The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step


Who is always consistent?

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“It is impossible to be at your best or your worst at all times. Who is always consistent? Everyone changes according to different situations and as they go through life’s different phases. There is no point in feeling great pride or great shame simply because of temporary circumstances.”

– 17th Karmapa


How to touch life deeply

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Calm under stress

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“No matter what is happening around us, we do not have to react impulsively, but can learn to respond. Giving into automatic negative reactions can become addictive and it’s important to learn how to diffuse them. Learning how to remain calm in times of stress will not only make things go more smoothly immediately, it can also, over time, help you lead a healthier, happier life.”



Nothing Else
July 19, 2018

Related imageThere is a simple way to become awakened:

if you refrain from unwholesome actions,

are not attached to birth and death,

and are compassionate toward all sentient beings,

respectful to seniors and kind to juniors,

not discarding nor desiring anything,

with no designing thoughts or worries,

you will become a Buddha. Do not seek anything else.

―Dōgen Zenji

Looking at the looker

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Applying attention practice, we use our emotions as a focus for developing awareness, an opportunity to look at the ‘looker’. Just as we need sound to look at sound, form to look at form, we need emotions to look at emotions. In fact, intense emotions can be our best friends in terms of stabilizing the mind, giving the restless bird a branch on which to rest.

– Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book “Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom”

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A rare and precious treasure

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 To meet someone who really hurts you, is to meet a rare and precious treasure. Hold that person in high esteem, and make full use of the opportunity to eradicate your defects and make progress on the path. If you cannot yet feel love and compassion for those who treat you badly, it is a sign that your mind has not been fully transformed, and that you need to keep working on it with increased application.– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva”

The practitioner of self-liberation

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The practitioner of self-liberation is like an ordinary person as far as the way in which the thoughts of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, manifest themselves as creative energy. However, the ordinary person, taking these really seriously and judging them as acceptable or rejecting them, continues to get caught up in situations and becomes conditioned by attachment and aversion.

Not doing this, a practitioner, when such thoughts arise, experiences freedom: initially, by recognizing the thought for what it is, it is freed just like meeting a previous acquaintance; then it is freed in and of itself, like a snake shedding its skin; and finally, thought is freed in being unable to be of benefit or harm, like a thief entering an empty house.

– Patrul Rinpoche

quoted in the book “You Are the Eyes of the World”