Archives for category: Reflection

November 24, 2014 sunset 007

 

Water does not resist.

Water flows.

When you plunge your hand into it,

all you feel is a caress.

Water is not a solid wall,

it will not stop you.

But water always goes

where it wants to go,

and nothing in the end

can stand against it.

Water is patient.

Dripping water wears away a stone.

Remember that, my child.

Remember you are half water.

If you can’t go through an obstacle,

go around it.

Water does.

 

Margaret Atwood

 

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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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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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July 4, 2014 After Arthur 044
When we contemplate

the whole globe

as one great dewdrop,

striped and dotted

with continents and islands,

flying through space

with other stars

all singing and shining

together as one,

the whole universe

appears as an infinite storm of beauty.

 

John Muir

 

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June 30, 2014 017

A teacher cannot give you the truth.
The truth is already in you;
You only need to open yourself –
body, mind and heart-
so that his or her teachings
will penetrate your own seeds
of understanding and enlightenment.
If you let the words enter you,
the soil and the seeds
will do the rest of the work.

 
Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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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 20 Between 035

 

The wave does not need to die to become water.

 

She is already water.

 
Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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June 21 Garden Center 002

 

Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma

see no Dharma in every day actions.

They have not yet discovered that

there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma.

 

Dogen

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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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April 24, 2014 birds 042

Like birds landing on a tree top together,

and then dispersing,

We are together for a very short time.

So it makes sense to live in harmony;

in unconditional friendship.

 

 

Bokar Rinpoche

 

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