Gems of Wisdom

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:42 pm

Religion does not mean just precepts, a temple, monastery, or other external signs, for these as well as hearing and thinking are subsidiary factors in taming the mind. When the mind becomes the practices, one is a practitioner of religion, and when the mind does not become the practices one is not.


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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:00 pm

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My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

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Post by DNS » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:56 pm

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:48 pm

The leaf and his body were one. Neither possessed a separate permanent self. Neither could exist independently from the rest of the universe.
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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:36 am

In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.
Pythagoras

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:52 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:
In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.
Pythagoras
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Post by DNS » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:14 pm

There are two kinds of freedom to be found in our world: the freedom of desires, and the freedom from desires. Our modern Western culture only recognizes the first of these, freedom of desires. It then worships such a freedom by enshrining it at the forefront of national constitutions and bills of human rights. One can say that the underlying creed of most Western democracies is to protect their people's freedom to realize their desires, as far as this is possible. It is remarkable that in such countries people do not feel very free. The second kind of freedom, freedom from desires, is celebrated only in some religious communities. It celebrates contentment, peace that is free from desires. It is remarkable that in such abstemious communities like my monastery, people feel free.
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Post by DNS » Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:06 am

When we're incomplete, we're always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we're still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on — series polygamy — until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimension to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.


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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:45 pm

No language exists that cannot be misused … Every interpretation is hypothetical, for it is a mere attempt to read an unfamiliar text.
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Post by DNS » Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:12 am

Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few. See much and get rid of what is dangerous and be careful in acting on the rest and your causes for regret will be few. Speaking without fault, acting without causing regret: 'upgrading' consists in this.
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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:02 pm

I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect. Practice brings the clear realisation of the oneness of all human beings and the importance of others benefiting by your actions.
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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:19 am

To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.


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When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:37 pm

What is true zazen? What do you mean by Zen becomes Zen and you become you? You become you is a very important point. You become you. When you become you, even though you are in bed, you may not be you most of the time. Even though you are sitting here, I wonder whether you are you in its true sense. So to be you is zazen.
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Post by DNS » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:31 pm

"Of all the thoughts that rise in the mind, the thought 'I' is the first thought."
Ramana Maharshi

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Post by DNS » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:55 pm

Desistance from sin makes one entirely happy.
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Re: Gems of Wisdom

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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:41 pm

Non-violence and kindness to living beings is kindness to oneself. For thereby one's own self is saved from various kinds of sins and resultant sufferings and is able to secure his own welfare.
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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:39 pm

Kill not, cause no pain. Nonviolence is the greatest religion.
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Re: Gems of Wisdom

Post by DNS » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:17 pm

A living body is not merely an integration of limbs and flesh but it is the abode of the soul which potentially has perfect perception (Anant-darshana), perfect knowledge (Anant-jnana), perfect power (Anant-virya), and perfect bliss (Anant-sukha).
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