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Go your own way

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Now that you have learned
what cannot be taught,
go your way.

Now that you have seen
what cannot be shown,
go your way.

Now that you have discovered
that which was not hidden,
go your way.

Now that we are united in
what is inseparable,
go your way.

Now that you have returned to
where you have never left,
go your way.

Now that you know
That which has no path,
go your own way.

~ Mooji ~

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Meditation is not something extraordinary

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meditating-buddha-largeMeditation practice is not something extraordinary. Most of us eat every day, bathe every day, and sleep every night, because they are basic and necessary for our wellbeing. So is meditation. It gives us rootedness and emotional solidity. It allows us to maintain our centeredness —our peace— when faced with the constant challenges of daily life.

But it may take time to establish daily regularity. We can start with a modest, achievable goal: two or three times per week, and build on that. Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche used to say, to encourage whatever level of regular practice is possible at any given moment: “Seven days a week is optimal, but 6 days is better than 5, 5 is better than 4, 4 is better than 3, 3 is better than 2, 2 is better than 1, and 1 is better than none.”

Every action has consequences, and every cause produces…

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Go your own way

Zen Flash

Now that you have learned
what cannot be taught,
go your way.

Now that you have seen
what cannot be shown,
go your way.

Now that you have discovered
that which was not hidden,
go your way.

Now that we are united in
what is inseparable,
go your way.

Now that you have returned to
where you have never left,
go your way.

Now that you know
That which has no path,
go your own way.

~ Mooji ~

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When you complain

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When you complain, you make yourself a victim.
Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it.
All else is madness.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~


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All

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14718758_191996304542072_137950620795179261_nAll that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thought.

If we speak or act with an evil thought, pain follows us, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.

If we speak or act with a pure thought, happiness follows us, like a shadow that never leaves us.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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All

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14718758_191996304542072_137950620795179261_nAll that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thought.

If we speak or act with an evil thought, pain follows us, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.

If we speak or act with a pure thought, happiness follows us, like a shadow that never leaves us.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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If a statement is ‘true’ but leads to harm, it is, in fact, false

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14717276_885680428198100_3947761358165614914_nIf a statement is ‘true’ but leads to harm, it is, in fact, false.

What is the real meaning of true and untrue?

That which is helpful to others is true.

—Kambala, Alokamala v 37

A statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken.

It is blameless and  not faulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth.

It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially.

It is spoken with a mind of good-will.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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