1. A man of calm…

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    A man of calm is like a shady tree. People who need shelter come to it. ~Toba Beta

     

  2. Whenever you get into a jam

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    My father used to say to me, ‘Whenever you get into a jam, whenever you get into a crisis or an emergency, become the calmest person in the room and you’ll be able to figure your way out of it.’ ~Rudolph Giuliani

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  3. May all beings be peaceful…

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    May all beings be peaceful.
    May all beings be happy.
    May all beings be safe.
    May all beings awaken to
    the light of their true nature.
    May all beings be free.

    Prayer of Lovingkindness
    ~Metta Prayer

  4. Experience them with compassion…

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    Live with compassion
    Work with compassion
    Die with compassion
    Meditate with compassion
    Enjoy with compassion
    When problems come,
    Experience them with compassion.

    ~Lama Zopa Rinpoche

  5. Nothing to do…

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    For generosity, nothing to do,
    Other than stop fixating on self.

    For morality, nothing to do,
    Other than stop being dishonest.

    For patience, nothing to do,
    Other than not fear what is ultimately true.

    For effort, nothing to do,
    Other than practise continuously.

    For meditative stability, nothing to do,
    Other than rest in presence.

    For wisdom, nothing to do,
    Other than know directly how things are.

    ~Tibetan practitioner Milarepa

  6. What is Compassion?

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    All beings tremble before danger, all fear death. ~Dhammapada 54

    អណ្ដើក​ហ្លូង​ដែល​គេ​យក​ទៅ​ចិញ្ចឹម ថែរក្សា និង​បង្កាត់​ពូជ។ Photo courtesy of WCS

    What exactly is compassion? Compassion is a mind that is motivated by cherishing other living beings and wishes to release them from their suffering. Sometimes out of selfish intention we can wish for another person to be free from their suffering; this is quite common in relationships that are based principally on attachment. If our friend is ill or depressed, for example, we may wish him to recover quickly so that we can enjoy his company again; but this wish is basically self-cen- tred and is not true compassion. True compassion is necessarily based on cherishing others.

    Although we already have some degree of compassion, at present it is very biased and limited. When our family and friends are suffering we easily develop compassion for them, but we find it far more difficult to feel sympathy for people we find unpleasant or for strangers. Furthermore, we feel compassion for those who are experiencing manifest pain, but not for those who are enjoying good conditions, and especially not for those who are engaging in harmful actions. If we genuinely want to realize our potential by attaining full enlightenment we need to increase the scope of our compassion until it embraces all living beings without exception, just as a loving mother feels compassion for all her children irrespective of whether they are behaving well or badly. This universal compassion is the heart of Mahayana Buddhism. Unlike our present, limited compassion, which already arises naturally from time to time, universal compassion must first be cultivated through training over a long period of time.

    Source: About Dharma
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