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A student once asked his teacher, “Master, what is enlightenment?”

The master replied, “When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep.”

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"Religions become corrupted when leaders are assigned to explain God’s will to the people instead of showing them how to find this direction within themselves."

Why I Wake Early

Every day

I see or hear

something

that more or less

kills me

with delight,

that leaves me

like a needle

in the haystack

of light.

It was what I was born for -

to look, to listen,

to lose myself

inside this soft world -

to instruct myself

over and over

in joy,

and acclamation.

Nor am I talking

about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,

the very extravagant -

but of the ordinary,

the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar,

I say to myself,

how can you help

but grow wise

with such teachings

as these -

the untrimmable light

of the world,

the ocean’s shine,

the prayers that are made

out of grass?

~ Mary Oliver ~

(Why I Wake Early)

In My Language

"Like a beautiful flower full of color but without fragrance, even so, fruitless are the fair words of one who does not practice them."

The Dhammapada

"Whatever harm an enemy may do to an enemy, or a hater to a hater, an ill-directed mind inflicts on oneself a greater harm.
Neither mother, father, nor any other relative can do one greater good than one’s own well-directed mind."

The Dhammapada

Jovano, Jovanke by Georgia Kelly and Duscan Bogdanovic

"A man said to the Buddha, ‘I want happiness.’
Buddha said, first remove ‘I’, that’s ego,
Then remove ‘want’, that’s desire.
See now you are left with only happiness,"

(via egoldst25)

(via drop-dead-booty-muncher)

"Life only unfolds in moments. The healing power of mindfulness lies in living each one as fully as we can."

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of liberation, and a foundation for inner security."

Albert Einstein