September 14, 2011 at 3:45 am (Uncategorized) ()

Our hands can choose to drop the knife/Our hearts can choose to stop the hating/ for every moment of our life/is the beginning…

We cannot know what will occur/just make our journey worth the taking/and pray we’re wiser than we were/ in the beginning..

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong” ~Ghandhi

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” ~Abraham Lincoln

“It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.” ~Oscar Wilde

A visiting Zen student asked Ajahn Chah, “How old are you? Do you live here all year round?”
“I live nowhere, he replied. There is no place you can find me. I have no age. To have age, you must exist, and to think you exist is already a problem. Don’t make problems, then the world has none either. Don’t make a self. There’s nothing more to say.”

Question: You often speak about the need for mental peace. What do you mean by it? Does it denote a specific state of mind?
Dalai Lama: Mental peace? If you reduce anger and attachment, you reach a point when your mind always remains calm or stable. It is as simple as that. Strong anger and attachment create waves in your mind. People may not realize when they yield to desire or develop attachment that it will cause them mental unrest. But actually, when a strong desire or attachment occurs, during that moment mental peace is lost. To reduce attachment, especially anger or hatred, leads to mental calmness. This is what we call mental peace.
: Isn’t it also necessary to practice meditation to obtain mental peace?
DL: My experience is that it is obtained mainly through reasoning. Meditation does not help much.
The main cure is to realize how harmful, how negative, anger is. Once you realize very clearly, very convincingly how negative it is, that realization itself has power to reduce anger. You must see that it always brings unhappiness and trouble. Of course anger comes. Anger is like a friend or relative [whom] you cannot avoid and always have to associate with. When you get to know him you realize that he is difficult and that you have to be careful. Every time you meet that person–still on friendly terms–you take some precaution. As a result the influence that he has over you grows less and less. In the same way you see the anger coming, but you realize “Ah, it always brings trouble, there is not much point to it.” The anger will lose its power or force. So with time it gets weaker and weaker.

“True love is the desire to maintain the happiness of all beings impartially, regardless of whether we like them or not.” ~Ling Rinpoche

“Karma means that whatever we do, with our bodies, speech, or minds, will have a corresponding result. Each action, even the smallest, is pregnant with its consequences. It is said by the masters that even a little poison can cause death, and even a tiny seed can become a huge tree. And as Buddha said: “Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small; however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain.”
Similarly he said: “Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a huge vessel.”
Karma does not decay like external things, or ever become inoperative. It cannot be destroyed “by time, fire, or water.” Its power will never disappear, until it is ripened.” ~Sogyal Rinpoche


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