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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.

Margot Benary-Isbert


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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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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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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.


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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March 5 2014 parkway birds 005
Quantum theory thus reveals
a basic oneness of the universe.
It shows that we cannot decompose the world
into independently existing smallest units.
As we penetrate into matter,
nature does not show us any isolated “building blocks,”
but rather appears as a complicated web of relations
between the various parts of the whole.
These relations always include
the observer in an essential way.
The human observer constitute
the final link in the chain
of observational processes,
and the properties of any atomic object
can be understood only
in terms of the object’s interaction
with the observer.

Fritjof Capra, the Tao of Physics

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January 1 2014 Parkway 015

To understand

the heart and mind of a person,

look not  at what

he has already achieved,

but at what he aspires

to do.

Kahlil Gibran

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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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People are like stained-glass windows. 

They sparkle and shine

when the sun is out,

but when the darkness sets in,

their true beauty is revealed

only if there is light from within.



Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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The bond that links your true family
is not one of blood,
but of respect
and joy in each other’s life.
Richard Bach
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