May 31, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/31/2012

"My experience with forgiveness is that it sort of comes spontaneously at a certain point and to try to force it it's not really forgiveness. It's Buddhist philosophy or something spiritual jargon that you're trying to live up to but you're just using it against yourself as a reason why you're not okay."
~Pema Chödrön

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May 30, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/30/2012

"It is only when we begin to relax with ourselves that meditation becomes a transformative process. Only when we relate with ourselves without moralizing, without harshness, without deception, can we let go of harmful patterns. Without maitri (metta), renunciation of old habits becomes abusive. This is an important point."
~Pema Chödrön

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May 28, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/28/2012

"Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us."
 
~Pema Chödrön

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May 27, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/27/2012

"Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live."
 
~Pema Chödrön

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May 25, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/25/2012

"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 Chödrön

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May 23, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/23/2012

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
~Siddhārtha Gautama

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May 22, 2012

May 21, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/21/2012

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot 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."
 
~Siddhārtha Gautama

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May 20, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/20/2012

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
 
~Siddhārtha Gautama

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May 18, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/18/2012

"The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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May 17, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/17/2012

"The fact is that when you make the other suffer, he will try to find relief by making you suffer more. The result is an escalation of suffering on both sides."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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May 15, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/15/2012

"Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free."
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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May 13, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/13/2012

"If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work."
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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May 12, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/12/2012

"To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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May 11, 2012

May 07, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 5/7/2012

"If you determine your course with force or speed, you miss the way of the Dharma. Quietly consider what is right and what is wrong. Receiving all opinions equally, without haste, wisely, observe the Dharma."
 
~Shakyamuni Buddha

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