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November 28, 2014 thanksgiving 118

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Patience does not mean

to passively endure.

It means to be farsighted enough

to trust the end result of a process.

What does patience mean?

It means to look at the thorn

and see the rose,

to look at the night

and see the dawn.

Impatience means

to be so shortsighted

as to not be able to see the outcome.

The lovers of God

never run out of patience,

for they know that time is needed

for the crescent moon to become full.

Elif Shafak

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November 24, 2014 sunset 007

 

Water does not resist.

Water flows.

When you plunge your hand into it,

all you feel is a caress.

Water is not a solid wall,

it will not stop you.

But water always goes

where it wants to go,

and nothing in the end

can stand against it.

Water is patient.

Dripping water wears away a stone.

Remember that, my child.

Remember you are half water.

If you can’t go through an obstacle,

go around it.

Water does.

 

Margaret Atwood

 

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November 12, 2014 golden day 200

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The world, as we have created it,

is a process of our thinking.

It cannot be changed

without changing our thinking.

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Albert Einstein

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The lotus is the most beautiful flower,

whose petals open one by one.

But it will only grow in the mud.

In order to grow and gain wisdom,

first you must have the mud —

– the obstacles of life and its suffering. …

The mud speaks of the common ground

that humans share, no matter what

our stations in life. …

Whether we have it all

or we have nothing,

we are all faced with the same obstacles:

sadness, loss, illness, dying and death.

 

If we are to strive as human beings

to gain more wisdom,

more kindness and more compassion,

we must have the intention

to grow as a lotus

and open each petal one by one.

 
Goldie Hawn

 

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September 7, 2014 garden 025

 

 

All of the significant battles

are waged within the self.

 
Sheldon Kopp

 

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September 5, 2014 phragmites 044

Move,

and the Way will open

Zen Proverb

 

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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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july 25, 2014 beach 042

 

A high degree of culture and insight

are required to experience

the eternal in transient forms,

to see the timeless harmony

in the momentariness of phenomena,

to feel the infinite rhythm

that pervades

even the most insignificant forms of life.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

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july 25, 2014 beach 024

 

Life means giving and taking:

exchange, transformation.

It is breathing in and breathing out.

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It is not the taking possession of anything,

but a taking part in everything

that comes in touch with us.

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It is neither a state of possession

nor of being possessed,

neither a clinging to the objects of our experience

nor a state of indifference,

but the middle way,

the way of transformation.

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We are transformed by what we accept.

We transform what we have accepted

by assimilating it.

We are transformed by the act of giving,

and we contribute to

the transformation of others

by what we are giving.

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He who opposes this process of transformation

will die the slow death of rigidity …

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

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July 20, 2014 butterflies 051

 

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,

the master calls a butterfly.

 
Richard Bach

 

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