Archives for category: Generosity

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Life isn’t just about darkness or light, rather it’s about finding light within the darkness.

 

Landon Parham

 

As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.

 

Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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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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March 17, 2014 budding 005

Embracing Tao, you become embraced.
Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.
Clearing your vision, you become clear.
Nurturing your beloved, you become impartial.
Opening your heart, you become accepted.
Accepting the World, you embrace Tao.
Bearing and nurturing,
Creating but not owning,
Giving without demanding,
Controlling without authority,
This is love.
Lao Tse

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Kindness is a language

which the deaf can hear,

and the blind can read.

Mark Twain

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The most precious gift

we can offer others is our presence.

When mindfulness

embraces those we love,

they will bloom like flowers.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Kindness in words
creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking
creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving
creates love.
Lao Tzu
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December 26 2013 Christmas 042

In my heart, I feel deep gratefulness
All my heart is filled with sincere prayer
From all corners of the world
Let us join our hearts and pray
For a world of harmony and peace

In my heart, I feel deep gratefulness
May all the Buddhas hear my prayer
All united with one heart
Let us end our hate with love
May there be no suffering year after year

From my heart, I pray
May we join our hands, our hearts as one
Spread the seeds of Great Love
Nurture wisdom evermore
Let us fill the world with hope

In my heart, I feel deep gratefulness
May all the Buddhas know my prayer
All united with on heart
Let us end our hate with love
May there be no suffering year after year.

Let’s make an aspiration together:

“May there be no suffering year after year.”

A Tzu Chi Prayer Song

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re blogged from:  LIJIUN

(Please visit Li Jiun’s original page to see the wonderful photo of the Buddha at sunrise)

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Master Cheng Yen’s Jing Si Aphorisms

December 5 2013 DOG St 005
We don’t set out
to save the world;
we set out to wonder
how other people are doing
and to reflect
on how our actions
affect other people’s hearts.

Pema Chodron

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The creatures

that inhabit this earth-

be they human beings or animals-

are here to contribute,

each in its own particular way,

to the beauty

and prosperity of the world.

H. H. Tenzin Gyatso

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“Give thanks for unknown blessings
already on their way.”

A  Native American saying