Monday, August 31, 2009

Take a Look Within

The essential truth of suffering is that neither individual nor social problems are due chiefly to external conditions.

- B. Alan Wallace, Tibetan Buddhism From the Ground Up

Mother Earth

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.

- Job 12:8


(I also recommend reading a post that Kathy made to her blog at http://kathytrejo.blogspot.com/2009/08/mother-earth.html.)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

About That Incredible Something

There exists something that cannot be described.

- Maharamayana

Thursday, August 27, 2009

X Marks the Spot - Treasure

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

~Carl Sagan

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Renewal

Whether you and I and a few others will renew the world some day remains to be seen. But within ourselves we must renew it each day.

- Herman Hesse

Monday, August 24, 2009

Far and Wide

The Divine Presence is everywhere.

- Hoshaia Rabba. Talmud: Baba Bathra

No Worry

People differ greatly in the amount of anxiety and worry they can stand: some can endure a great deal without being adversely affected, while others soon show signs of strain. You should observe yourself closely, so that you understand your own powers of endurance. By this means you will learn to divest yourself before any harm is done.

- Razi: Kitab al-Muluki

Friday, August 21, 2009

No Expectations

In meditation, don't expect anything. Just sit back and see what happens. Treat the whole thing as an experiment. Take an active interest in the test itself, but don't get distracted by your expectations about the results. For that matter, don't be anxious for any result whatsoever.

- Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"

Revolution

Our problems, both those we experience externally such as wars, crime and violence and those we experience internally as emotional and psychological suffering will not be solved until we address this underlying neglect of our inner dimension. That is why the great movements of the last hundred years and more--democracy, liberalism, socialism, and Communism--have all failed to deliver the universal benefits they were supposed to provide, despite many wonderful ideas. A revolution is called for, certainly, but not a political, an economic, or a technical revolution. We have had enough experience of these during the past century to know that a purely external approach will not suffice. What I propose is a spiritual revolution.

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

No Separateness

Those who dwell on and long for sense-pleasure are born in a world of separateness. But let them realize they are the Self and all separateness will fall away.

- Mundaka Upanishad

Surroundings

To guard your home by mysterious ceremonies is not enough, you must guard it by good deeds. With good deeds you should turn to your parents in the east, your teachers in the south, your wife and children in the west and your friends in the north. Above you, worship the spirit, and below you, honor all that serve you.

- Majjhima Nikaya

Contentment

Once a person said to a dervish, "All I ask for is a small dwelling in Paradise." The dervish replied, "If you displayed the same contentment with what you already have in this world, you would have found ultimate bliss."

- Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Fayuz E Yazdani"

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hunger for Knowledge

"We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing."

~Maria Mitchell

Thursday, August 13, 2009

One With All

All human beings are interconnected, one with all other elements in creation.

~Henry Reed

Faces

In the faces of men and women I see God.

~Walt Whitman

Monday, August 10, 2009

"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."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Remember

Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns; the original nature of your own mind. The natural state of the universe unmanifest. Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it. It is your own true nature, it is home.

- Tibetan Book of the Dead

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Seeing

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

- Albert Einstein

A Great Discovery

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.

Henry Ford

Friday, August 7, 2009

Measuring Risks

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

- Anais Nin

Monday, August 3, 2009

When You Need to Calm Down

"'I am breathing in and making my whole body calm and at peace. I am breathing out and making my whole body calm and at peace.' This is how one practices."

- The Sutra on Full Awareness of Breathing