The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Patience

No greater virtue

It is said that there is no greater evil than hatred and no greater virtue than patience. While a single moment of anger destroys countless aeons of merits and leads to unmitigated suffering in the hell realms, patience towards those who harm you and the sincere wish to bring them happiness will bring you swiftly onto the path taken by all the Buddhas.

There is no better way to deal with enemies than to feel great love for them, realizing that in former lives they have been your loving parents. There is no better way to nurture your family and look after others than to practice the Dharma and dedicate to all beings the merit you thereby obtain. There is no better or more bountiful harvest than the one you sow in the soil of your faith and endeavor so that it ripens into the richness of merit and wisdom.

– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones”

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Stronger

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Aug 23, 2018

17190505_1481685678529848_2194111065249882605_nPatience under insult is the greatest strength,

because people who are patient do not harbor hatred,

and they gradually grow more peaceful and stronger.

Patient people, since they are not malicious,

will surely gain the respect of others.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra in Forty-Two Sections


Nature’s secret

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“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

All Aims

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March 7, 2018

518dc4d28a72ee53290e079bb2da4f2fFrom generosity comes wealth;

happiness from ethical conduct.

From patience comes beauty;

splendor from joyous effort.

Through concentration comes peace;

from wisdom comes liberation.

Compassion accomplishes all aims.

—Nagarjuna, Precious Garland


Love and patience

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These three are your greatest treasures

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
~Lao Tzu ~

We cannot learn real patience and tolerance from a guru or a friend

 “We cannot learn real patience and tolerance from a guru or a friend. They can be practiced only when we come in contact with someone who creates unpleasant experiences. According to Shantideva, enemies are really good for us as we can learn a lot from them and build our inner strength.”

~ H.H. the Dalai Lama

Artist: Debasish Podder


We’ll See

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.

“Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“We’ll see,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.

“How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“We’ll see,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

“We’ll see,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

“We’ll see” said the farmer.

Tao & Zen


Three greatest treasures

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I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

~Lao Tzu ~