1. Beauty is a joy for ever

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    A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
    Its loveliness increases;
    it will never pass into nothingness.
    ~ John Keats, Endymion

  2. Joy and sadness

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    The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy. ~Jim Rohn

     

  3. Pleasure and sadness

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    These words ‘the Middle Way’ do not refer to our body and speech, they refer to the mind. When a mental impression which we don’t like arises, it affects the mind and there is confusion. When the mind is confused, when it’s ‘shaken up’, this is not the right way. When a mental impression arises which we like, the mind goes to indulgence in pleasure – that’s not the way either.

    We people don’t want suffering, we want happiness. But in fact happiness is just a refined form of suffering. Suffering itself is the coarse form. You can compare them to a snake. The head of the snake is unhappiness, the tail of the snake is happiness. The head of the snake is really dangerous, it has the poisonous fangs. If you touch it, the snake will bite straight away. But never mind the head, even if you go and hold onto the tail, it will turn around and bite you just the same, because both the head and the tail belong to the one snake.

    In the same way, both happiness and unhappiness, or pleasure and sadness, arise from the same parent – wanting. So when you’re happy the mind isn’t peaceful. It really isn’t! For instance, when we get the things we like, such as wealth, prestige, praise or happiness, we become pleased as a result. But the mind still harbours some uneasiness because we’re afraid of losing it. That very fear isn’t a peaceful state. Later on we may actually lose that thing and then we really suffer. ~Ajahn Chah

    Jendhamuni and little brother

     

     

  4. Progressing along our way

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    All of us have our own life’s path, and while moving along it, we will meet with various kinds of problems and suffering. No matter how many difficulties may arise, we should look back at what we have accomplished and keep in mind the path we wish to travel along. This will help us to remain stable. However much we may have to endure, we should develop tolerance so that we can progress along our way. Until we have come to the end of our path and accomplished all our goals, we should heed neither suffering nor joy; otherwise, the goal we seek will never come within our reach. ~ 17th Karmapa

    RFA/Men Sothyr

    RFA/Men Sothyr

  5. The present moment

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    What matters most is how much joy you’re currently experiencing in the present moment. If you’re putting off your happiness until you accomplish something, you’re failing at life. ~Unknown

  6. The inner joy of giving

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    Your wealth can only edify your house but not you. Only your own virtue can edify you. Your dress can adorn your body but not you. Only your good conduct can.

    Ultimately, it is bliss to know that “happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself”. The world may not be what you want it to be but you can tune your heart to find happiness within it. It is only when you have suffered for doing good that you can rise above others in understanding and personal happiness. ~by Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda

    “If you want to find happiness, let us stop thinking about gratitude and ingratitude and give for the inner joy of giving. Ingratitue natural – like weeds. Gratitude is like a rose. It has to be fed, watered, and cultivated and loved and protected”. (Dale Carnegie)

    Flowers - May 7, 2015.

    Flowers – May 7, 2015.

  7. The sharing of joy

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    The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference. ~Audre Lorde


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2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
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