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It is easier to want what you get than to get what you want.

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Tall, Dark, Handsome Buddhist looking for himself

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Grace – “Accepting the fact that we are accepted despite the fact that we are unacceptable”

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May I be safe and protected from harm.

May I be healthy.

May I be happy.

May I live with freedom and ease.

May I love and accept myself just as I am.

Just like me, this person wants to be happy.

Just like me, this person wishes to be free of pain and stress.

Just like me, this person has a body subject to aches, pains, and aging.

Just like me, this person has had many joys and successes.

Just like me, this person has felt sadness, loss, and pain.

Just like me, this person desires to love and be loved.

Just like me, this person aspires to do their best in life.

Just like me, this person wants peace and happiness.

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Your path is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself you have built against it.

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Suppose you are facing a difficult situation. You don't know what to do. The best thing to do is to sit in a meditative posture until you can accept things as they are.

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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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Wild Geese

“You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.”

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When Death Comes

When death comes

like the hungry bear in autumn;

when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;

when death comes

like the measle-pox

when death comes

like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:

what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything

as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,

and I look upon time as no more than an idea,

and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common

as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,

tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something

precious to the earth.

When it's over, I want to say all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it's over, I don't want to wonder

if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,

or full of argument.

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world

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Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.

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We don't have to DO anything; we just need to pay attention. Waking up and ending suffering has far more to do with not doing than with doing. As we become fascinated with the game, our desire to "figure out and fix" falls away.

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“Our incapacity to forgive is directly related to our inability to feel joy in our life.”

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Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a different past.

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It never hurts to think too highly of a person; often they become ennobled and act better because of it.

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Meditation is not a way to enlightenment, Nor is it a method of achieving anything at all. It is peace itself. It is the actualization of wisdom, The ultimate truth of the oneness of all things.

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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes.

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Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. •

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"To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough, and morality enough, to cut off the chain of hate" … ,

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"The weak can't forgive, forgiveness is an attribute of the strong"

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Perfection is not a pre-requisite for anything but pain.

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