Archives for category: Peace

December 5, 2014 ornaments 004


Allow the heart to empty itself of all turmoil!

Retrieve the utter tranquility of the mind

from which you issued.

Although all forms are dynamic,

and we all grow and transform,

each of us is compelled

to return to our root.


Our root is quietude.

Lao Tzu


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November 18, 2014 moss 003

Faith dispels doubt and hesitation,

it liberates you from suffering

and delivers you

to the city of peace and happiness.


H. H. Tenzin Gyatso


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October 11, 2014 family 009


If you wish to experience peace,

provide peace for another.


HH Tenzin Gyatso


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July 19, 2014 Container 039
You can be still
and still moving.
even in your discontent.
Ram Dass/ Richard Alpert
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June 30, 2014 002


I am inviting you to go deeper,

to learn and to practice

so that you become someone

who has a great capacity

for being solid, calm, and without fear,

because our society needs people like you

who have these qualities,

and your children, our children,

need people like you,

in order to go on,

in order to become solid,

and calm, and without fear.

Thích Nhất Hạnh


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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 029

Whatever words we utter
should be chosen with care
for people will hear them
and be influenced by them
for good or ill.
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The wise ones
fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted
through a sieve.
The Buddha
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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 for  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 27. 2014 Herons 039


Treasure silence when you find it,

and while being mindful of your duties,

set time aside,

to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception

and see yourself as you really are.




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May 14, 2014 roses 001


So the thing to do when working on a motorcycle,

as in any other task,

is to cultivate the peace of mind

which does not separate one’s self

from one’s surroundings.


When that is done successfully,

then everything else follows naturally.


Peace of mind produces right values,

right values produce right thoughts.

Right thoughts produce right actions

and right actions produce work

which will be a material reflection for others

to see of the serenity at the center of it all.


Robert Pirsig


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April 26, 2014 azaleas 051

Let the magic happen.

It’s always there.

Abundance and love are always there.

Believe in the highest good. There is a higher essence to everything.

The realm you’re in has a heaviness that mutes energy.

You can penetrate through it, no matter how dark and heavy.

Sometimes it has nothing to do with karma.

Just don’t forget to keep it open.

Don’t get too bogged down, don’t limit the brightness.

Reach through the dark energy and grab it.

You might see the smoke coming out of the chimney

and you’ll even see the smoky sky.

You need to reach through the smoke

and bring the light to you.

Remember the possibilities

of something greater then are right here.

Be willing to go to the lightness.

Don’t feed off what is not right in the world.

Kuan Yin