1. Having set winning and losing aside

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    Winning gives birth to hostility. Losing, one lies down in pain.
    The calmed lie down with ease,
    having set winning and losing aside.

    Were there a mountain all made of gold,
    doubled that would not be enough
    to satisfy a single man:
    know this and live accordingly.

    ~Buddha, Dhammapada

    A rose after the storm

     

  2. I can choose

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    I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. ~Groucho Marx

  3. Kiss The Earth

    Comment

    Walk and touch peace every moment.
    Walk and touch happiness every moment.
    Each step brings a fresh breeze.
    Each step makes a flower bloom.
    Kiss the Earth with your feet.
    Bring the Earth your love and happiness.
    The Earth will be safe
    when we feel safe in ourselves.

    ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

    Spring Tulips

    Spring Tulips. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

  4. In Praise of Mother Earth

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    Mother Earth

    Homage to you Refreshing Earth Bodhisattva
    Mother of this world with its many species.
    We want to turn to you with respect,
    Beautiful green planet in the midst of the sky,
    You who have given birth to countless species,
    Produced so many wonders of life,
    Loved in the ultimate sense of non-discrimination,
    Embraced all species not barring a single one,
    Loyal and reliable, tolerant and stable,
    The mother who bears all species.
    Countless bodhisattvas spring up
    From your fresh green lap.
    Mother you embrace and transform
    Sweeping away the hatred of humans,
    Creating new life day and night,
    Helping the earth to bloom with the flowers of heaven.
    You are open to thousands of other galaxies,
    Sharing your joy with the trichiliocosm,
    By seeing that your true nature is interdependence.
    Conserving and protecting so that nothing is lost,
    Not being, not nothing, not eternal, not annihilated,
    Not the same, not different, not coming, not going.
    Your love knows no limits,
    Your virtues no shortcomings. Continue reading

  5. Mother Earth and waters

    Comment

    Respect Mother Earth. Respect the waters
    We’re sitting on our blessed Mother Earth from which we get our strength and determination, love and humility – all the beautiful attributes that we’ve been given. So turn to one another; love one another; respect one another; respect Mother Earth; respect the waters – because that’s life itself! Phil Lane, Sr (Yankton Sioux)

    Flower-in-the-rain

  6. Beautiful Earth

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    The earth is so beautiful. We are beautiful also. We can allow ourselves to walk mindfully, touching the earth, our wonderful mother, with each step. We don’t need to wish our friends, ‘Peace be with you.’ Peace is already with them. We only need to help them cultivate the habit of touching peace in each moment. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    river

  7. The cycle of samsara

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    The Buddha teaches us about the cycle of samsara, a cycle in which the same suffering repeats itself. If we don’t practice, we won’t be able to step out of it. With mindful breathing, mindful walking, and mindful dwelling in the present moment, we don’t need to consume and run after objects of craving in order to be happy.

    The same is true for me, for you, and for the Buddha. The Buddha has to inter-be with everything. Interbeing and nonself are the objects of our contemplation. We have to train ourselves so that in our daily lives we can touch the truth of interbeing and nonself in every moment. You are in touch with the clouds, with the rain, with the children, with the trees, with the rivers, with your planet, and that contact reveals the true nature of reality, the nature of impermanence, nonself, interdependence, and interbeing. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    Winter BULL

    Winter BULL. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt


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Maha Ghosananda

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

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Major Differences

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My Reflection

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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