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Buddha took some Autumn leaves

In his hand and asked

Ananda if these were all

The red leaves there were.

Ananda answered that it

Was autumn and leaves

Were falling all about them,

More than could ever

be numbered. So Buddha said,

"I have given you

A handful of truths. Besides

These there are many

Thousands of other truths, more

Than can ever be numbered."

From "The City of the Moon"

by Kenneth Rexroth

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B E A T I T U D E S

from the Sermon on the Mount

Blessed are the pure in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness,

for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,

for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they shall see God.

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It doesn't interest me if there is one God

or many gods.

I want to know if you belong or feel

abandoned.

If you know despair or can see it in others.

I want to know

if you are prepared to live in the world

with its harsh need

to change you. If you can look back

with firm eyes

saying this is where I stand. I want to know

if you know

how to melt into that fierce heat of living

falling toward

the center of your longing. I want to know

if you are willing

to live, day by day, with the consequence of love

and the bitter

unwanted passion of your sure defeat.

I have been told, in *that* fierce embrace, even

the gods speak of God.

~ David Whyte, Fire in the Earth

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Happiness is a superstition

but Joy is our birthright.

Happiness comes from getting what you want,

Joy from being who you really are.

The deeper you go the less definable you become

and the realer you feel.

There is nothing for us to get

and everything for us to be.

Joy is who we really are

when we stop pretending we're not free.

- Stephen Levine

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"Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a

qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives."

-- Martin Luther King

"I have learned much from my teachers, even more from my colleagues, and

most of all from my students."

-- The Babylonian Talmud

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Zen proverb:

If you understand, things are just as they are.

If you do not understand, things are just as they are.

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You guard a spiritual thing;

it isn't something you could make,

and it isn't something you can describe.

In this ground of ours,

there is no Buddha, no nirvana,

and no path to practice;

no doctrine to actualize.

The way is not within existence

or nonexistence;

what method would one then practice?

This abundant light,

wherever you are, in every situation,

is itself the great way.

- Tan-hsia (739-824)

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The Wise Ones do not depend on Philosophical Theories,

The Wise Ones do not bind themselves,

They only observe carefully and listen intentily

The Wise ones have Personally Varified the Truth in life as well as means to balance the body and the mind. Thru personal observations and experiences, they treat their own body and mind as objects under observation. Therefore they learn to understand the rise and fall of feelings, such as pain and eventually acquire the methods of conquering the body and the mind. Everyone of us can also treat our emotions as objects of observation & thru the experiences personally verify effective means of unifying the body and the mind.

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The master in the art of living makes little distinction

between his work and his play,

his labor and his leisure,

his mind and his body,

his education and his recreation,

his love and his religion.

He hardly knows which is which.

He simply pursues his vision of excellence

in whatever he does,

leaving others to decide whether he is

working or playing.

To him he is always doing both.

—Zen Buddhist

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As fragrance abides in the flower,

As the reflection is within the mirror,

So doth thy Lord abide within thee,

Why search Him without?

- Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

The subject on which I meditate is truth.

The practice to which I devote myself is the truth.

The topic of my conversation is truth.

My thoughts are always in truth.

For lo! my self has become the truth

- Lord Buddha

Being asked by the Pharisees when the

kingdom of God was coming, he answered them,

"The kingdom of God is not coming with signs

to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Lo, here it is!’ or

‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

- Jesus Christ

There is one Supreme Ruler, the inmost Self of all beings,

who makes His one form manifold.

Eternal happiness belongs to the wise,

who perceive Him within themselves - not to others.

- the Vedas

He who knows his own self, knows God.

- Prophet Mohammed

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

- Albert Einstein

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

- Lao Tzu

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I have loved Thee with two loves, a selfish love and a love that is worthy (of Thee).

As for the love which is selfish, I occupy myself therein with remembrance of Thee to the exclusion of all others,

As for that which is worthy of Thee, therien Thou raisest the veil that I may see Thee.

Yet is there no praise to me in this or that,

But the praise is to Thee, whether in that or this.

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Why does God let this happen and why did God invent Evil?

It's funny you should say that because you yourself are an inseparable part of God. You think that the Universe exists independently of you?

The most painful things that has transpired in your life would not have taken place if you were not an active participant in the event. If you were not born to observe the photons in their paths, the photons would have traveled on to infinity. There would not have been a world as you perceive in your human sense. Same goes for all the wonderful things that have taken place in your life. They would not exist without you.

So instead of asking God who does not answer in your clouded mind, ask yourself why did I let things be this way and more importantly what can I do to make the world a better place? Take responsibility for yourself and the world. That is sufficient enough in itself.

Buddha smiles with you today. Bless you.

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"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible."

How do you know so much about everything? was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was 'By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant."

"When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."

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Don't speak empty words; burn away your anger with the Divine

Name and gather the true wealth of tolerance (sggs 1013). Faith

contentment and tolerance are the wealth and provisions of the

godly beings. Because of this, they attain the Divine Vision,

while those who just talk find no place of Peace (sggs 83).

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"My heart has become capable of every form:

It is a pasture for gazelles,

And a monastery for Christian Monks,

And a temple for idols,

And the pilgrim's Ka'ba,

And the tablets of the Torah,

And the Book of the Qur'an.

I follow the religion of Love:

Whatever was Love's camel takes,

That is my religion and faith"

SHAYKH FADHLALLA HAERI

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