the enemies to lose heart."

~Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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March 19, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/19/2012


"If we have the vast intention to be sublime yogis, to create the limitless uncreated wisdom mandala, then we must escape from complaining ordinary women to join with the desireless great bliss qualities of the fullbodied wishfulfilling Dakini. Then drunk with wisdom wine, we can sing realization's song and awaken wandering beings from heavy elements' ignorance to the light of their natural mind with the sound of the drum and bell."

~Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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March 18, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/18/2012


"What the warrior renounces is anything in his experience that is a barrier between himself and others. In other words, renunciation is making yourself more available, more gentle and open to others."

~Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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March 17, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/17/2012


"Devotion and compassion are at the heart of the Tantric path. Traditionally, it is said that one should have devotion towards enlightened beings and compassion for unenlightened beings. These are like the wings of a bird and together, both allow us to fly into the sky of natural wisdom. Often people will attempt to use the Secret Mantra methods but will have no success - even after years of diligent application of the techniques. Why is this? It is because techniques cannot liberate. If we reduce the path to the mechanics of methods then we have very narrow commercial mind where enlightenment is a thing which can be obtained by buying techniques. Really, the techniques are a magnifying glass through which we focus the wisdom rays of devotion and compassion."

~Traktung Rinpoche
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March 16, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/16/2012


"My compassion will never change or fade - to see me as gone is an eternalist viewpoint. I have not died, I have not gone anywhere. Pray to me - even if I do not appear in person, I will give the desired siddhis to those with one-pointed devotion."

~Khandroma Yeshe Tsoyel

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March 15, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/15/2012


"You're the only one who knows when you're using things to protect yourself and keep your ego together and when you're opening and letting things fall apart, letting the world come as it is - working with it rather than struggling against it. You're the only one who knows."
~Pema Chodron
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March 13, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/13/2012


"A further sign of health is that we don't become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it's time to stop struggling and look directly at what's threatening us."

~Pema Chodron

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March 12, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/12/2012


"When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space."

~Pema Chodron

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March 11, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/11/2012


"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 Chodron

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March 10, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/10/2012


"What's encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we're closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance."

~Pema Chodron

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March 09, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/9/2012


"Everything is material for the seed of happiness, if you look into it with inquisitiveness and curiosity. The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. There always is the potential to create an environment of blame -- or one that is conducive to loving-kindness."

~Pema Chodron

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March 08, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/8/2012


"A thoroughly good relationship with ourselves results in being still, which doesn't mean we don't run and jump and dance about. It means there's no compulsiveness. We don't overwork, overeat, oversmoke, overseduce. In short, we begin to stop causing harm."

~Pema Chodron

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March 07, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 3/7/2012


"It isn't the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it's how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer."

~Pema Chodron
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