1. Think about it

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    Try breaking an egg, then try to reassemble the egg! Think of how easily you have had your confidence knocked in the past and exactly what it may have taken to build it up again. Think about the one harsh word that has ruined the day for you or for somebody else. Think of the expression of an opinion that has destroyed a friendship or the refusal that has led to sadness. His Holiness Düd’jom Rinpoche said—on the same occasion as I quoted before:
    "To cause benefit is not easy – so try first not to cause harm.”

    ~Aro Community

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  2. Your own consciousness

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    I'll be back soon. I have to finish one more task
    Don't listen to anybody except your own consciousness. When you are angry, you lose consciousness, you become unconscious. Anger covers you like a black cloud. You can commit murder, you can destroy life. But when you are loving, bells of joy start ringing in your heart. You start feeling your consciousness rising. And if in love also you lose consciousness, become unconscious, then remember: you are calling lust, love. And this kind of love is not the right thing, because it is not going to help you to grow, to expand, to attain the fulfillment of your potential. ~Osho

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  3. When you understand

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    Understanding transforms, it does not sublimate. If you understand, anger disappears and the same energy becomes compassion. Not that you sublimate: anger simply disappears, and the energy that was involved, invested in anger, is released and becomes compassion. When you understand hate, hate disappears and the same energy becomes love. Love is not against hate — it is absence of hate. ~Osho

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  4. The ripple effect

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    Forgive somebody. You'd be amazed at the ripple effect an ounce of forgiveness can have in your life and in the lives of others. Unburden yourself of the past and think kind thoughts again about that person.

    Cheer up the lonely. Lonely people are everywhere, in all walks of life, of all ages. Helping lonely people to feel wanted is a hugely rewarding random act of kindness. ~wikiHow

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  5. Generosity of spirit

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    By doing kind acts for others, you're helping to create kindness-aware communities that value generosity of spirit, action, and kindness toward others as essential parts of a healthy community.

    Random acts of kindness are a means by which we make a deliberate attempt to brighten another person's day by doing something thoughtful, nice, and caring. Kindness is a way of showing others that they count and that, even in the face of hostility and selfishness, you're making a stand for kindness.

    Source: wikiHow

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  6. Amazing friendship between little monkey and a dog

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    Many animals experience pain, anxiety and suffering, physically and psychologically, when they are held in captivity or subjected to starvation, social isolation, physical restraint, or painful situations from which they cannot escape. Even if it is not the same experience of pain, anxiety, or suffering undergone by humans- or even other animals, including members of the same species- an individual's pain, suffering, and anxiety matter. ― Marc Bekoff

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  7. Across ten thousand worlds of birth and dying

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    With a mountain of hatred and violence

    Promise me,
    promise me this day,
    promise me now,
    while the sun is overhead
    exactly at the zenith,
    promise me:

    Even as they strike you down
    with a mountain of hatred and violence; even as they
    step on you and
    crush you like a worm, even as they dismember and
    disembowel you,
    remember, brother, remember: man is not your enemy.

    The only thing worthy of you is compassion –
    invincible, limitless,
    unconditional.
    Hatred will never let you face the
    beast in man.

    One day, when you face this beast alone, with your
    courage intact, your
    eyes kind, untroubled (even as no one sees them),
    out of your smile will
    bloom a flower.

    And those who love you
    will behold you
    across ten thousand worlds of
    birth and dying.

    Alone again,
    I will go on with bent head,
    knowing that love has become eternal.

    On the long, rough road,
    the sun and the moon
    will continue to shine.

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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  8. Being human, we all know what suffering is

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    The only thing worthy of you is compassion

    Can We Understand the Suffering of our Enemy?
    When someone has done us, our loved ones, or our people, a great wrong, this is the very last thing in the world we want to do. We hate and loathe our enemies, and may well have very good reason for this antipathy. Look at Ireland. Look at India and Pakistan. Look at Israel and Palestine. There are enough grievances and hatred in these areas to perpetuate violence and mayhem endlessly, every act of retribution leading to retaliation, ad infinitum.

    It takes tremendous courage and insight to break this self-perpetuating cycle, but it is possible. And Buddhism offers unique insights into how we can break down the barriers that separate us and find a path to peace. And one skillful way to do this is through meditation in which we empathetically become one with our enemy and his suffering.

    Again, this is not easy to do, but in understanding another’s suffering, however much we may think they deserve it or have brought it upon themselves, we find common ground. We all suffer. Being human, we all know what suffering is. We know what it is to lose a love one, to be abused, to be victimized. In our common suffering, and our compassionate response to suffering, we have a basis for finding and seeing our common humanity.

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh | Source: Metta Refuge

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  9. Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom

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    "Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." ~Earl Nightingale

    This is one of the songs I love most since I was a little girl. It's about love and the impermanence of life for all sentient beings. Very sentimental and spiritual too. The kind of song that could take my soul a way.

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  10. You Can't Be Everything To Everyone (So Stop Trying)

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    You ABSOLUTELY cannot make everyone happy. (So stop trying.)
 It's a no-win situation. It'll drain you and leave you like a pile of coffee grinds. People will be disappointed for various (often weird) reasons. Sometimes those reasons will make sense, sometimes not. Sometimes those reasons will be fair and sometimes fair is just another word for a place where they have funnel cakes and roller coasters. ~Jennifer Pastiloff, Mindbodygreen

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  11. Monkey couple sitting high up on a tree and hugging each other

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    One of them looks so sleepy, but does not want to give up…
    Lacking a shared language, emotions are perhaps our most effective means of cross-species communication. We can share our emotions, we can understand the language of feelings, and that's why we form deep and enduring social bonds with many other beings. Emotions are the glue that binds. ― Marc Bekoff

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  12. Very poor Grandma in my country, Cambodia, working so hard

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    Buddhism teaches that old age is a time of great suffering, and since we all age, the young must treat the elderly, particularly their parents, with suitable respect.

    In Buddhism, one of the main reasons for respecting the elderly is the idea of filial piety. Since parents spend so much time raising their children, children must repay the pains their parents took. When a child is young and vulnerable, parents introduce their child to the world and take care of him, so when parents reach old age, their child must care for them in a similar way. Buddhism teaches that this is particularly true of mothers who experience additional pains while carrying the child in the womb for nine months and then giving birth.

    Another reason for Buddhist respect for the elderly is the idea that people suffer in their old age. Buddhism is about overcoming suffering and Buddhist sutras (sermons of the Buddha) teach that old age is a time of great suffering when the individual's body begins to decay and the mind becomes confused. Since Buddhism also teaches compassion for the suffering of others, young Buddhists have an obligation to respect and help the elderly.

    According to Buddhism, the main way of showing respect for the elderly is to provide for their needs. In many cases, parents live with their children and may help raise their grandchildren. Young people should also take care of their parents' financial and other personal needs. In addition, since a senior citizen has wisdom accumulated over a long lifetime, younger people can show respect by listening to the advice of their elders. Buddhists also extend the idea of filial piety to all senior citizens.

    Written by James Stuart, Demand Media
    Source: Opposing Views

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  13. Miss all of you

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    I've been busy all day and night. I'll be back to visit some of you before heading out to work. I need to get my one-hour beauty sleep first. Wishing you a most peaceful and beautiful day, with endless smiles. For now, you can listen to my favorite song ;)

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  14. The rest of the human family

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    We have constructed a system we can't control. It imposes itself on us, and we become its slaves and victims. We have created a society in which the rich become richer and the poor become poorer, and in which we are so caught up in our own immediate problems that we cannot afford to be aware of what is going on with the rest of the human family or our planet Earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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  15. Heartbreaking – CBS Local Newscaster With Brain Cancer Tells Viewers He Has Just 6 Months to Live

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    News anchor Dave Benton battling brain cancer tells viewers only has 6 months to live! Heartbreaking.

    A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois has told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can.

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  16. Great White Breaches Water, Attacks Surfer

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    " They were just doing what they’re designed to do. I got no hard feelings against sharks," said Surfer Beau Browning
    A shark attack off of the shores of Santa Cruz County in northern California Saturday left a surfer frightened — but fortunately unharmed, as the Great White shark seemed more interested in his surfboard than in taking a bite out of a human being.

    Surfer Beau Browning was riding the waves about 150 feet out to sea at Manresa State Beach shortly before 7 pm September 13, when what he described to local TV station KSBW as a 15-foot Great White shark leaped out of the water and landed squarely on his surfboard. Full story
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  17. The separation

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    Human beings are a part of the animal kingdom, not apart from it. The separation of "us" and "them" creates a false picture and is responsible for much suffering. It is part of the in-group/out-group mentality that leads to human oppression of the weak by the strong as in ethic, religious, political, and social conflicts. ― Marc Bekoff

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Live and Die for Buddhism

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Wall of Remembrance…

Wall of Remembrance…

BUDDHA OF THE BATTLEFIELD
His Holiness Maha Ghosananda
Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism
His whole life for the Khmer Nation,
Buddhism & Peace (5/23/1913 - 3/12/07)
He will always be in my heart...

Of the many problems we face today

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Of the many problems we face today, some are natural calamities and must be accepted and faced with equanimity. Others, however, are of our own making, created by misunderstanding, and can be corrected. One such type arises from the conflict of ideologies, political or religious, when people fight each other for petty ends, losing sight of the basic humanity that binds us all together as a single human family. We must remember that the different religions, ideologies, and political systems of the world are meant for human beings to achieve happiness. We must not lose sight of this fundamental goal and at no time should we place means above ends; the supremacy of humanity over matter and ideology must always be maintained. ~Daila Lama

Major Differences in Buddhism

Major Differences in Buddhism

There is no almighty God in Buddhism. There is no one to hand out rewards or punishments on a supposedly Judgement Day ...read more

Lotus Flower

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What makes the lotus flower so special?

The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet. The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind.

Eternal Beauty

Eternal Beauty

The best way to fix a broken Heart

The best way to fix a broken Heart

My Reflection

My Reflection

This site is a tribute to Buddhism.
Buddhism has given me a tremendous inspiration to be who and where I am today. Although I came to America at a very young age, however, I never once forget who I am and where I came from. One thing I know for sure is I was born as a Buddhist, live as a Buddhist and will leave this earth as a Buddhist. I do not believe in superstition. I only believe in karma.

"My religion is very simple.
My religion is kindness"

"The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness." ~ Dalai Lama

Because it’s who you are

Because it's who you are

You don't do kind deeds expecting kindness in return. You don't do kind deeds because you deem the recipient worthy. You do kind deeds because it's who you are, and because you understand the powerful difference your gentle hand makes in this dreary world. ~Richelle E. Goodrich