September 30, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/30/2013


"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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September 29, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/29/2013


"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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September 27, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/27/2013


"Our planet is our house, and we must keep it in order and take care of it if we are genuinely concerned about happiness for ourselves, our children, our friends, and other sentient beings who share this great house with us."


~His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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September 26, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/26/2013


"Desire cannot be fulfilled. Moreover, when you are desiring, desiring, desiring, you face many obstacles, disappointments, unhappiness, and difficulties. Great desire not only knows no end but also itself creates trouble."


~His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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September 25, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/25/2013


"As far as your personal requirements are concerned, the ideal is to have fewer involvements, fewer obligations, and fewer affairs, business or whatever. However, so far as the interest of the larger community is concerned, you must have as many involvements as possible and as many activities as possible."


~His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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September 24, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/24/2013


"Three qualities enable people to understand the teachings: objectivity, which means an open mind; intelligence, which is the critical faculty to discern the real meaning by checking the teachings of Buddha; and interest and commitment, which means enthusiasm."


~His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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September 23, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/23/2013


"According to Buddhism, there is a commensurate relationship between cause and effect where pain and pleasure are concerned. The immediate cause is karma. Karma means action. Tomorrow's events depend very much on today's actions, this year's events on last year's, while this century's events are linked with those of the previous centuries. The actions of previous generations affect the lives of the generations that follow. This is also a kin of karma. However, there is a difference between actions carried out by a group of people or sentient beings jointly, and actions carried out by single person. In individual cases, the actions of the earlier part of one's life have an effect on the latter part of one's life."


~His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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September 22, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/22/2013


"The mind's own basic nature is ultimately neutral. It can be influenced by negative as well as by positive emotions. Take, for instance, those who have a short tempter. When I was young I was quite short-tempered. However, the mood never lasted for twenty-four hours. If negative emotions are in the very nature of our mind, then as long as the mind is functioning the anger must remain. That, however is not the case. Similarly, positive emotions are also not in the nature of the mind. The mind is something neutral, reflecting all sorts of different experiences or phenomena."


~His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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September 21, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/21/2013


"With the realization of ones own potential and self-confidence in ones ability, one can build a better world. According to my own experience, self-confidence is very important. That sort of confidence is not a blind one; it is an awareness of ones own potential. On that basis, human beings can transform themselves by increasing the good qualities and reducing the negative qualities."


~His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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September 20, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/20/2013


"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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September 19, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/19/2013


"Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these feelings, society will face tremendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered."


~His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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September 18, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/18/2013


"In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged."


~His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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September 17, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/17/2013


"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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September 15, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/15/2013


"Hospitals should be arranged in such a way as to make being sick an interesting experience. One learns a great deal sometimes from being sick."


~Alan Wilson Watts


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September 11, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/11/2013


"When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us."


~Alan Wilson Watts


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September 09, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/9/2013


"Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture, of course, they'll say you're crazy and you're blasphemous, and they'll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which is pretty much the same thing). However if you wake up in India and tell your friends and relations, 'My goodness, I've just discovered that I'm God,' they'll laugh and say, 'Oh, congratulations, at last you found out."


~Alan Wilson Watts


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September 06, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/6/2013


"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes."


~Alan Wilson Watts


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September 05, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/5/2013


"A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily."


~Alan Wilson Watts


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September 04, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/4/2013


"Advice? I don't have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you're writing, you're a writer. Write like you're a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there's no chance for a pardon. Write like you're clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you've got just one last thing to say, like you're a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God's sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don't. Who knows, maybe you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't have to."


~Alan Wilson Watts


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September 03, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/3/2013


"Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know."


~Alan Wilson Watts


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September 02, 2013

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 9/2/2013


"The art of living... is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive."


~Alan Wilson Watts


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