October 31, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/31/2012

"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you
don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not
doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or
less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have
problems with our friends or family, we blame the other
person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will
grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive
effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason
and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no
reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you
understand, and you show that you understand, you can
love, and the situation will change."
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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October 29, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/29/2012

"Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment."
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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October 28, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/28/2012

"Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of love."
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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October 27, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/27/2012

"The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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October 26, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/26/2012

"Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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October 23, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/23/2012

"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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October 22, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/22/2012

"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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October 21, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/21/2012

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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October 20, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/20/2012

"When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending."
 
~Thich Nhat Hanh


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October 19, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/19/2012

"People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further."
~Pema Chödrön


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October 18, 2012

October 17, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/17/2012

"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 Chödrön


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October 16, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/16/2012

"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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October 15, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/15/2012

"We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who's right and who's wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don't like about our associates or our society. 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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October 14, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/14/2012

"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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October 13, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/13/2012

"There's a reason you can learn from everything: you have basic wisdom, basic intelligence, and basic goodness."
~Pema Chödrön


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October 12, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/12/2012

"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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October 11, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/11/2012

"When we start out on a spiritual path we often have ideals we think we're supposed to live up to. We feel we're supposed to be better than we are in some way. But with this practice you take yourself completely as you are. Then ironically, taking in pain - breathing it in for yourself and all others in the same boat as you are - heightens your awareness of exactly where you're stuck."
 
~Pema Chödrön


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October 10, 2012

October 08, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/8/2012

"The good man should not tire of his good deeds. Till their fruit ripens, he may have to suffer bad times. But once the good deeds ripen, his life is suffused with happiness."
 
~The Buddha


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October 07, 2012

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 10/7/2012

"The earnest person is like fire. Fire burns away everything big or small. The greatest man and the smallest are equally consumed by fire. The fire of earnestness demolishes all the vanities, passions and terrors of life."
 
~The Buddha


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