Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Jack Kornfield

When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another - and ourselves.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

Under the bright sun, many of us are gathered together with different languages, different styles of dress, even different faiths. However, all of us are the same in being humans, and we all uniquely have the thought of I, and we´re all the same in wanting happiness and in wanting to avoid suffering.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Jack Kornfield

"When we come into the present, we begin to feel the life around us again, but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding. We must have the courage to face whatever is present / our pain, our desires, our grief, our loss, our secret hopes our love / everything that moves us most deeply."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquillity and happiness we all seek.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Sogyo (1667-1731)

Even moonlit dewdrops,
If you're lured to watch,
Are a wall before the Truth.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

We must recognise that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ramana Maharshi

Without consciousness,
Time and space do not exist;
They appear within Consciousness
But have no reality of their own.
It is like a screen on which
All this is cast as pictures and move
As in a cinema show.
The Absolute Consciousness
Alone is our real nature.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Buddha

May all living beings have happiness and the causes of happiness;
May all living beings be free from misery and the causes of misery;
May all living beings never be separated from happiness, devoid of misery;
May all living beings abide in equanimity free from prejudicial attachments and aversions.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Buddha

May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness
--the children, the aged, the unprotected--
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Traditional Prayer

I take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
Until I attain Enlightenment.
By merit accumulations from practicing generosity and the other perfections
May I attain Enlightenment,
for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Buddha from the Dhammapada

"The fickle, unsteady mind, so hard to guard, so hard to control, the wise man straightens, as the fletcher straightens the arrow."

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sayagyi U Ba Khin

The Dhamma can stand the test of those who are anxious to do so. They can know for themselves what the benefits are.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Godwin Samararatne

"Meditation is finding the medicine for the sickness we have created by ourselves"

Friday, May 9, 2008

Tenzin Gyatso

When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Ramana Maharshi

"Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later, you take on limitations and become the mind"

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

S N Goenka

I do not wish to convert people from one organized religion to another; I have no interest in any of these organised religions. My interest is in Dhamma - the truth, the Teachings of all Enlightened ones. If at all there is any conversion, it should be from misery to happiness, from defilement to purity, from bondage to liberation, from ignorance to enlightenment.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Buddha from the Dhammapada

"Heedful among the heedless, watchful among the sleeping, the wise man outstrips the foolish man as a race horse outstrips an old horse."

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sayagyi U Ba Khin

Love which is alone the means for the unity of mankind, must be supreme, and it cannot be so unless the mind is transcendently pure.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Buddha from the Dhammapada

"Irrigators lead the water; fletchers fashion the shaft; carpenters carve the wood; the wise discipline themselves."

Friday, May 2, 2008

Nayanaponika Thero

"Meditation is knowing the mind, shaping the mind and freeing the mind"

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Buddha from the Dhammapada

"Calm is his mind, calm is his speech, calm is his action, who, rightly knowing, is wholly freed, perfectly peaceful, and equipoised."