Archives for the month of: June, 2014

June 30, 2014 002

 

I am inviting you to go deeper,

to learn and to practice

so that you become someone

who has a great capacity

for being solid, calm, and without fear,

because our society needs people like you

who have these qualities,

and your children, our children,

need people like you,

in order to go on,

in order to become solid,

and calm, and without fear.

 
Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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June 27, 2014  garden at dusk 020

By three things the wise person may be known.

What three?

He sees a shortcoming as it is.

When he sees it, he tries to correct it.

And when another acknowledges a shortcoming,

the wise one forgives it as he should.

 

A Buddha

 

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June 19 garden 002

Breath is the bridge

which connects life to consciousness,

which unites your body

to your thoughts.

Whenever your mind becomes scattered,

use your breath

as the means to take hold

of your mind again.

 

Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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June 20 Between 035

 

The wave does not need to die to become water.

 

She is already water.

 
Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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June 20 Between 054People usually consider

walking on water or in thin air a miracle.

But I think the real miracle

is not to walk either on water or in thin air,

but to walk on earth.

 

Every day we are engaged in a miracle

which we don’t even recognize:

a blue sky, white clouds,

green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child

— our own two eyes.

All is a miracle.

 

Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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June 21 Garden Center 002

 

Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma

see no Dharma in every day actions.

They have not yet discovered that

there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma.

 

Dogen

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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 008
The teacher, or the spiritual friend,
enters your system much as medicine
is injected into your veins.
According to the tradition,
this is known as planting the heart of enlightenment
in your heart.
It is transplanting the full moon
into your heart. ..
….By the way,
once that moon has entered your heart,
it cannot be a waning moon.
It never wanes.
It is always waxing.
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Chogyam Trungpa
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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 002

 

Overcome your uncertainties

and free yourself from dwelling on sorrow.

When you delight in existence,

you will awaken,

and become a guide to those in need,

revealing the path to many.

 

 

Buddhist Teaching

 

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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 036

Nothing in the world

can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not;

nothing is more common

than the unsuccessful man with talent.

Genius will not;

un-rewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not —

the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination are omnipotent.

 

Calvin Coolidge

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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 029

Whatever words we utter
should be chosen with care
for people will hear them
and be influenced by them
for good or ill.
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The wise ones
fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted
through a sieve.
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The Buddha
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