1. Darkness and Light inside us

    263

    There is darkness inside us all.
    It is true.
    Inside every human being,
    There is a tremendous and powerful capacity to commit deeds of evil.
    A force with the power to hurt others,
    To further ourselves by stepping on the dreams of those around us.
    Inside everyone is this darkness,
    And nobody is completely free from it.

    But inside us all, there is also light.
    And it is the darkness which allows the light to be seen.
    Without the capacity for darkness,
    We would not have the capacity for light.

    Now, there are times in all our lives,
    When the darkness overpowers the light.
    Times where we forget,
    When all hope seems lost,
    And we cannot break free from the darkness
    As it encloses and imprisons us.

    It is in times such as this,
    That we must look to others.
    In times when our own strength and will becomes insufficient,
    And we feel ourselves drowning
    In the despair and pain and misery
    That the darkness brings with it,
    We must stand by each other.

    For when the light of one person
    Is not enough to drive the darkness away,
    We must grow our numbers.
    We must support our fellows,
    And share our light.
    For only then can we be strong enough to be free.

    And when we are free,
    And strengthened by the people
    Who support us, 
    It is only then
    That we are strong enough to fulfill our own dreams.
    This is the strength which man can gain from weakness.

    ~Aaron Usery

  2. The LORD is my strength

    60

    The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7 NIV)” ― Anonymous, Holy Bible: New International Version
  3. Tears under the smiles

    179

    This is for girls who have the tendency to stay up at night listening to music that reminds them of their current situation. Who hide their fears, hurt, pain and tears under the smiles, laughs and giggles on a daily basis. The girls who wear their heart on their sleeve. The girls who pray that things will work out just once and they'll be satisfied.

    The girls who scream and cry to their pillows because everyone else fails to listen. The girls who have so many secrets but won't tell a soul. The girls who have mistakes and regrets as a daily moral. The girls that never win. The girls that stay up all night thinking about that one boy and hoping that he'll notice her one day. The girls who take life as it comes, to the girls who are hoping that it'll get better somewhere down the road. For the girls who love with all their heart although it always gets broken. To girls who think it's over. To real girls, to all girls: You're beautiful. ~Zayn Malik

  4. Desert of our Loneliness

    140

    To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. The movement from loneliness to solitude, however, is the beginning of any spiritual life because it it is the movement from the restless senses to the restful spirit, l from the outward-reaching cravings to the inward-reaching search, from the fearful clinging to the fearless play. ~Henri J.M. Nouwen
  5. The true meaning of life

    135

    We are but visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life. ~Dalai Lama 
  6. True happiness comes from a sense of inner peace

    366

    I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion and elimination of ignorance, selfishness and greed. ~Dalai Lama

Live & Die for Buddhism

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Maha Ghosananda

Maha Ghosananda

Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism (5/23/1913 - 3/12/07). Forever in my heart...

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...

Major Differences

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

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.

A Handful of Leaves

A Handful of Leaves

Tipitaka: The pali canon (Readings in Theravada Buddhism). A vast body of literature in English translation the texts add up to several thousand printed pages. Most -- but not all -- of the Canon has already been published in English over the years. Although only a small fraction of these texts are available here at Access to Insight, this collection can nonetheless be a very good place to start.

Just the way it is

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor... read more