August 22, 2012

August 21, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/21/2012

"Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred."
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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August 18, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/18/2012

"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."
 
~The Buddha

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August 16, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/16/2012

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

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August 14, 2012

August 13, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/13/2012

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


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August 12, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/12/2012

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

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August 08, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/8/2012

"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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August 07, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/7/2012

"Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being."

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August 06, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/6/2012

"Culture is an elevated expression of the inner voice which the different peoples of the Earth have heard in the depths of their being, a voice which conveys the vibrant compassion and wisdom of the cosmic life. For different cultures to engage in interaction is to catalyze each other's souls and foster mutual understanding."

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August 04, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/4/2012

"People can only live fully by helping others to live. When you give life to friends you truly live. Cultures can only realize their further richness by honoring other traditions. And only by respecting natural life can humanity continue to exist."
 

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August 03, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/3/2012

"How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality-something so intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity. Such enrichment provides an inner compass that can lead civilizations to greatness."

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August 02, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/2/2012

"Rise to the challenges that life presents you. You can't develop genuine character and ability by sidestepping adversity and struggle."

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August 01, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 8/1/2012

"The institutions of human society treat us as parts of a machine. They assign us ranks and place considerable pressure upon us to fulfill defined roles. We need something to help us restore our lost and distorted humanity. Each of us has feelings that have been suppressed and have built up inside. There is a voiceless cry resting in the depths of our souls, waiting for expression. Art gives the soul's feelings voice and form."

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