1. 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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  2. If we understand…

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    Suppose you go and sit in the middle of a freeway with the cars and trucks charging down at you. You can’t get angry at the cars, shouting, ”Don’t drive over here! Don’t drive over here!” It’s a freeway, you can’t tell them that. So what can you do? You get off the road! The road is the place where cars run, if you don’t want the cars to be there, you suffer.

    It’s the same with sankhāras. We say they disturb us, like when we sit in meditation and hear a sound. We think, ”Oh, that sound’s bothering me.” If we understand that the sound bothers us then we suffer accordingly. If we investigate a little deeper, we will see that it’s we who go out and disturb the sound! The sound is simply sound. If we understand like this then there’s nothing more to it, we leave it be. We see that the sound is one thing, we are another. One who understands that the sound comes to disturb him is one who doesn’t see himself. He really doesn’t! Once you see yourself, then you’re at ease. The sound is just sound, why should you go and grab it? You see that actually it was you who went out and disturbed the sound.

    This is real knowledge of the truth. You see both sides, so you have peace. If you see only one side, there is suffering. Once you see both sides, then you follow the Middle Way. This is the right practice of the mind. This is what we call straightening out our understanding. ~Ajahn Chah

     

  3. Once we understand

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    Because of climate change and increasing natural disasters, the world’s 7 billion people must learn to work together. This is no longer a time, His Holiness said, to think only of ‘my nation’ or ‘our continent’ alone. There is a real need for a greater sense of global responsibility based on a sense of the oneness of humanity.

    “Once we understand that like us other human beings want to live a happy life, and that our own future depends on others like them it will be easier to develop compassion. This is a question of survival,” His Holiness declared. “And in order to protect our sense of compassion, we need tolerance and forgiveness. These are the kind of qualities that are important in a healthy society, that are the basis of a happier more harmonious community. To achieve this in reality, we have been working on a curriculum to introduce secular ethics into our education system from kindergarten all the way up to university.”

    ~by H.H. Dalai Lama | Link source

     

  4. The more you understand

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    The more you understand, the more you love; the more you love, the more you understand.
    They are two sides of one reality. The mind of love and the mind of understanding are the same.
    ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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