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“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”

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“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It
has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the
crumbling away of untruth. It's seeing
through the facade of pretence. It's the
complete eradication of everything we
imagined to be true.”
― Adyashanti


Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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It is important to recognize the power of our emotions-and to take responsibility for them by creating a light and positive atmosphere around ourselves. This attitude of joy that we create helps alleviate states of hopelessness, loneliness, and despair. Our relationships with others thus naturally improve, and little by little the whole of society becomes more positive and balanced. ~Tarthang Tulku

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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Be grateful for whomever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from the beyond.
~ Jalal Al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” ~ Thích Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

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When we learn to deal directly with our complaints and difficulties, romanticized ideas about the spiritual path are no longer meaningful. We see that what is important is to take responsibility for ourselves, and to always be aware of our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

~Tarthang Tulku

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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"Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are." - Jose Ortega y Gasset

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“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, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times



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“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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“When someone tells you, “I love you,” and then you feel, “Oh, I must be worthy after all,” that’s an illusion. That’s not true. Or someone says, “I hate you,” and you think, “Oh, God, I knew it; I’m not very worthy,” that’s not true either. Neither one of these thoughts hold any intrinsic reality. They are an overlay. When someone says, “I love you,” he is telling you about himself, not you. When someone says, “I hate you,” she is telling you about herself, not you. World views are self views—literally”
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DO OUR DEFENSE MECHANISMS WORK?

We learned many defense mechanisms at an early age, thinking that a good defense would be the best protection. We have continued this approach as adults. We’re still afraid that we’ll be criticized or we’ll fail if we don’t assert ourselves. On some level we worry that we won’t be functional if we aren’t assertive. We might never leave the house if we don’t pump ourselves up. Perhaps we should reexamine these assumptions, to see what really works. We need to investigate whether it’s beneficial to build ourselves up, especially to do so by putting others down.

Excerpted from:
“Discovering Our Capacity to Love,” in Mindfulness in Action
by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, pages 9 to 10.

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I found this one in Thich Nhat Hanh's book: No Death, No Fear

The first Mindfulness Train is about freedom from views:
"Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist teachings are guiding means to help us learn to look deeply and to develop our understanding and compassion. They are not doctrines to fight, kill or die for."

Such a true statement.

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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I love this one! Thanks for sharing! Oops! I thought this would post under the photo quote!

“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.”

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"To be truly free one must take on the basic conditions as they are—painful, impermanent, open, imperfect—and then be grateful for impermanence and the freedom it grants us. For in a fixed universe there would be no freedom." ~Gary Snyder

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People generally eat up the teachings, but when it comes to doing tonglen, they say, “Oh, it sounded good, but I didn’t realize you actually meant it.” In its essence, this practice is: when anything is painful or undesirable, breathe it in. In other words, you don’t resist it. You surrender to yourself, you acknowledge who you are, you honor yourself. As unwanted feelings and emotions arise, you actually breathe them in and connect with what all humans feel. We all know what it is to feel pain in its many guises.


~ Pema Chödrön

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In difficult times it is only bodhichitta that heals. When inspiration has become hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself. This is the time to touch the genuine heart of bodhichitta.
~When Things Fall Apart, page 86 Pema Chodron

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" Doubt is the pinprick in the life raft "

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This is a quote from Time, Space and Knowledge (book) by Tarthang Tulku, Nyingma Tradition: "In order to create a sense of harmony and satisfaction both within ourselves and in our relationships with others, it is essential that we develop an awareness of the limitations which we have been passively accepting due to our restricted perspectives and presuppositions."

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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Thanks, Marielle!

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from Everything Mind by Chris Grosso, p. 142.
by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Fransforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation (New York Broadway Books, 1999, p.124)

I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.
I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape having ill-health.
I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.
My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out."
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"Recently, I was teaching from a Buddhist text called The Way of the Bodhisattva, which offers guidance to those who wish to dedicate their lives to alleviating suffering and to bringing benefit to all sentient beings. This was composed in the eighth century in India by a Buddhist master named Shantideva. In it he has an interesting point to make about peace. He says something along the lines of, “If these long-lived, ancient, aggressive patterns of mine that are the wellspring only of unceasing woe, that lead to my own suffering as well as the suffering of others, if these patterns still find their lodging safe within my heart, how can joy and peace in this world ever be found?” Shantideva is saying that as long as we justify our own hard-heartedness and our own self-righteousness, joy and peace will always elude us. We point our fingers at the wrongdoers, but we ourselves are mirror images; everyone is outraged at everyone else›s wrongness."

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MARIELLELAMAR1, That Joko Beck quote was just what I needed right now! Thanks for posting it. Everything in life really can be our teacher. I'm reminded of the way the Dalai Lama refers to the Chinese who ran him out of his homeland,as "My friends, the enemies." Because he says that they have given him much to work out within himself about his own anger, and forgiveness, etc.

What provides the fullness you hunger for is not grasping at what's pleasant, or rejecting what isn't, but staying present with whatever is going on. --R. Kabatznick


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Good quote! emoticon

"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out."
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Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru. ~Joko Beck (AZ QUOTES)

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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LeslieJean thank you for your support.

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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I'm sorry about your sister.

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Thank you for the quote. My sister (75 yo) just made her transition this morning and Pema Chodron's words are so appropriate for my current circumstance.


Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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PRICELESS ADVICE

The next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you’re feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering—yours, mine, and that of all living beings. --Pema Chodron

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"Whatever you most care about, let this tenderness of heart energize your meditation. The sincerity of your longing will carry you home." ~Tara Brach, "True Refuge"

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Thanks for the quote, Marielle. That says so much in one sentence. emoticon

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There was an interview with the Rev. Dr. David Zunigo in the Patheos on line magazine as follows:
Answering a question about why we are here.

"We are here to cultivate wisdom and compassion in order to transform suffering and manifest joy in the world."

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

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"The peace that we’re looking for is not peace that crumbles as soon as there is difficulty or chaos. Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises. Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened."
--Pema Chödrön

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"In Buddhism, we distinguish between spiritual experiences and spiritual realizations. Spiritual experiences are usually more vivid and intense than realizations because they are generally accompanied by physiological and psychological changes. Realizations, on the other hand, may be felt, but the experience is less pronounced. Realization is about acquiring insight. Therefore, while realizations arise out of our spiritual experiences, they are not identical to them. Spiritual realizations are considered vastly more important because they cannot fluctuate.

The distinction between spiritual experiences and realizations is continually emphasized in Buddhist thought. If we avoid excessively fixating on our experiences, we will be under less stress in our practice. Without that stress, we will be better able to cope with whatever arises, the possibility of suffering from psychic disturbances will be greatly reduced, and we will notice a significant shift in the fundamental texture of our experience."
- Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

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"Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It’s becoming critical. We don’t need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what’s already here. It’s becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way that we can benefit others." --Pema Chödrön

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“I recently read in the book My Stroke of Insight by brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor that the natural life span of an emotion—the average time it takes for it to move through the nervous system and body—is only a minute and a half. After that we need thoughts to keep the emotion rolling. So if we wonder why we lock into painful emotional states like anxiety, depression, or rage, we need look no further than our own endless stream of inner dialogue.”
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Ask a cloud: ‘What is your date of birth?

Before you were born, where were you?’

-Thich Nhat Hanh


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“Not being tense but ready.
Not thinking but not dreaming.
Not being set but flexible.
Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement.
It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”
― Ram Dass

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"Clay is shaped into a bowl, but it is the empty space that makes it useful."

-Lao Tzu

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We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.

When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

-The Dharmapada emoticon

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Most people feel cozy enough in samsara. They do not really have the genuine aspiration to go beyond samsara; they just want samsara to be a little bit better. ...
The underlying motivation to go beyond samsara is very rare, even for people who go to Dharma centers. There are many people who learn to meditate and so forth, but with the underlying motive that they hope to make themselves feel better. And if it ends up making them feel worse, instead of realizing that this may be a good sign, they think there is something wrong with Dharma. We are always looking to make ourselves comfortable in the prison house. We might think that if we get the cell wall painted a pretty shade of pale green, and put in a few pictures, it won't be a prison any more.
-Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Into the Heart of Life

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“God and Buddhas in the Orient are not final terms like Yahweh, the Trinity, or Allah, in the West—but point beyond themselves to that ineffable being, consciousness, and rapture that is the All in all of us. And in their worship, the ultimate aim is to effect in the devotee a psychological transfiguration through a shift of his plane of vision from the passing to the enduring, through which he may come finally to realize in experience (not simply as an act of faith) that he is identical with that before which he bows."

Joseph Campbell, Flight of the Wild Gander, p.197-198

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“That I feed the hungry, forgive an insult, and love my enemy…. these are great virtues.
But what if I should discover that the poorest of the beggars and the most impudent of offenders are all within me, and that I stand in need of the alms of my own kindness; that I myself am the enemy who must be loved? What then?” ~Carl Jung

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“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

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"The disturbers of happiness are our desires, our griefs, and our fears."
- Samuel Johnson

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"To have the management of the mind is a great art, and it may be attained in a considerable degree by experience and habitual exercise."
- Samuel Johnson

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― Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

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“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”
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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~Albert Einstein
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"Those that love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly: your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused."
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"The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment." ~Eckhart Tolle

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Sentient beings are the cause of our enlightenment. When they bother us, we learn patience; when they’re suffering, we learn loving-kindness and compassion. No matter what reaction they evoke,we can relate to them in a way that leads to buddhahood. Instead of buying into aversion, we become tolerant. Instead of staying stuck in selfishness, we extend a hand to someone in distress. Instead of letting jealousy sabotage us, we train in rejoicement therapy.

-Pema Chodron

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“Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.”

-Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The three difficulties (or the three difficult practices) are:

1. to recognize your neurosis as neurosis,
2. then not to do the habitual thing, but
to do something different to interrupt
the neurotic habit, and
3. to make this practice a way of life.

-Pema Chodron

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“If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.”
― Lao Tzu

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“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
― Maya Angelou

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I would love to live
Like a river flows.
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.

~John O'Donohue

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"Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be." — Alan Watts
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