Archives for category: Laziness

June 8, 2014 swans 001

No matter what is going on

Never give up
Develop the heart

Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart

Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate

Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work forĀ  peace

And I say again
Never give up

No matter what is going on around you
Never give up

H. H. Tenzin Gyatso


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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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December 26 2013 Christmas 054

We take a handful of sand

from the endless landscape

of awareness

around us

and call that handful of sand

the world.

Robert M. Pirsig

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

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It is as It Is

Everything is exactly as it is for a reason.
The crumb on your table is
no mystical reminder of this morning’s cookie,
it is there because you have
chosen not to remove it.

No exceptions.

Richard Bach

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Great teachers appear, highly realized, amid the deluded people of this decadent age…

They are extremely knowledgeable; they have mastered all the sciences and bestowed teachings on fortunate disciples.

However, if the disciples do not practice these teachings, they become superficially learned, which only increases their arrogance.

They may develop some discipline, but it only increases their infatuation with their own virtue.

They may reach a high position, but it only propagates greed, aggression, and laziness.

These disciples have the same defects as ordinary people and so produce benefit neither for the dharma nor for sentient beings.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2011

Design and needlework by Woodland Gnome 2011