July 19, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/19/2014


"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 18, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/18/2014


"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 17, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/17/2014


"When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending."


~Thích Nhất Hạnh


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July 15, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/15/2014


"The first noble truth of the Buddha is that when we feel suffering, it doesn't mean that something is wrong. What a relief. Finally somebody told the truth. Suffering is part of life, and we don't have to feel it's happening because we personally made the wrong move. In reality, however, when we feel suffering, we think that something is wrong. As long as we're addicted to hope, we feel that we can tone our experience down or liven it up or change it somehow, and we continue to suffer a lot."


~Pema Chödrön


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July 14, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/14/2014


"We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of someone who is awake, that's death. Seeking security or perfection, rejoicing in feeling confirmed and whole, self contained and comfortable, is some kind of death. It doesn't have any fresh air. There's no room for something to come in and interrupt all that. We are killing the moment by controlling our experience."
 

~Pema Chödrön


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July 13, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/13/2014


"Awakeness is found in our pleasure and our pain, our confusion and our wisdom, available in each moment of our weird, unfathomable, ordinary everyday lives."
 

~Pema Chödrön


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Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 7/12/2014


"We awaken this bodhichitta, this tenderness for life, when we can no longer shield ourselves from the vulnerability of our condition, from the basic fragility of existence. In the words of the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, "You take it all in. You let the pain of the world touch your heart and you turn it into compassion." It is said that in difficult times, it is only bodhichitta that heals."


~Pema Chödrön


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