1. Be a Master

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    Master your senses,
    What you taste and smell,
    What you see, what you hear.

    In all things be a master
    Of what you do and say and think.
    Be free.

    Are you quiet?
    Quieten your body.
    Quieten your mind.

    By your own efforts
    Waken yourself, watch yourself,
    And live joyfully.

    Follow the truth of the way.
    Reflect upon it.
    Make it your own.
    Live it.
    It will always sustain you.

    ~The Dhammapada

     

  2. Sweet Simplicities

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    These red and golden dreams so fresh breeze by,
    And then they help my worry to decrease.

    Sweet stars a glowing in the sky so dark,
    They shine and give an everlasting light,
    Their winks to me give out a brilliant spark,
    My frown does fade; I see their love so bright.

    Sweet sunsets grace the heavens in a breath,
    And sweep smooth paint across the sky so blue,
    To make a fantasy so free from death,
    The colors of delight perfect my view.

    The beauty of nature each day is grand;

    My heart does dance with warmth upon the land.

    ~Janna M. Landry

     

  3. Light travels faster

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    Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak. ~Steven Wright

     

  4. 7 Negative People You Need to Ignore

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    Sadly, some people are so entrenched in seeing the negative side of things that they leave zero room for positive things to grow. People like this inhabit our families, work environments and social circles. It can be emotionally draining just being around them, and you must be careful because their negative attitudes and opinions are venomous and contagious. Negativity perpetuates itself, breeds dissatisfaction and clutters the mind. And when the mind is cluttered with negativity, happiness is hard to come by.

    Ignore these people and move on from them when you must. Seriously, be strong and know when enough is enough! Letting go of negative people doesn’t mean you hate them, or that you wish them harm; it just means you care about your own well-being. Because every time you subtract negative from your life, you make room for more positive.

    Here are seven such people you might need to put on your ignore list:

    1. The hopelessly hostile drama queen.

    Some people love to stir up controversy and drama for no apparent reason.  Don’t buy in to their propaganda.  Stay out of other people’s drama and don’t needlessly create your own.
    Don’t spew hostile words at someone who spews them at you.  Keep your composure and replace the stink of confrontation with the fragrance of resolution.  The louder the opposition wants to yell, and the more drama they want to stir, the calmer and more confidently you need to think and speak.  Don’t let them get to you.

    Be an example of a pure existence; ignore their outlandish antics and focus on kindness.  Communicate and express yourself from a place of peace, from a place of love, with the best intentions.  Use your voice for good – to inspire, to encourage, to educate, and to spread the notions of compassion and understanding.

    When someone insists on foisting their hostility and drama on you, ignore them and walk away.

    2. The person you have failed to please a hundred times before.

    Some people are impossible to please; you will not be able to break through to them no matter what you do.  Accept this harsh as a fact of life.

    Throughout your lifetime some people will discredit you, disrespect you and treat you poorly for no apparent reason at all.  Don’t consume yourself with trying to change them or win their approval.  And don’t make any space in your heart to hate them.  Simply walk away and let karma deal with the things they do, because any bit of time you spend on them will be wasted, and any bit of hate and aggravation in your heart will only hurt you.  (Read Emotional Vampires.) Continue reading

  5. I once met…

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    I once met the richest man on Earth. He was a beggar who slept under a bridge, but he’s rich because he had God. ~Unknown

     

     

  6. All Dreamers Understand

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    Note: This poem has nothing to do with Jendhamuni’s life

    Our love was a romantic book
    from the sacred day we met,
    your gentle charm enthralled me
    from then-on the scene was set:
    A sunny day, a rainy day,
    it mattered not to me,
    if I could see your happy face
    and walk and talk with thee.

    When snow was falling from the sky
    and chilly breezes blew,
    were it not for your embrace
    I’d pine the whole day through.
    So now we are alone my love
    I offer you my hand,
    to join with yours in wedlock
    as all “dreamers” understand.

    Author: Joyce Hemsley
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  7. Our planet and our home…

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    We gently caress you, the Earth, our planet and our home.
    Our vision has brought us closer to you,
    making us aware of the harm we have done
    to the life-network upon which we ourselves depend.
    We are reminded that we have poisoned your waters, your lands, your air.
    We have filled you with the bones of our dead from war and greed.
    Your pain is our pain.
    Touching you gently, we pray that we may become
    peace-bringers and life-bringers so that our home
    in its journey around the Sun not become a sterile and lonely place.
    May this prayer and its power last forever.

    ~Sensei Ulrich, Manitoba Buddhist Temple

  8. Transforming greed into gratitude

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    Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude. ~John Chrysostom


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Maha Ghosananda

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

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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

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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

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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