July 29, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/29/2014

"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."


~Gautama Buddha

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July 28, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/28/2014




"When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love."
 
 


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 27, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/27/2014


"The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person's suffering and bring that person joy."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/26/2014


"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."
 

~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 25, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/25/2014


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


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 24, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/24/2014


"Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 23, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/23/2014


"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 22, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/22/2014


"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."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/21/2014


"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."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/20/2014


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

~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 19, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/19/2014


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


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 18, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/18/2014


"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 17, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/17/2014


"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."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 15, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/15/2014


"The first noble truth of the Buddha is that when we feel suffering, it doesn't mean that something is wrong. What a relief. Finally somebody told the truth. Suffering is part of life, and we don't have to feel it's happening because we personally made the wrong move. In reality, however, when we feel suffering, we think that something is wrong. As long as we're addicted to hope, we feel that we can tone our experience down or liven it up or change it somehow, and we continue to suffer a lot."


~Pema Chödrön


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July 14, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/14/2014


"We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of someone who is awake, that's death. Seeking security or perfection, rejoicing in feeling confirmed and whole, self contained and comfortable, is some kind of death. It doesn't have any fresh air. There's no room for something to come in and interrupt all that. We are killing the moment by controlling our experience."
 

~Pema Chödrön


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July 13, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/13/2014


"Awakeness is found in our pleasure and our pain, our confusion and our wisdom, available in each moment of our weird, unfathomable, ordinary everyday lives."
 

~Pema Chödrön


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/12/2014


"We awaken this bodhichitta, this tenderness for life, when we can no longer shield ourselves from the vulnerability of our condition, from the basic fragility of existence. In the words of the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, "You take it all in. You let the pain of the world touch your heart and you turn it into compassion." It is said that in difficult times, it is only bodhichitta that heals."


~Pema Chödrön


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July 11, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/11/2014


"Thinking that we can find some lasting pleasure and avoid pain is what in Buddhism is called samsara, a hopeless cycle that goes round and round endlessly and causes us to suffer greatly. The very first noble truth of the Buddha points out that suffering is inevitable for human beings as long as we believe that things last-that they don't disintegrate, that they can be counted on to satisfy our hunger for security."
 

~Pema Chödrön


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July 10, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/10/2014


"Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."


~Pema Chödrön


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/9/2014


"We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts."


~Pema Chödrön


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July 08, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/8/2014


"We are all capable of becoming fundamentalists because we get addicted to other people's wrongness."


~Pema Chödrön


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/7/2014


"True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings."
 

~Pema Chödrön


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/6/2014


"The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently."


~Pema Chödrön


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/5/2014


"The real thing that we renounce is the tenacious hope that we could be saved from being who we are."


~Pema Chödrön


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/4/2014


"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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July 03, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/3/2014


"In truth, there is enormous space in which to live our everyday lives."


~Pema Chödrön


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/2/2014


"An emotion like anger that's an automatic response lasts just ninety seconds from the moment it's triggered until it runs its course. One and a half minutes, that's all. When it lasts any longer, which it usually does, it's because we've chosen to rekindle it."


~Pema Chödrön


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July 01, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/1/2014


"Despite all philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings."


~14th Dalai Lama


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