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Shards of Truth
For the New Year my greatest wish and prayer for you is that you cast aside wrong habits of thinking and doing. Donít drag your bad habits into the New Year. You donít have to carry them with you. Leave behind all useless thoughts, past sorrows, and bad habits. See life anew.
- Paramahansa Yoganananda
December 28, 2014
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus
December 21, 2014
Paths cannot be taught,
they can only be taken.
- Zen Saying
December 14, 2014
The mind of attachment arises from the stopping mind. Ö Stopping means the mind is being detained by some matter, which may be any matter at all. If there is some thought within the mind, though you listen to the words spoken by another, you will not really be able to hear. This is because your mind has stopped with your own thoughts. When facing a single tree, if you look at a single one of its red leaves, you will not see all the others. When the eye is not set on any one leaf, and you face the tree with nothing at all in mind, any number of leaves are visible to the eye without limit. Similarly the wheels of a cart go around because they are not rigidly in place. If they were to stick tight, they would not go round. The mind is also something that does not function if it becomes attached to a single situation. The mind that stops or is moved by something, this is the affliction of the abiding place. To be called, to respond without interval, is the wisdom of the Buddhas.
December† 7, 2014
When I was a boy, I fell into a hole in the ground, was broken, and could not climb out. A stranger came along and saved me. He said it was his obligation; that for help he once received, he must help ten others, each of who would the help ten others. In this way, good deeds would spread out like the ripples from a pebble in a pond.
November 30, 2014
Be grateful for the home you have,
knowing that at this moment,
all you have is all you need.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
Posted November 23, 2014
See your skin as what connects you to the universe, not as what separates you from it.
- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christís Childhood Pal
Posted November 16, 2014
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
Posted November 9, 2014
Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us.
But within that inch we are free. Ö
An inch. It is small and it is fragile and it is the only thing in the world worth having.
We must never lose it or give it away.
We must never let them take it from us.
- V is for Vendetta
Posted November 2, 2014
When a fear becomes strong enough,
it is like another being within you who fights to stay alive.
Posted October 26, 2014
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.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Posted October 19, 2014
What is the mind like if itís not occupied with plans and schemes, and fears that the plans and schemes will fail? What if your unexamined beliefs were to fall away and you were to live without them, and also to live without the thought that you had given anything up?
- John Tarrant
Posted October 12, 2014
The wise Ö are not tossed with the ups and downs of the waves of happiness and misery.† They dive deep into the Spirit-Ocean of Bliss, avoiding the storms of delusion, the waves of change that rage on the surface of human consciousness.
- Paramahansa Yogananda
Posted October 5, 2014
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed;
Never throw out anybody.
- Sam Levenson
Posted September 26, 2014
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus
Posted September 21, 2014
If you want to follow the doctrine of the One, do not rage against the World of the Senses.
Only by accepting the World of the Senses can you share in the True Perception.
- Seng Tísan
Posted September 14, 2014
If you want to see the heroic, look at those that can return love in return for hatred.
If you want to see the brave, look for those who can forgive.
- Bhagavad Gita
Posted September 7, 2014
A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
- Albert Einstein
Posted August 31, 2014
The secret is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water;
but to walk on the earth.
Ė Chinese Proverb
Posted August 24, 2014
You are unique as you are here and now. You are never the same. You will never be the same again. You have never before been what you are now. You will never be it again.
- Swami Prajnanpad
Posted August 17, 2014
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old,
but on building the new.
Posted August 10, 2014
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are... knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
- George Eliot
Posted August 3, 2014
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy;
for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life before we can enter another.
- Anatole France
Posted July 27, 2014
If we had to tolerate in others all that we permit in ourselves,
life would become completely unbearable.
- George Courteline
Posted July 20, 2014
Never measure the height of the mountain, until you have reached the top.
Then you will see how low it was.
- Dag Hammerskjold
Posted July 13, 2014
People imagine enlightenment will make them incredibly powerful. And it does. It makes you the most powerful being in all the universe Ė but usually no one else notices.
- Brad Warner
Posted July 6, 2014
The choice between "having fun" and "settling down" is a false one.
I'm here to tell you you can have both.
- Clayton Cubitt
Posted June 29, 2014
On a summer day, do you not feel the warmth of the sun? There is no need to gaze into the sky to see if it is there. If you were to gaze upward, would you not be blinded by the sunís brightness? The truth of the Tao is much as is the summer sun. It can be felt without looking and to seek is to be blinded.
Posted June 22, 2014
It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.
- Johann Schiller
Posted June 15, 2014
Nothing in the cry of the cicadas suggests they are about to die.
Posted June 8, 2014
There is no fire like greed.
No crime like hatred.
No sorrow like separation.
No sickness like hunger of heart.
And no joy like the joy of freedom.
Ė The Dhammapada
Posted June 1, 2014
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
-Minot J. Savage
Posted May 25, 2014
Why, sometimes Iíve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
- The White Queen (Alice in Wonderland)
Posted May 18, 2014
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray
Posted May 11, 2014
I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
- Arthur Rubinstein
Posted May 4, 2014
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
Posted April 27, 2014
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
- John Wooden
Posted April 20, 2014
Even our misfortunes are part of our belongings.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Posted April 13, 2014
A club hurts the flesh,
but evil words hurt the bone.
- Chinese Proverb
Posted April 6, 2014
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings awaken to the
light of their true nature.
May all beings be free.
- Metta Prayer
Posted March 30, 2014
Spring is the time of birth.
This first moment in our lives has a bearing on what will come later.
Like the instant when a potter throws a lump of clay on a wheel,
that event begins all others.
- Deng Ming-Dao
Posted March 23, 2014
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift.
That is why it is called the present.
- Master Oogway, Kung-Fu Panda
Posted March 16, 2014
One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.
- Master Oogway, Kung-Fu Panda
Posted March 9, 2014
As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.†
Posted February 26, 2014
Honor dies where interest lies.
Posted February 23, 2014
If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud there will be no water; without water, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, you cannot make paper. So the cloud is in here. The existence of this page is dependent upon the existence of a cloud. Paper and cloud are so close.
- Thich Nhat Hahn
Posted February 16, 2014
The first question to ask when something doesnít seem to be beautiful is why do I think itís not beautiful?† And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.
- John Cage
Posted February 9, 2014
A civilization must be judged and assessed, not by the level of power it has reached,
but how it develops and expresses a love of humanity through its laws and institutions.
- Rabindranath Tagore
Posted February 2, 2014
We accept the graceful falling
†of mountain cherry blossoms,
but it is much harder for us
to fall away from our own
attachment to the world.
Posted January 26, 2014
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted January 19, 2014
Violence is not merely killing another.
It is violence when we use a sharp word,
when we make a gesture to brush away a person,
when we obey because there is fear.
Posted January 12, 2014
Embrace your quirks. No one would care about a Straight Tower of Pisa.
- Clayton Cubitt
Posted January 5, 2014
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