Archives for category: Arrogance

November 22, 2014 frost 053

Lord, thou knowest better than myself

that I am growing older and will soon be old.

Keep me from becoming too talkative,

and especially from the unfortunate habit

of thinking that I must say something

on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea

that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs.

With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom,

it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it.

But thou knowest, Lord,

that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details;

give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience

to listen to the complaints of others;

help me to endure them with charity.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains —

they increase with the increasing years

and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory,

only for a little more humility

and less self-assurance

when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle.

I do not have the ambition to become a saint –

– it is so hard to live with some of them –

– but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental,

helpful but not bossy.

Let me discover merits where I had not expected them,

and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any.

And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.

Margot Benary-Isbert


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October 19, 2014 fall color 010


A man who is averse from harming even the wind

knows the sorrow of all things living. . . .

He who knows what is bad for himself

knows what is bad for others,

and he who knows what is bad for others

knows what is bad for himself.

This reciprocity should always be borne in mind.

Those whose minds are at peace

and who are free from passions

do not desire to live [at the expense of others]. . . .

He who understands

the nature of sin against wind

is called a true sage who understands karma.



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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 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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June 12, 2014 eggplant 049


A man is not called wise

because he talks and talks again;

but if he is peaceful,

loving and fearless

then he is in truth called wise.


Siddhartha Guatama


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May 27. 2014 Herons 039


Treasure silence when you find it,

and while being mindful of your duties,

set time aside,

to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception

and see yourself as you really are.




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May 27. 2014 Herons 066

Take small account of might,

wealth and fame,

for they soon pass and are forgotten.


Instead, nurture love within you

and strive to be a friend to all.

Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.




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April 19, 2014 wisteria 127

However deep your
Knowledge of the scriptures,
It is no more than a strand of hair
In the vastness of space;
However important appears
Your worldly experience,
It is but a drop of water in a deep ravine.



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April 9 2014 buds 056


The very purpose of religion

is to control yourself,

not to criticize others.

Rather, we must criticize ourselves.

How much am I doing about my anger?

About my attachment,

about my hatred,

about my pride,

my jealousy?

These are the things

which we must check in daily life.


H. H. Tenzin Gyatso


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March 12, 2014 CW 101

No, a true seeker,

one who truly wished to find,

could accept no doctrine.

But the man who has found what he sought,

such a man could approve of every doctrine,

each and every one,

every path, every goal;

nothing separated him any longer

from all those thousands of others

who lived in the eternal,

who breathed the Divine.

Hermann Hesse

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