1. Simplicity of the present moment

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    Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts. What good does it do to brood on the past or anticipate the future? Remain in the simplicity of the present moment. ~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    We must make good use of this life for the time that we have left. This brief flash of light, like the sun appearing through the clouds. ~Kalu Rinpoche


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  2. Simplicity is extremely important

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    If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation. ~Dalai Lama

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  3. Its simplicity

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    Tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
    When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.
    The rest of the world dissolves.
    There are no worries about the future.
    No dwelling on past mistakes.
    Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
    I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
    I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
    I am informed by the tea, changed.
    This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.
    There is only the tea, and me, converging. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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    Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt