A biologist might claim that a flower blooms to attract insects which then spread the pollen. But the flower itself cannot help but bloom as it does—there is no intention. Water flows effortlessly. It cannot help but flow—that is the way it is. Effortless effort, purposeless purpose, this is the real way of life. - Gyomay Kubose
We want joy without loss, we want applauses without effort, gurus without a pilgrimage, success without work, freedom without surrender, and love without loving. - Tiffani Gyatso
Apathy is not a solution. When you see others suffering, you must do what you can to help. - Roger Gabriel
Our materialist society teaches us that the only reality is the one we can hold onto, the only thing of value what we can “take to the bank.” Our spirits need nourishment as much as ever. But, having excluded the inner experience of divine ecstasy from our lives, we can look only for its physical equivalent. And no matter how hard we look, or how many low-grade ecstatic experiences we accumulate, we crave more. - Robert A. Johnson
Do no harm, practice virtues, discipline the mind. This is the teaching of all the buddhas. - Dhammapada
Praise a person’s good deeds. Do not point out a person’s faults. Don’t speak of that which brings a person shame. Listen to a person’s secrets but tell no else. - Sutra on Upasaka Precepts
The world is what it is; we have to face what is happening around us, our relationships, or just whatever goes on in our own mind. We cannot expect it all to go away. We have to be practical otherwise, we just create further suffering for ourselves. - Dzigar Kongtrul
We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most,
believe most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine
most vividly. - Shakti Gawain
To give up even before you’ve tried
is actually arrogance – an affront to the
wondrous power of life within you
and disrespectful to yourself.
It is cowardly.
- Daisaku Ikeda
I don’t mourn my lost youth. What a confused mess I was! What time I wasted! All in all, I am really quite comfortable in these last years. - Robert Aitken
Victor M. Parachin ...is a
Vedic educator, yoga instructor, Buddhist meditation teacher and author of a dozen books. Buy his books at amazon or your local bookstore.