1. The entire cosmos is a cooperative

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    The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and the Earth. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise — then we can build a noble environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall perish. ~Buddhadasa

  2. Showing Loving-kindness to Everyone

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    Loving-kindness means showing kindness to others so that they will be well and happy. Another word for loving-kindness is Metta.

    We show loving-kindness to others by wishing them to be well and happy. One way to show loving-kindness is to help other people so that they will be able to do things by themselves.

    We wish ourselves to be well and happy so that we can do good and help others – and because we all want to be happy.

    We should try to make our parents and teachers well and happy because they teach us so many interesting things that we do not know about.

    We should try to make animals well and happy. Animals are just like human beings because they also suffer pain and sadness.

    Before going to bed, we should generate loving-kindness for all beings. If we always do this, we will be happy and peaceful.

    Source: Buddhanet

  3. In order to blossom…

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    “Each day we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

    In order to blossom, the lotus flower must grow through mud, dirty pond water, and generally rough conditions—but it blooms anyway. Like the lotus, we too can grow through dark times and difficulties, and we can rise again and again to shine from a pure place within.

    The lotus is a reminder that in a word riddled with fear, we can stay loving inside and, one by one, open our petals to spread that peace into the world.

    When the lotus flower first begins to sprout, it does so underwater. Though conditions are tough, the lotus heeds the call of the sun each morning, breaks the surface of the water and blooms untouched by the mud; each petal remains clean and pure. Closing at night, it sinks below the water’s surface, only to resurface again in the morning.

    Fully grounded in earth, yet aspiring toward the divine, the lotus flower lives unsoiled by its surroundings, ever blooming from within toward the light. It’s a growth of pure beauty from the mud of its origins, a testament to the potential that lies within and which is revealed through persistence.

    May these lotus flower quotes inspire you to free yourself from harsh conditions by trusting the ancient power within you. No matter how muddy your surroundings, remember that you’re budding with potential.

  4. Rip that ego apart

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    The whole purpose of the dharma is to dismantle the protective system we have created for ourselves that we call “ego.” The purpose behind each syllable of the dharma and every one of its methods is to contradict, disrupt and rip that ego apart until the goal of complete liberation from it has finally been achieved. ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

  5. Just as with her own life

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    Just as with her own life
    A mother shields from hurt
    Her own son, her only child,
    Let all-embracing thoughts
    For all beings be yours.

    ~ Metta Sutta

  6. The golden chain of spirituality

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    As long as we follow a spiritual approach promising salvation, miracles, liberation, then we are bound by the “golden chain of spirituality.” Such a chain might be beautiful to wear, with its inlaid jewels and intricate carvings, but nevertheless, it imprisons us. People think they can wear the golden chain for decoration without being imprisoned by it, but they are deceiving themselves. As long as one’s approach to spirituality is based upon enriching ego, then it is spiritual materialism, a suicidal process rather than a creative one. ~ Chögyam Trungpa


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