Archives for posts with tag: Buddhism

November 12, 2014 golden day 084


“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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October 19, 2014 fall color 010


A man who is averse from harming even the wind

knows the sorrow of all things living. . . .

He who knows what is bad for himself

knows what is bad for others,

and he who knows what is bad for others

knows what is bad for himself.

This reciprocity should always be borne in mind.

Those whose minds are at peace

and who are free from passions

do not desire to live [at the expense of others]. . . .

He who understands

the nature of sin against wind

is called a true sage who understands karma.



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August 16, 2014 garden 018


Where beauty is, then there is ugliness;
where right is, also there is wrong.

Knowledge and ignorance are interdependent;
delusion and enlightenment condition each other.

Since olden times it has been so.
How could it be otherwise now?

Wanting to get rid of one and grab the other
is merely realizing a scene of stupidity.

Even if you speak of the wonder of it all,
how do you deal with each thing changing?


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july 25, 2014 beach 024


Life means giving and taking:

exchange, transformation.

It is breathing in and breathing out.


It is not the taking possession of anything,

but a taking part in everything

that comes in touch with us.


It is neither a state of possession

nor of being possessed,

neither a clinging to the objects of our experience

nor a state of indifference,

but the middle way,

the way of transformation.

We are transformed by what we accept.

We transform what we have accepted

by assimilating it.

We are transformed by the act of giving,

and we contribute to

the transformation of others

by what we are giving.


He who opposes this process of transformation

will die the slow death of rigidity …


Lama Anagarika Govinda


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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 036

Nothing in the world

can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not;

nothing is more common

than the unsuccessful man with talent.

Genius will not;

un-rewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not —

the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination are omnipotent.


Calvin Coolidge

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June 12, 2014 eggplant 049


A man is not called wise

because he talks and talks again;

but if he is peaceful,

loving and fearless

then he is in truth called wise.


Siddhartha Guatama


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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 6 2014 garden 001

The body is a temple.

You are a projection of love.

Love the Earth, love the air,

love the water, love the fire.

Love the part of self

that is of the ethers 


Kuan Yin


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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