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Drop it and relax ~ Pema Chödron
http://justdharma.com/s/glv02

To begin with, in meditation we can notice how emotions and moods are connected with having lost or gained something, having been praised or blamed, and so forth. We can notice how what begins as a simple thought, a simple quality of energy, quickly blossoms into full-blown pleasure and pain. We have to have a certain amount of fearlessness, of course, because we like it all to come out on the pleasure/praise/fame/gain side. We like to ensure that everything will come out in our favor. But when we really look, we're going to see that we have no control over what occurs at all. We have all kinds of mood swings and emotional reactions. They just come and go endlessly.

Sometimes we're going to find ourselves completely caught up in a drama. We're going to be just as angry as if someone had just walked into the room and slapped us in the face. Then it might occur to us: 'Wait a minute -what's going on here?' We look into it and are able to see that, out of nowhere, we feel that we have lost something or been insulted. Where this thought came from we don't know, but here we are, hooked again...Right then, we can feel that energy, and give ourselves a break. Beyond all that fuss and bother is a big sky. Right there in the middle of the tempest, we can drop it and relax.

– Pema Chödron

from the book "When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times"
ISBN: 978-1570629693 - http://amzn.to/15fmKwx

Pema Chödron on the web:
http://pemachodronfoundation.org/
http://www.shambhala.com/heartadvice/
http://blog.shambhala.com/category/daily-wisdom/pema-chodron/


Pema Chödron biography:
http://www.gampoabbey.org/pema-bio.php
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With the release of the Anniversary update earlier this month, Microsoft has accidentally broken millions of webcams after it removed a feature that was used by HD webcams.
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Short and sweet.

A simple story that almost anyone can relate to:
Self-acceptance and self-love can come unexpectedly in the darkest of moments.
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Mind's ultimate nature ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/59el2

Mind's ultimate nature, emptiness endowed with vividness,
I was told is the real Buddha.
Recognizing this should help me
Not to be stuck with thoughts of hierarchy.

Mind's ultimate nature, its emptiness aspect,
I was told is the real Dharma.
Recognizing this should help me
Not to be stuck with thoughts of political correctness.

Mind's ultimate nature, its vivid aspect,
I was told is the real Sangha.
Recognizing this should help me
Not to be stuck with thoughts of equal rights.

One cannot disassociate emptiness from vividness.
This inseparability I was told is the Guru.
Recognizing this should help me
Not to be stuck with depending on chauvinist lamas.

This nature of mind has never been stained by duality,
This stainlessness I was told is the deity.
Recognizing this should help me
Not to be stuck with the categories of “gender” or “culture.”

This nature of mind is spontaneously present.
That spontaneity I was told is the dakini aspect.
Recognizing this should help me
Not to be stuck with fear of being sued.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

source: http://bit.ly/1I9RcMN

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on the web:
http://www.siddharthasintent.org/
http://khyentsefoundation.org
http://deerpark.in
http://lotusoutreach.org
http://84000.co
http://dzongsar.justdharma.com


Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche biography:
http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Dzongsar_Khyentse_Rinpoche
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Being aware of what's going on ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/k7ybw

Meditation is so much easier than most people think: Whatever you experience, as long as you are aware of what’s going on, is meditation!

– 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:
http://tergar.org


Mingyur Rinpoche biography:
http://tergar.org/about/mingyur-rinpoche/mingyur-rinpoche-bio/
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No Life Guarantee ~ Patrul Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/fdtw4

Breathing gently, people enjoy their slumber. But between one breath and the next there is no guarantee that death will not slip in. To wake up in good health is an event which truly deserves to be considered miraculous, yet we take it completely for granted.

– Patrul Rinpoche

from the book "The Words of My Perfect Teacher"
ISBN: 978-0300165326 - http://amzn.to/15FI6DJ

translated by Padmakara Translation Group
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The anxiety of opening ~ Pema Chödron
http://justdharma.com/s/y25mi

A first step [in remaining open] is to understand that a feeling of dread or psychological discomfort might just be a sign that old habits are getting liberated, that we are moving closer to the natural open state. Trungpa Rinpoche said that awakening warriors would find themselves in a constant state of anxiety. Personally, I’ve found this to be true. After a while I realized that since the shakiness wasn’t going away, I might as well get to know it. When our attitude toward fear becomes more welcoming and inquisitive, there’s a fundamental shift that occurs. Instead of spending our lives tensing up, as if we were in the dentist’s chair, we learn that we can connect with the freshness of the moment and relax.

– Pema Chödron

from the book "The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times"
ISBN: 978-1590302651 - http://amzn.to/15MIekU

Pema Chödron on the web:
http://pemachodronfoundation.org/
http://www.shambhala.com/heartadvice/
http://blog.shambhala.com/category/daily-wisdom/pema-chodron/


Pema Chödron biography:
http://www.gampoabbey.org/pema-bio.php
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Call for help ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
http://justdharma.com/s/gpaho

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:
http://plumvillage.org



Thich Nhat Hanh biography:
http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/biography/
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