"One day Mullah Nasrudin was sitting in the market in front of a big basket of red hot chili peppers. With tears streaming down his cheeks, eyes bloodshot, face red, and nose running, he kept eating one after another. Every now and then he let out a big howl they were so hot! One of his students approached him and asked, 'Mullah! What on earth are you doing? Why do you keep eating them?'
"It occurs to me in this vulnerable state that regardless of the practice, the teachings, or what I attain or don't attain, I can't control this body. It will get sick, grow old, and die whether I like it or not, whether I am enlightened or not, and, most especially, whether I am ready or not."
"Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed — that is human.
When you are born, where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.
"Strengthen your will; reprimand yourself; reprove your own laziness. Know your faults and turn toward what is good. Reform and repent your bad conduct; train and control your mind. Cultivate earnestly and the power of contemplation will grow; train continuously and your practice will become increasing pure."
"I've discovered a secret about this nowness. In this place we can clean up our karma, the muck we've created in our lives that needs scrubbing. When we see clearly we don't need to whine about anyone else, to blame them, or to run away. We just need to see. And then start scrubbing."
"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmmmm? Hmmmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship."
"We cook, eat, and appreciate the meal, whereas if we just sit around bitching about all the things we don't have and not eating anything, we'd starve. And that goes for life, too. Look at the ingredients you have, make the best meal possible, and offer it. Don't forget to offer it. If you make the meal just for yourself, you don't get the same pleasure."
"I understand that trouble is just something that has been filed in the wrong place. That is what Jung was explaining of course - as the chaos of our unconscious contents drive to find their rightful place in the index of consciousness."
"I was going to be away, free, or so it seemed, but you always take it with you. It takes much longer to leave the psychic place than the physical place."
I look across the open plain
sun burning – glinting.
I see the wildebeest
chasing the lion…
propelling her forward
and releasing her.
No longer bound to her
instinctual herding principle.
She has awakened.
She has left her children
to be protected by her clan.
She will no longer fight
only when attacked.
She will safeguard our future…
the lion senses this power shift
and is overwhelmed.
My huntress has caught her prey.
She rips into Screaming flesh.
The sound eternally seared onto
She ravages her kill
I cannot avert my gaze.
The wildebeest looks up at me
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." ~Steve Jobs~
"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." ~William Shakespeare~
"When you begin to worry, go find something to do. Get busy being a blessing to someone; do something fruitful. Talking about your problem or sitting alone, thinking about it, does no good; it serves only to make you miserable. Above all else, remember that worrying is totally useless. Worrying will not solve your problem." ~Joyce Meyer~
"An old Cherokee is teaching her grandson about life...
"A fight is going on inside me," she said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
"One is evil - it is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
"The other is good - it is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, gratitude, trust, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandmother,
"Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee smiled and said,
"The one you feed."
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."
"Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human."
"Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology that you never got."
"I'm not ok - And you're not ok - And that is ok."
~William Sloane Coffin
"Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give - pleasure, possessions, power - but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy."
"When another person makes you suffer, it is because they suffer deeply within themselves, and that suffering is spilling over. The do not need punishment; they need help. That is the message they are sending you." ~Thich Nhat Hanh~
"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of fear of the unknown they prefer suffering that is familiar." ~Thich Nhat Hanh~
"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path." ~Buddha~
"I am fully qualified to work as a doorkeeper, and for this reason:
What is inside me, I don't let out;
What is outside me, I don't let in.
If someone comes in, he goes right out again--
He has nothing to do with me at all.
I am a doorkeeper of the Heart, not a lump of wet clay."
"...we shall be better and braver and less helpless if we think that we ought to enquire, than we should have been if we indulged in the idle fancy that there was no knowing and no use in seeking to know what we do not know…"
Nan-in, a Japanese master, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"
"It's like being in the ocean when the waves are really rough and high. They knock you over and you find yourself on the floor of the ocean with your face in the sand. The sand is getting in your nose and your mouth and your eyes and the waves are holding you down. But then the wave recedes and you stand back up and you walk until the next waves comes in and knocks you down and the same thing keeps happening. And each time you just stand back up and after awhile it seems to you that the waves are getting smaller and smaller."
"If we could untangle the mysteries of life and unravel the energies which run through the world, if we could evaluate correctly the significance of passing events; if we could measure the struggles, dilemmas, and aspirations of mankind, we could find that nothing is born out of time. Everything comes at the appointed moment."
"There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, you forget the bad, and you focus on the good. You love the people who treat you right. And, you pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living."
"You are absolutely comfortable and happy the way you are, yet at the same time you find it excruciatingly painful. You are not certain whether you want to stay the way you are, which is very pleasurable, or not stay the way you are, because it is very painful at the same time. That kind of pushing and pulling happens all the time. That seems to be the motivation and the contagious quality of Buddha nature, which is trying to shine through all the time."