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The real point of meditation ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/pe2cl

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:
http://tergar.org


Mingyur Rinpoche biography:
http://tergar.org/about/mingyur-rinpoche/mingyur-rinpoche-bio/
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Spiritual values ~ 14th Dalai Lama
http://justdharma.com/s/kp293

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:
http://dalailama.com


14th Dalai Lama biography:
http://www.dalailama.com/biography/a-brief-biography
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Investigate the root of mind! ~ Padmasambhava
http://justdharma.com/s/2lssh

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.

– Padmasambhava

quoted in the book "Counsels from My Heart"
ISBN: 978-1570629228 - http://amzn.to/13heeyE

translated by Padmakara Translation Group
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HOW DOES FEAR ARISE?
wisdompubs.org/book/mindfulness-a-to-z

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
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"This is where mindfulness comes in.

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."
By using mindfulness you can train your brain to shut off unhelpful thoughts and find the courage within to face your deepest fears.
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Stopping to see miserable conditions as problems ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/2xtnl

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:
http://fpmt.org
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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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Not a religion in the usual sense ~ Lama Yeshe
http://justdharma.com/s/5ia8y

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:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/


Lama Yeshe biography:
http://fpmt.org/teachers/yeshe/jointbio/
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Mutual support ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
http://justdharma.com/s/7yw5d

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:
http://plumvillage.org
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Just avoid clinging to thought ~ Dogen Zenji
http://justdharma.com/s/1cqxv

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
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Allowing Space ~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/i

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:
http://www.tsoknyirinpoche.org/
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