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November 22, 2014 frost 045

Do not spoil what you have

by desiring what you have not;

remember that what you now have

was once among the things

you only hoped for.

.
Epicurus

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February 18 2014 parkway 068

The realms of good fortune and calamity

in human life are all made

of thoughts and imaginings.

Therefore Buddhists say

that the burning of desire for gain

is itself a pit of fire,

while drowning in greedy love

is itself a bitter sea.

The moment thoughts are pure,

fierce flames become a pond;

the moment you become aware,

the boat has arrived on the further shore.

If your thoughts vary at all,

your world will immediately differ,

so can we not be careful?

Huanchu Daoren

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February 16 spring flowers 004

Passionately obsessed by anything we love–

an avalanche of magic

flattens the way ahead,

levels rules, reasons, dissents,

bears us with it  over chasms, fears, doubts.

Without the power of that love…
Richard Bach

Finding Happiness

When we pursue the objects of sensual desire,
such as money, fame, power, and sex,
we are not able to produce true happiness.

Rather, we create a great deal of suffering for ourselves and for others.

Human beings are full of desires.

Day and night, they run after these desires, and therefore they are not free.
If they are not free, they do not feel at ease and they do not feel happy.
If we have few desires, we are satisfied with a simple, wholesome life
and we have the time to live deeply every moment of daily life
and to love and look after our dear ones.

That is the secret of true happiness.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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