Archives for category: Meditation instructions

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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December 17, 2014 wreath 001

 

See Me in yourselves,

as you would see yourself

in water or a mirror.

 

Agrapha

 

See in this body of Mine

The existence of the whole universe.

Be centered in the One.

 

the Bhagavad Gita

 

Wise are they who center their

hearts on the  inner essence of things,

not on outer appearances.

 

The Tao Te Ching

 

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December 12, 2014 ornaments 017

 

If you think the Kingdom of God is above you,

then birds will find it first.

 

If you think it is in the ocean,

then fish will discover it before you do.

 

Look…. the Kingdom of God

is within you and all around you.

 

The Gospel of Thomas

 

Seeking within, you will find stillness.

Here there is no more fear or attachment-

only joy.

 

The Dhammapada

 

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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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November 12, 2014 golden day 084

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“People usually consider walking on water

or in thin air a miracle.

But I think the real miracle

is not to walk either on water or in thin air,

but to walk on earth.

Every day we are engaged in a miracle

which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds,

green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child –

– our own two eyes.

All is a miracle.”

 

 

       Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

 

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“The source of love is deep in us

and we can help others realize a lot of happiness.

One word, one action,

one thought

can reduce another person’s suffering

and bring that person joy.”

 

        Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

 

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“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

 

       Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

 

 

 

 

In remembrance of Zen teacher, poet,

writer, and peace activist

Thich Nhat Hanh,

who is in hospital.

Updated information

 

November 11, 1926–

 

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September 5, 2014 phragmites 003

 

The infinite

is in the finite

of every instant

 

Zen Proverb

 

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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 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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August 3, 2014 butterflies 089

The part receives meaning from the whole,

but not vice-versa.

If we detach the individual

from his relation with the totality of the universe,

he will be reduced to a meaningless illusion,

a non-entity.

If we see him in relationship

to the whole universe,

he becomes an exponent of cosmic reality

(the Atman of the Upanishads).

And if he becomes fully conscious of it,

he becomes an Enlightened One, a Buddha.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

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