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金刚经中的四句偈

November 18, 2011

关于金刚经中四句偈,有以下看法:

  “凡所有相,皆是虚妄。若见诸相非相,则见如来。” 

  “若以色见我,以音声求我,是人行邪道,不能见如来。”

        “ 不应住色生心,不应住声香味触法生心,应无所住而生其心。”

       “一切有为法,如梦幻泡影,如露亦如电,应作如是观。”
  

Forgiveness Qutoes

November 11, 2011

Forgive and forget — Proverb

Forgotten is forgiven. – Scott Fitzgerald  

Love is an act of endless forgiveness. — Jean Vanier

Forgiveness is the oil of relationships. –Josh McDowell

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong – Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness is choosing to love, it is the first skill of self – giving love. – Mahatma Gandhi

There is no revenge as complete as forgiveness. — Josh Billings

Forgiveness is giving up the possibility of a better past. – Unknown

 Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. – William A. Ward

 Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me. – Anonymous

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. –George MacDonald

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoners were you.  – Unknown

Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you free. — Stormie Omartia

An apology is a good way to have the last word. –Unknown

Without deep humility, true forgiveness is impossible and will never happen. – Martha Kilpatrick

Forgiveness – so easy to believe in its value – so hard to practice. –Gary Amirault

We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it. –Clive Staples Lewis

Forgiveness is not something we do for other people. We do it for ourselves to get well and move on – Unknown

 

Quotes from Nelson Mandela

July 19, 2011


Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes & Story

August 24, 2010

Because you are alive, everything is possible.

Life is available only in the present moment.

Our own life has to be our message.

Compassion is a verb.

Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.

If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.

You are not an observer, you are a participant.

Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive.

Earth will be safe when we feel in us enough safety.

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.

The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.

 Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.

By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.

If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire.

When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates.

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.

I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. … Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

“There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha’s name. She is very tough, and she practices the invocation three times daily, using a wooden drum and a bell, reciting, “Namo Amitabha Buddha” for one hour each time. When she arrives at one thousand times, she invites the bell to sound. (In Vietnamese, we don’t say “strike” or “hit” a bell.) Although she has been doing this for ten years, her personality has not changed. She is still quite mean, shouting at people all the time.

A friend wanted to teach her a lesson, so one afternoon when she had just lit the incense, invited the bell to sound three times, and was beginning to recite “Namo Amitabha Buddha,” he came to her door, and said, “Mrs. Nguyen, Mrs. Nguyen!” She found it very annoying because this was her time of practice, but he just stood at the front gate shouting her name. She said to herself, “I have to struggle against my anger, so I will ignore that,” and she went on, “Namo Amitabha Buddha, Namo Amitabha Buddha.”

The gentleman continued to shout her name, and her anger became more and more oppressive. She struggled against it, wondering, “Should I stop my recitation and go and give him a piece of my mind?” But she continued chanting, and she struggled very hard. Fire mounted in her, but she still tried to chant “Namo Amitabha Buddha.” The gentleman knew it, and he continued to shout, “Mrs. Nguyen! Mrs. Nguyen!”

She could not bear it any longer. She threw away the bell and the drum. She slammed the door, went out to the gate and said, “Why, why do you behave like that? Why do you call my name hundreds of times like that?” The gentleman smiled at her and said, “I just called your name for ten minutes, and you are so angry. You have been calling the Buddha’s name for ten years. Think how angry he must be!”

Ten Words

July 20, 2010

Ten Words

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弘一法师名言

May 25, 2010

气,忌盛。心,忌满。才,忌露。

臨事須替別人想;論人先將自己想。

善用威者不輕怒;善用恩者不妄施。

为外物所动之为静。不为外物所实则为虚。

意粗、性躁,一事无成;心平、气和,千祥骈集。

自責之外,無勝人之術;自強之外,無上人之術。

不近人情,舉足盡是危機;不體物情,一生俱成夢境。

处超然,处人蔼然。无事澄然,有事斩然。得意淡然,失意泰然。

Confucius Quotes 孔夫子的教导

March 10, 2010

“To know your faults and be able to change is the greatest virtue.”

知錯能改,善莫大焉

 “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.”

  己所不欲,勿施於人。

“With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow – is not joy to be found therein? Riches and honours acquired through unrighteousness are to me as the floating clouds.”

疏食飲水,曲肱而枕,樂在其中矣。不義而富貴,於我如浮雲。

“Knowledge is recognizing what you know and what you don’t.”

知之為知之,不知為不知,是知也.

“Reviewing the day’s lessons. Isn’t it joyful? Friends come from far. Isn’t it delightful? One has never been angry at other’s misunderstanding. Isn’t he a respectable man?”

學而時習之,不亦說乎?有朋自遠方來,不亦樂乎 ? 人不知而不慍,不亦君子乎 ?

春有百花秋有月

February 17, 2010

[ From Yahoo!奇摩]

依【無門關】記載,此詩偈出自唐朝南泉普願接化趙州從諗的禪門公案。

趙州問南泉:「如何是道?」泉云:「平常心是道。」州問:「還可趣向否?」泉云:「擬向即乖!」州問:「不擬爭知是道?」泉云:「道不屬知,不屬不知;知是妄覺,不知是無記。若真達不擬之道,猶如太虛,廓然洞豁,豈可強是非邪?」

趙州乃於言下頓悟玄旨,心如朗月。又頌云:「春有百花秋有月 夏有涼風冬有雪 若無閒事掛心頭 便是人間好時節 」。

趙州向南泉問「道」,南泉答以:平常心。接著又說:「道」無法追尋思問、覺知言傳,只能在生活中自行體會;屆時天地身心、洞然開闊,自有一番境界。

趙州聽了之後,作出悟道詩偈,供南泉印證。詩意是說春夏秋冬各有美景、如果心中沒有執著偏見,四季何時不是勝況?

Advice from Fjalar Ravia

May 7, 2009

“Learn to enjoy your contingent present, don’t be obsessed by the future. Carpe diem, and enjoy the current emotions: a starry sky, a fresh wind, the shells on the seashore, your love at your side in the night, a long talk in the evening twilight with a friend, the smile of your kids. Substituting *that* with a TV -or a computer screen- is a very poor bargain… that is one of the few things I am now pretty sure of.” — Fjalar Ravia (via reddit)

Mahatma Gandhi Qutoes

April 22, 2009

 

The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children.

 
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.

 
Faith must be enforced by reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.

 
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.

 
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

 
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

 
Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message will be rejected.

 
We must become the change we want to see.

 
Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong.

 
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

 
No body can hurt me without my permission.

 

Smile Quotes

April 16, 2009

Smile to bring peace and happiness for you and me. Keep smiling  🙂

All people smile in the same language.
— Proverb

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
— Phyllis Diller

A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it.
— Author Unknown

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.
— Author Unknown

A smile is the universal welcome.
— Max Eastman

Every day you spend without a smile, is a lost day.
— Author Unknown

If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.
— Author Unknown

If you don’t start out the day with a smile, it’s not too late to start practicing for tomorrow.
— Author Unknown

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.
— Andy Rooney

It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.
— Author Unknown

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.
— Author Unknown

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.
— Author Unknown

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a
caring, sharing person inside.
—  Denis Waitley
 
If you sees friend without a smile, give him one of yours.
— Proverb
 
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness
— William Arthur Ward
 
Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.
— Anthony j. D’Angelo

Peace begins with a smile.
— Mother Teresa

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
–Mother Teresa

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
— Mother Teresa

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
— Steve Maraboli

Always wears a smile. The gift of life will then be yours to give.
— Rabbi Nachman

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

If in our daiy life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Thought for the week

February 17, 2009

 

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

—- William James, a Harvard Psychologist

 

 

We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.

— Anais Nin

 

 

For every failure, there is an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

— Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

 

 

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.

— Martin Luther King, Jr

 

 

You can never learn less, you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes.

— Buchminster Fuller, mathematician and philosopher who never graduated from college but received 46 doctorates

 

 

Your outer circumstances are but reflections of your inner thoughts.

—- Various authors

 

 

Some men see things as they are and say why I dream of things that never were and say why not.

—- Robert F. Kennedy

 

圣严法师临终偈语

February 4, 2009

怀着感恩的心,读着’ 慢行听禅’ ,一本纪实着 ‘ 殷琪问法、圣严解惑 ‘ 的书的当儿,收到了圣严法师圆寂的简讯 ( 在下面一段 );失落了一陣子,现以至诚的心祈求法师乘愿再来、广度众生!

— 被比喻为”风雪中的行脚僧” 的圣严法师 —

法鼓山的创办人,

临终有一偈语:

无事忙中老,

空里有苦笑,

本来没有我,

生死皆可抛。

Self Improvement Quotes

January 23, 2009
“You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.”
—- James Allen 
 
“Choose a life that is most useful and habit will make it the most agreeable.”
—- Sir Francis Bacon
 
“Act as if it were impossible to fail.”
—- Dorothea Brande
 
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
—- Pearl Buck
 
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
—- Buddha
 
“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.”
—- Dr. David M. Burns
 
“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.”
—- Albert Camus
 
“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
—- Dale Carnegie
 
“Man is what he believes.”
—- Anton Chekhov
 
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
—- Sir Winston Churchill
 
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
—- Sir Winston Churchill
 
“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
—- Confucius
 
“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”
—- John Dewey
 
“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.”
—- Walt Disney
 
“In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.”
—- Benjamin Disraeli
 
“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”
—- Thomas A. Edison
 
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
—- Albert Einstein
 
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
—- Albert Einstein
 
“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.”
—- George Eliot
 
“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
—- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”
—- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.”
—- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.”
—- Robert Fritz
 
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
—- Mahatma Gandhi
 
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
—- Mahatma Gandhi
 
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
—- Mahatma Gandhi
 
“As soon as you to trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
—- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 
It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.”
—- James Gordon, M.D.
 
“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”
—- Napoleon Hill
 
“No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.”
—- Napoleon Hill
 
“To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.”
—- Victor Hugo
 
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”
—- Victor Hugo
 
“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
—- William James
 
“This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.”
—- William James
 
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
—- John F. Kennedy
 
“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”
—- John F. Kennedy
 
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
—- Martin Luther King Jr.
 
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
—- Martin Luther King Jr.
 
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”  
—- Abraham Lincoln
 
“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
—- John Locke
 
“We all have a few failures under our belt. It’s what makes us ready for the successes.”
—- Randy K. Milholland
 
“We must be the epitome – the embodiment – of success. We must radiate success before it will come to us. We must first become mentally, from an attitude standpoint, the people we wish to become.”
—- Earl Nightingale 
 
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
—- Norman Vincent Peale
 
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
—- Norman Vincent Peale
 
“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”
—- Ronald Reagan
 
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
—- Tony Robbins
 
“You always pass failure on the way to success.”
—- Mickey Rooney
 
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
—- Bertrand Russell
 
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. ”
—- Jim Rohn
 
“For things to change, we have to change.”
—- Jim Rohn
 
“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”
—- George Sand
 
“Strong reasons make strong actions.”
—- William Shakespeare
 
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”
—- George Bernard Shaw
 
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
—- Beverly Sills
 
“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”
—- W. Clement Stone
 
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
—- Harriet Beecher Stowe
 
“God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.”
—- Mother Teresa
 
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”
—- Mother Teresa
 
“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.”
—- Oscar Wilde
 
“Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.”
—- Oprah Winfrey
 
“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
—- Frank Lloyd Wright
 
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
—- Zig Ziglar
 
“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.” 
—- Unknown
 
“It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.”
—- Unknown
 
“Constant self improvement will create constant growth and happiness.”
—- Unknown
 

Friendship Quotes

January 20, 2009

Some friendships are made by nature, some by contract, some by interest, and some by souls.
—- Jeremy Taylor

Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
—- Henry Adams

We evaluate our friends with a godlike justice, but we want them to evaluate us with a godlike compassion.
—- Sydney Harris

Hear no ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy.
—- Benjamin Franklin

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.
—- Ed Howe

A person should keep his friendship in constant repair.
—- Samued Johnson

The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.
—- Wilson Mizner

Three men are my friends: he that loves me, he that hates me, and he that is indifferent to me. Who loves me teaches me tenderness. Who hates me teaches me caution. Who is indifferent to me teaches me self – reliance.
—- Anonymous

Friendship is in loving rather than being loved.
—- Robert Bridges

You make more friends by becoming interested in other people than by trying to interest other people in yourself.
—- Dale Carnegie

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.
—- Charles Caleb Colton

Friendship begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
—- St. Francis De Sales

It is mutual respect which makes friendship lasting.
—- John Henry Newman

A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities.
—- William Shakespeare

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shock of adversity before it its entitled to the appellation.
—- George Washington

In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then the recognition of interdependance.
—- Henry van Dyke

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over, so in a series of kindness there is at last one that makes the heart run over.
—- Samuel Johnson

A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
—- Anonymous