The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Hatred

Defense to hatred and violence

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 “Developing the nectar of compassion in our own heart is the only effective spiritual response to hatred and violence.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Understanding and Love are not two separate things

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“Understanding and Love are not two separate things, but only one. To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh


On Fear, by Yoda

Tao & Zen

This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible

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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you, as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you as your shadow, unshakable.
“Look how he abused me and hurt me, how he threw me down and robbed me.” Live with such thoughts and you live in hate. Abandon such thoughts, and live in love.

In this world hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.

~ Buddha ~
The Dhammapada


In this world, hate never dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate

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“In this world, hate never dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.” ~The Buddha

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as One.” ~John Lennon

“It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

“When we see God in each other we will be able to live in peace.” ~Mother Teresa

“Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” -Martin Luther King Jr

“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” -Archbishop Tutu

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.” ~Albert Einstein

“Courageous people do not fear forgiving for the sake of peace.” -Nelson Mandela

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

“The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.” ~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.” ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”
~Albert Camus

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.”
– Albert Einstein

“Peace, like war, must be waged.”
– George Clooney

“Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two… The duty of a human being is to diminish hatred and to promote love.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”
– John Lennon

“You have heard that it was said, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also… Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” ~Jesus

“Love courses through everything. No, love is everything. How can you say, there is no love, when nothing but love exists? All that you see has appeared because of love. All shines from love, All pulses from love, All flows from love– No, once again, All is love!” ~Fakhruddin ‘Iraqi

“Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’ ” ~The Talmud

“See simplicity in the complicated, seek greatness in small things. In the Universe, the difficult things are done ss if they were easy.” ~Lao Tsu

“Peace is always beautiful.”
– Walt Whitman

SPIRITUAL WISDOM: Recognizing the Sacred in Our World
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Being a master is much better than being a slave

In ordinary life, we are under the power of disturbing emotions such as self-importance, anger, and desire. We have no control over these emotions, so they torment us and we suffer. We are their slaves, which is unpleasant. The purpose of the Dharma is to reverse that situation and to help us master the disturbing emotions – self-cherishing, pride, desire, anger and hatred – that enslave us. Being a master is much better than being a slave. Do not lose sight of this essential point: The aim of the Dharma is to get rid of disturbing emotions, and this is the only way to attain true happiness.

~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche


Fighting inner demons

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Esoteric Empyre