Cause And Effect

“Carrying on negative action while expecting happiness is like holding your hand in fire while hoping not to be burned. Of course, no one actually wants to suffer, but as long as we continue to indulge in negative action our suffering will never end. Positive thoughts, words, and deeds are something we have to cultivate; it cannot be bought or given, and no one ever stumbles on it just by chance.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Afternoon run – 5.1 miles

“It is necessary to work patiently with others, all the time. If you have patience, people slowly change. You do have some effect on them, if you are radiating your sanity. They will begin to take notice. Although of course they don’t want to let anybody know; they say, ‘Nothing has changed. I have the same problems.’ But be patient. Something has changed – if you take your time, it works!”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Minimalism

“It is important to develop the habit of distinguishing between wants and needs. Not only our own wellbeing is at stake here. Just look at the rapid degradation of the natural environment, and we can see the destructive effects of our consumerism.”

~ 17th Karmapa

afternoon run – 5.2 miles

“In Buddhism, we speak of what is to be given up and what is to be taken up. The thing most difficult for us to give up, even if we try very hard, is our ego-fixation, this grasping on to ‘me’ and ‘mine.’ Most parents are guiding their children in the wrong direction if they encourage their self-centeredness.”

~ 17th Karmapa

Enjoying Inner Silence

“Silence is something coming from inside, not from outside. Silence doesn’t mean not talking or not doing anything; it means that you are not disturbed inside. If you’re truly silent, then no matter how noisy a situation you find yourself in you can still enjoy the silence.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“To believe that life’s problems are fixable if we fight for them, that there is something about samsara still worth fighting for, makes it impossible to nurture a wholehearted devotion to practice the dharma. The only view truly helpful for a dharma practitioner is that samsara cannot be fixed, that cyclic existence has to be eradicated if we want to end the sufferings of samsara.”

~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche