Archives for the month of: August, 2014

August 19, 2014 lavender 017

If you know the psychological nature

of your own mind,

depression is spontaneously dispelled;
instead of being enemies and strangers,

all living beings become your friends.
The narrow mind rejects;

wisdom accepts.
Check your own mind to see whether or not this is true.

 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

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August 16, 2014 garden 018

 

Where beauty is, then there is ugliness;
where right is, also there is wrong.

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Knowledge and ignorance are interdependent;
delusion and enlightenment condition each other.

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Since olden times it has been so.
How could it be otherwise now?

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Wanting to get rid of one and grab the other
is merely realizing a scene of stupidity.

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Even if you speak of the wonder of it all,
how do you deal with each thing changing?
Ryokan

 

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August 9, 2014 hummingbird moth 060
When you examine the lives
of the most influential people
who have ever walked among us,
you discover one thread
that winds through them all.
They have been aligned first
with their spiritual nature
and only then
with their physical selves.
Albert Einstein
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August 9, 2014 hummingbird moth 078

 

The most important aspect of love

is not in giving or the receiving:

it’s in the being.

When I need love from others,

or need to give love to others,

I’m caught in an unstable situation.

Being in love,

rather than giving or taking love,

is the only thing that provides stability.

Being in love

means seeing the Beloved all around me.

 

 

Ram Dass/ Richard Alpert

 

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August 7, 2014 garden 033

 

Few people believe their
Inherent mind is Buddha.
Most will not take this seriously,
And therefore are cramped.

 
They are wrapped up in illusions, cravings,
Resentments, and other afflictions,
All because they love the cave of ignorance.

 

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Fenyang

 

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October 1, 2010 032

 

Sunyata

is that incommensurable element of metaphysical reality

which, in contrast to its phenomenal or formal elements,

can only be circumscribed as

“emptiness from all conceptual designations,”

similar to “space”

which includes and contains all things and movements

and is at the same time contained in them.

 

Sunyata is, so to say,

the spiritual space

whose emptiness

(this is the literal explanation of Sunyata)

makes possible

the wealth of forms and activities

and the freedom which exists prior to any law

(“at the first step we are free,

at the second we are slaves”),

the purity and liberty of action of the Origin.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

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August 3, 2014 butterflies 089

The part receives meaning from the whole,

but not vice-versa.

If we detach the individual

from his relation with the totality of the universe,

he will be reduced to a meaningless illusion,

a non-entity.

If we see him in relationship

to the whole universe,

he becomes an exponent of cosmic reality

(the Atman of the Upanishads).

And if he becomes fully conscious of it,

he becomes an Enlightened One, a Buddha.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

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July 24, 2014 hummingbird 023

 

Man often becomes

what he believes himself to be.

If I keep on saying to myself

that I cannot do a certain thing,

it is possible

that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.

On the contrary,

if I have the belief that I can do it,

I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it

even if I may not have it

at the beginning.

 

Mahatma Gandhi

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July 28, 2014 pond 019

Do not make the mistake

of supposing that the little world you see around you –

the Earth,

which is a mere grain of dust in the Universe –

is the Universe itself.

There are millions upon millions of such worlds,

and greater.

And there are millions of millions

of such Universes in existence

within the Infinite Mind of THE ALL.

 

Three Initiates, from The Kybalion

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