If we just pay attention and ask, 'What is the natural consequence of this thought, of these words, of this deed?' we will have become adults. - Tashi Nyima
The only fact that doesn't change is the fact that all things constantly change. Sages cultivated patience. No matter what situation they found themselves in, they calmly waited. - Han Shan
The Buddhist path is not difficult. It is a path of removing obstructions. It is not that we need to develop perfection; perfection is already there. - Tashi Nyima
People are always looking for the easy way. The hard way - the way learned by difficult experience and painful realizations - doesn't interest them. They want a short-cut. True Dharma seekers are afraid of short-cuts. They know better. They know that without effort, there is no sense of accomplishment. - Han Shan
If you do good actions with a selfless spirit, you will soar high into the regions of bliss and peace. - Swami Sivananda
When a person is subjected to intense, intractable, pain, his behavior cannot be viewed as an expression his personality or ethical nature. When patients suffering from pain have changes in personality, become more demanding, less considerate, this is not the patient talking. Pain has a voice of it's own. - Rabbi Moshe Tendler
Make friends with the mind. You cannot tell the mind: “Do this, do not do that”, like a child. Yet this is what we are doing here in meditation. We come here, we sit in an unusual position and tell the mind: “No thoughts, no sounds, no one should be moving, no one should cough”. We want something different, something special from the mind. - Godwin Samararatne
I am a friend of the footless, I am a friend of all bipeds, I am a friend of those with four feet, I am a friend of the many footed. May all creatures, all breathing things, all beings one and all, without exception, experience good fortune only. May they not fall into any harm.
Remember that you are not as good as you think you are, and the world is not as bad as you think it is. - Rebbe Wolf of Strikov
The Japanese are notorious for creating a deadly work culture. In fact, they have a word for death by overwork - karoshi. In order to bring some relief to Japanese, a company has arranged for a Buddhist priest to bring awareness to this issue by offering a public ceremony to mourn unused vacation days. It will take place in Tokyo on November 23, which is Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan. Organizers hope that the Yukyu Joka (“paid holiday purification”) ceremony will encourage people to curb their excessive work habits and take advantage of their vacation time. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported that Japanese workers used an average of only 51.1 percent of their vacation days, the lowest rate in the world.
A Buddhist priest will perform the holiday purification ceremony, which will involve a display of 300 lanterns, each individually printed with a brief message of regret contributed by working people. These lanterns represent the “spirit” of the unused vacation days, which will be mourned and subsequently “purified” through the priest’s aspirations.
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