Archives for category: compassion

February 1, 2015 moss garden 007

 

 

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe,

a part limited in time and space.

He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling

as something separated from the rest,

a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

 

This delusion is a kind of prison for us,

restricting us to our personal desires

and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves

from this prison

by widening our circle of compassion

to embrace all living creatures

and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

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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.

Amen
Margot Benary-Isbert

 

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November 15, 2014 garden 009

 

Those who make compassion

an essential part of their lives

find the joy of life.

Kindness deepens the spirit

and produces rewards

that cannot be completely explained in words.

It is an experience more powerful than words.

To become acquainted with kindness

one must be prepared to learn new things

and feel new feelings.

Kindness is more

than a philosophy of the mind.

It is a philosophy of the spirit.

 

Robert J. Furey

 

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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.

 

Acaranga-sutra

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October 11, 2014 family 009

 

If you wish to experience peace,

provide peace for another.

 

HH Tenzin Gyatso

 

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September 5, 2014 phragmites 076

 

Water which is too pure

has no fish.

 
Ts’ai Ken T’an

 

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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 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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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 25, 2014 beach 009

 

The earth is trying to teach humans

that everything is spirit…

Being human is an opportunity

to bring spirit into all that is material…

The quality and intensity

of resonance

emanated from a given point

is thus attracted back.

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When one brings spirit

into the human realm,

it can spiritualize matter.

Matter can then become lighter,

(indeed liberated),

not as dense as before.

 

Kuan Yin

 

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