Tag Archives: Buddhism

Just a Different Way to Be

“Picture a wave in the ocean. You can see it, measure it – its height, the way the sunlight refracts when it passes through – and it’s there, and you can see it, and you know what it is: it’s a wave. And then it crashes on the shore and it’s gone. But the water …

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You Do Not Have To Be A Monk

“Some people think there is a difference between mindfulness and meditation, but this is not correct. The practice of mindfulness is simply to bring awareness into each moment of our lives. Mindful living is an art. You do not have to be a monk or live in a monastery to practice mindfulness. You can practice …

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Not Just

“Spiritual practice is not just sitting and meditating. Practice is looking, thinking, touching, drinking, eating, and talking. Every act, every breath, and every step can be practice and can help us to become more ourselves.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Knowing

“Nothing that comes and goes is you. ‘I am bored.’ Who knows this? ‘I am angry, sad, afraid.’ Who knows this? You are the knowing, not the condition that is known.”  ~Eckhart Tolle

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Sacrifice and Destroy

“Each of us has our own idea of happiness. It’s because of this idea that we run after objects we desire. We sacrifice our time and, to a certain extent, destroy our bodies and our minds. According to the Buddha, happiness is simple– if we go home to the present moment, we realize that we …

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Well Grounded

“When we recognize that we have a habit of replaying old events and reacting to new events as if they were the old ones, we can begin to notice when that habit energy comes up. We can then gently remind ourselves that we have another choice. We can look at the moment as it is, …

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Right?

  This excerpt from Answers from the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh, ©2009, illustrates the fundamental difference between Buddhism and Christianity.  Christianity is all about the destination, heaven or hell, while Buddhism is more concerned with the path:  “If you don’t feel that you’re on the right path, happiness isn’t possible. This is true for …

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Intercession

“The idea that each of us can be directly spiritual is radical. Most religions are based not on teaching adherents to be directly spiritual, but in persuading them to trust in the intercession of ministers or priests. The problem with this approach is that we cannot gain access to spirituality except through the medium of …

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Betray the Mango

“It’s possible for us to have several spiritual roots. To me, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and all religions belong to the spiritual heritage of humankind. We can profit from all of these traditions. We should not confine ourselves to just one tradition. If you love mangoes, you are free to continue to eat mangoes, but no …

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Lose Yourself

“Authentic human interactions become impossible when you lose yourself in a role.”  ~Eckhart Tolle And that reminded me of this: Maude [to a motorcycle officer]:  “Oh, don’t get officious. You’re not yourself when you’re officious– that is the curse of a government job.”  from the movie Harold and Maude  

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The Noise In Our Heads

“Time goes by very quickly; one day we may be surprised to discover our life is nearing its end, and we don’t know what we’ve done with all the time we’ve lived. Maybe we’ve wasted entire days in anger, fear, and jealousy. We rarely offer ourselves the time and space to consider: Am I doing …

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To Be

“We have a tendency to think in terms of doing and not in terms of being. We think that when we are not doing anything, we are wasting our time. But that is not true. Our time is first of all for us to be. To be what? To be alive, to be peaceful, to …

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