Tag Archives: Buddhism

Monsters

“We can spend our whole lives escaping from the monsters of our minds.”  ~Pema Chödron

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Tremendous Elasticity

“Do not let anyone tell you how you must look or act just because you are a man or a woman. You have boundless potential that can only be limited when you believe that your social identity is really who you are. Who you are is not a perfectly measured object. There is tremendous elasticity …

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Fixing a Flat

“There is a problem in thinking that you are supposed to be advancing in your practice all the time. You don’t have to constantly be on the road. If you have a flat tire, that is also part of the journey. Ambition makes you feel that you are not doing anything. There seems to be …

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“All of this is useless.”

Excerpted from Entrance To The Great Perfection: A Guide To The Dzogchen Preliminary Practices by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, ©2010: We should really have this aspiration. We should pray that one day we reach a stage where we have enough courage to become just like these eccentric people. Right now, we can only afford to be …

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We don’t know anything.

“Letting there be room for Not Knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. …

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Fundamentally Unperturbed

“If we allow ourselves to relax and take a mental step back, we can begin to recognize that all these different thoughts are simply coming and going within the context of an unlimited mind, which, like space, remains fundamentally unperturbed by whatever occurs within it.”  ~Mingyur Rinpoche

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18th Century Hippy

Too lazy Ryōkan Taigu from The Zen Poems of Ryokan, translation ©2014 Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I …

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The Big Taboo

“Our culture finds this question of losing very difficult. It’s very good about getting. Our consumer culture, especially nowadays, is all about getting, getting, getting. We throw away those things which were fashionable yesterday but are no longer fashionable today to get something new. We don’t have that attitude, though, toward our own bodies or …

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Petty Concerns

“If we are attached to petty concerns and never aspired to anything great, we won’t accomplish much. What is petty and what is great? Petty is for oneself alone, for immediate gratification, and for harmful deeds, while great is for the many, for the long term, and for positive pursuits. Look closely– what have you …

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What’s the big deal?

“Renunciation mind is very simple in a way: we have renunciation mind when we realize that all this is not a big deal. Somebody steps on your toe– what’s the big deal? The more we get used to this notion, the more we have renunciation mind. Renunciation somehow has this connotation of giving something up. …

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I

“The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life.”  ~the 14th Dalai Lama, excerpted from Kindness, …

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Abusive Relationship

The idea that I could be my own abuser is not an idea that ever occurred to me before. Hmm…

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