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Our society is founded on a very limited definition of power, namely wealth, professional success, fame, physical strength, military might, and political control. My dear friends, I suggest that there is another kind of power, a greater power: the power to be happy right in the present moment, free from addiction, fear, despair, discrimination, anger, and ignorance. This power is the birthright of every human being, whether celebrated or unknown, rich or poor, strong or weak.
Thich Nhan Hanh, The Art of Power, p. 1
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Buddha (via theorderofthings)
Don’t get mad, don’t get even. //
If we want to succeed in life and bring about a more peaceful world, we must learn to control our emotions and not to be affected by a moment of anger.
- Master Hsing Yun, “Don’t Get Mad, Don’t Get Even”
Read the entire article in the Tricycle Wisdom Collection (via wordydoodles)
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Gautama Buddha graphic finished

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Gautama Buddha graphic finished

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
Dalai Lama (via ayurvedadosha)

(via lovelightandmarijuana)

Let us all embody the virtues of the Bodhisattvas:

1. Compassion

2. Wisdom

3. Understanding

4. Peacefulness

5. Gentleness

6. Kindness

7. Fortitude

8. Steadfastness

9. Happiness

Striving to live these through our actions and words is to help all realize the true illuminating power of the Buddha-mind.

Anonymous (via zentaku)
holly-hobgoblin:

Quan Yin is the Goddess/Bodhisattva/Immortal/Deity-in-General who inspires me the most right now. It’s convenient for me that she’s the patroness of vegetarians, too. ;)
Image taken from Lightworkers.org.


Kuan Yin the patroness of vegetarians? Never heard that one before, but…yeah. I’m down  with that.

holly-hobgoblin:

Quan Yin is the Goddess/Bodhisattva/Immortal/Deity-in-General who inspires me the most right now. It’s convenient for me that she’s the patroness of vegetarians, too. ;)

Image taken from Lightworkers.org.

Kuan Yin the patroness of vegetarians? Never heard that one before, but…yeah. I’m down with that.

(via holly-hobgoblin-deactivated2012)

If we consider our practice to be “spiritual” only when it takes place in the context of formal meditations, we are missing how critical daily relationships are to our awakening. We are avoiding the disturbing, exciting and confusing emotions that are whipped up in relationships. We are avoiding facing how easily the loving, peaceful person at a silent retreat can turn into an angry and hurtful person when in contact with another human being.
Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, p. 287
Those who are devotional by nature might seek safety and refuge in the living spirit of the Buddha’s awakened heart and mind. Much like praying to Christ or the Divine Mother, we can take refuge in a being or presence that cares about our suffering. In taking this first refuge, I sometimes say, “I take refuge in the Beloved” and surrender into what I experience as the boundlessness of compassion. When I am feeling fear, I surrender it to the Beloved. By this, I am not trying to get rid of fear, but rather letting go into a refuge that is vast enough to hold my fear with love.
Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, p. 175

How Should You Feel When Some Fucker You Hate Kicks It?

My feelings are more mixed. I feel sad for his wife and for his kids, who have lost a husband and a father. From the sounds of it, Breitbart’s schedule was insane; indeed, as Andrew Sullivan noted, he may have worked himself to death. Which would make Breitbart a symptom of the sickness of our times in more ways than one.

Am I angry at Breitbart for his role in the farcical pantomime that is modern American politics? Yeah. But I’d wish that something other than an untimely death had stopped him. A personal reckoning, or a spiritual awakening of some kind. Perhaps a massive heart attack that led him to conclude he should spend what little time he might have left on this Earth being a dude and a dad.

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