The real point of meditation is to rest in bare awareness whether anything occurs or not. Whatever comes up for you, just be open and present to it, and let it go. And if nothing occurs, or if thoughts and so on vanish before you can notice them, just rest in that natural clarity.
– Mingyur Rinpoche
from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness"
ISBN: 978-0307347312 - http://amzn.to/12JaSjo
Mingyur Rinpoche on the web:
Mingyur Rinpoche biography:
It seems that scientific research reaches deeper and deeper. But it also seems that more and more people, at least scientists, are beginning to realize that the spiritual factor is important. I say 'spiritual' without meaning any particular religion or faith, just simple warmhearted compassion, human affection, and gentleness. It is as if such warmhearted people are a bit more humble, a little bit more content. I consider spiritual values primary, and religion secondary. As I see it, the various religions strengthen these basic human qualities. As a practitioner of Buddhism, my practice of compassion and my practice of Buddhism are actually one and the same. But the practice of compassion does not require religious devotion or religious faith; it can be independent from the practice of religion. Therefore, the ultimate source of happiness for human society very much depends on the human spirit, on spiritual values. If we do not combine science and these basic human values, then scientific knowledge may sometimes create troubles, even disaster....
– 14th Dalai Lama
from the book "Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness"
ISBN: 978-0861711239 - http://amzn.to/1eGjuRW
14th Dalai Lama on the web:
14th Dalai Lama biography:
Don’t investigate the root of things,
Investigate the root of mind!
Once the mind’s root has been found,
You’ll know one thing, yet all is thereby freed.
But if the root of mind you fail to find,
You will know everything but nothing understand.
quoted in the book "Counsels from My Heart"
ISBN: 978-1570629228 - http://amzn.to/13heeyE
translated by Padmakara Translation Group
Fear arises from a mistaken apprehension of reality. The Buddha called this mistaken apprehension “ignorance” or “delusion.” We labor under the erroneous belief that our well-being is contingent on circumstances: “If life is comfortable and I get what I want, I will be happy. If I don’t, I will be miserable.” When we examine this assumption more carefully, it doesn’t hold up. We regularly see people who are happy in spite of the terrible circumstances of their lives and others who are hopelessly depressed even in the most ideal of circumstances. It is our attitude toward the circumstances in which we find ourselves that makes the difference.
—Arnie Kozak, Mindfulness A to Z
Read more and get the book: wisdompubs.org/book/mindfulness-a-to-z
The act of focusing on the present moment, non-judgmentally, allows us to see the action we want to perform without saturating it with buts and what-ifs.
We can see it for what it is: an experience."
Leave the mind in its natural, undisturbed state. Don’t follow thoughts of “This is a problem, that is a problem!” Without labeling difficulties as problems, leave your mind in its natural state. In this way, you will stop seeing miserable conditions as problems.
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche
from the book "Transforming Problems into Happiness"
ISBN: 978-0861711949 - http://amzn.to/18hgZ36
Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the web:
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
from the book "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation"
ISBN: 978-0767903691 - http://amzn.to/17VOZql
Thich Nhat Hanh on the web:
Thich Nhat Hanh biography:
When we study Buddhism, we are studying ourselves — the nature of our own minds. Instead of focusing on some supreme being, Buddhism emphasizes more practical matters, such as how to lead our lives, how to integrate our minds and how to keep our everyday lives peaceful and healthy. Buddhism accentuates experiential knowledge — in other words, wisdom rather than some dogmatic view. In fact, we don’t even consider Buddhism to be a religion in the usual sense of the term. From the lamas' point of view, Buddhist teachings are more in the realm of philosophy, science or psychology.
– Lama Yeshe
from the book "Becoming Your Own Therapist: An Introduction to the Buddhist Way of Thought"
ISBN: 978-1891868139 - http://amzn.to/13VufLO
Lama Yeshe on the web:
Lama Yeshe biography:
You are me, and I am you.
Isn't it obvious that we "inter-are"?
You cultivate the flower in yourself,
so that I will be beautiful.
I transform the garbage in myself,
so that you will not have to suffer.
I support you;
you support me.
I am in this world to offer you peace;
you are in this world to bring me joy.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
from the book "Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh"
ISBN: 978-1888375169 - http://amzn.to/1aYCHfp
Thich Nhat Hanh on the web:
Above all, don’t wish to become a future Buddha;
Your only concern should be,
As thought follows thought,
To avoid clinging to any of them.
– Dogen Zenji
quoted in the book "The Practical Peacemaker: How Simple Living Makes Peace Possible"
ISBN: 978-1590561409 - http://amzn.to/1vkQzuM
If we can allow some space within our awareness and rest there, we can respect our troubling thoughts and emotions, allow them to come, and let them go. Our lives may be complicated on the outside, but we remain simple, easy, and open on the inside.
– Tsoknyi Rinpoche
from the book "Solid Ground: Buddhist Wisdom for Difficult Times"
ISBN: 978-1935209812 - http://amzn.to/14mZKhc
Tsoknyi Rinpoche on the web:
'Digital Dark Age' Imminent Warns 'Father of the Internet' | Data Manage...
"Old formats that contain documents, photos and other data may not be readable with the latest version of the software," warned Vint Cerf, v
How Nolan's 'Interstellar' Technology Sheds Light on Spinning Black Holes
Nolan's latest masterpiece, called 'Interstellar' is a gift that keeps on giving...
What Great Scientists Did When They Weren't Doing Science (infograph)
Even the most famous minds need to unwind.
David Goyer Says Neil Gaiman Is A Vital Part Of Sandman Movie Team
Speaking to Deadline, David S. Goyer has confirmed that The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman is a part [...]
Dragons: Animated Images, Gifs, Pictures & Animations - 100% FREE!
Hundreds of beautiful animated Dragons gifs, images and animations. All animated Dragons pictures are absolutely free and can be linked dire
Cause of Mysterious Butterfly-Shaped Radar Blob Found : DNews
A mysterious butterfly-shaped cloud spotted over St. Louis last week was built from actual butterflies.
Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than, September 08, 2014 Via @GoComics
One of the many great comics you can read for free at GoComics.com! Follow us for giveaways & giggles.
Scientist Takes a Closer Look at the Deep-Sea Impacts of BP Gulf Oil Spill
Dr. Paul Montagna of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi estimated the size of the deep-sea “footprint” left behind
This Easy To Build Contraption Can Give Water To Everyone: DIY Plans
No fresh water? No problem. Solar stills are an easy to build solution. Wait, what was that part about being able to change the world?
Way cool real-time U.S. wind map | Earth | EarthSky
The wind map updates every hour and can let you see the movement, flow, and speeds of wind across the United States. Go see it! It's great!
Colorado River Water Managers Consider Plans for Extended Drought
The severe risks of an extended drought in the Colorado River Basin are forcing the basin’s seven states to consider unprecedented
Out in America's Never Never: Valley of the Gods, where pareidolia runs ...
Pareidolia is a very human tendency to perceive faces and significant forms in unlikely places, like on oddly shaped potatoes and burnt tort