Archives for category: impermanance

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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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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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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Fenyang

 

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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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June 27, 2014  garden at dusk 020

By three things the wise person may be known.

What three?

He sees a shortcoming as it is.

When he sees it, he tries to correct it.

And when another acknowledges a shortcoming,

the wise one forgives it as he should.

 

A Buddha

 

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June 3, 2014 Parkway 043

You cannot travel the path

until you have become the path itself.

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

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May 31, 2014 Farmer's Market 003

Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.
Robert M. Pirsig

 

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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.

 

Dhammavadaka

 

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May 24 2014 vines 063

Remember always

that you are just a visitor here,

a traveler passing through.

 

Your stay is but short

and the moment of your departure

unknown.

 

Dhammavadaka

 

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May 24 2014 vines 006

 

Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now,

the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows

how to dwell in mindfulness night and day,
‘one who knows the better way to live alone.’

 
Bhaddekaratta Sutta

 

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