Tag Archives: Buddhism

Communion

“Each day, devote some time to being physically alone, because that makes it easier to practice nourishing yourself and looking deeply. It is because you are comfortable in solitude that you can be in communion with the world.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Milton’s Secret

I found a DVD of Milton’s Secret in the bargain bin, and I really wanted to like it. It stars my favorite actor, Donald Sutherland, and was written by Eckhart Tolle, who I think is Pretty Good. But something about it just didn’t click. It had the feeling of one of those “After School Specials” …

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Stimulus/Response

Pema Chödron, on getting hooked (via Just Dharma Quotes): In Tibetan there is a word that points to the root cause of aggression, the root cause also of craving. It points to a familiar experience that is at the root of all conflict, all cruelty, oppression, and greed. This word is shenpa. The usual translation …

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And It Cripples Us

“Every cell in the body is continuously changing. Thoughts and emotions rise and fall away unceasingly. When we’re thinking that we’re competent or that we’re hopeless– what are we basing it on? On this fleeting moment? On yesterday’s success or failure? We cling to a fixed idea of who we are and it cripples us. …

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The Way We Want

“It is not life that causes suffering, but our expectation that life should be the way we want.”  ~Kōdō Sawaki

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Great Minds Think Alike

I love it when I find a common link between two (seemingly) very different people: “Around us, life bursts with miracles, a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity …

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Without Knowing It

“People have suffering in one place, so they go somewhere else. When suffering arises there, they run off again. They think they’re running away from suffering, but they’re not. Suffering goes with them. They carry suffering around without knowing it. If we don’t know suffering, then we can’t know the cause of suffering. If we …

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Paths

“Spirituality is not religion. It is a path for us to generate happiness, understanding, and love, so we can live deeply each moment of our life. Having a spiritual dimension in our lives does not mean escaping life or dwelling in a place of bliss outside this world, but discovering ways to handle life’s difficulties …

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Frankly, My Dear…

Excerpted from What Makes You Not a Buddhist ©2008, by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: If we could not be bought by praise or defeated by criticism, we would have incredible strength. We would be extraordinarily free, there would be no more unnecessary hopes and fears, sweat and blood and emotional reactions. We would finally be able …

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Study the Trap

“Buddhism advises you not to implant feelings that you don’t really have or avoid feelings that you do have. If you are miserable you are miserable; that is the reality, that is what is happening, so confront that. Look it square in the eye without flinching. When you are having a bad time, examine that …

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Strangers to Us

“We need to get to know our emotions. Right now, they are strangers to us. When we come across them, sometimes we react as if we were being confronted by a bandit. Instead, we should make their acquaintance, and then gradually make friends with them or create a wholesome relationship with them. In the end, …

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Severe and Ruthless Toward Ourselves

I like the quote below by the late Thubten Yeshe. Most people have had the experience of starting a diet, then slipping and eating a cookie and just giving up.  Or beginning a New Year’s Resolution, only to abandon it when the results didn’t come quickly. It’s good to be reminded to take it easy, …

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