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The Wisdom of Surrender

December 7, 2011

[ From DailyOM ]

A deep feeling of gratitude can emerge as we open to the experience of being helped.

Most of us pride ourselves on our self-sufficiency. We like to be responsible for taking care of ourselves and pulling our own weight in the world. This is why it can be so challenging when we find ourselves in a situation in which we have to rely on someone else. This can happen as the result of an illness or an injury, or even in the case of a positive change, such as the arrival of a newborn. At times like these, it is essential that we let go of our feeling that we should be able to do it all by ourselves and accept the help of others.

The first step is accepting the situation fully as it is. Too often we make things worse either by trying to do more than we should or by lapsing into feelings of uselessness. In both cases we run the risk of actually prolonging our dependency. In addition, we miss a valuable opportunity to practice acceptance and humility. The ego resists what is, so when we move into acceptance we move into the deeper realm of the soul. In needing others and allowing them to help us, we experience the full realization that we are not on our own in the world. While this may bring up feelings of vulnerability, a deep feeling of gratitude may also emerge as we open to the experience of being helped. This realization can enable us to be wiser in our service of others when we are called upon to help.

It takes wisdom and strength to surrender to our own helplessness and to accept that we, just like every other human being, have limitations. The gifts of surrender are numerous. We discover humility, gratitude, and a deepening understanding of the human experience that enables us to be that much more compassionate and surrendered in the world.


November 18, 2011




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


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

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Poems by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

October 26, 2010


The Sun has entered me.

The Sun has entered me together with the cloud and the river.

I myself have entered the Sun with the cloud and the river.

There has not been a moment when we do not interpenetrate.

But before the Sun entered me, the Sun was in me –

also the cloud and the river.

Before I entered the river, I was already in it.

There has not been a moment when we have not inter-been.

Therefore you know that as long as you continue to breathe,

I continue to be in you.


Walking Meditation

Take my hand.

We will Walk.

We will only walk.

We will enjoy our walk

without thinking of arriving anywhere.

Walk peacefully.

Walk happily.

Our walk is a happiness walk.

Then we learn that there is no peace walk;

that peace is the walk; that happiness is the walk.

We walk for ourselves.

We walk for everyone

always hand in hand.

Walk and touch peace every moment.

Walk and touch happiness every moment.

Each step brings a fresh breeze.

Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.

Kiss the earth with your feet.

Print on Earth your love and happiness.

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


Our True Heritage

The cosmos is filled with precious gems.

I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.

Each moment you are alive is a gem,

 shinning through and containing earth and sky,

water and clouds.

It needs you to breath gently for the miracles to be displayed.

Suddenly you hear the birds singing,

the pines chanting,

see the flowers blooming,

the blue sky,

the white clouds,

the smile and the marvellous look of your beloved.

You, the richest person on Earth,

who have been going around begging for a living,

stop being the destitute child.

Come back and claim your heritage.

We should enjoy our happiness and offer it to everyone.

Cherish this very moment.

Let go of the stream of distress

and embrace life fully in your arms.


Answers from the Heart

October 7, 2010

— By Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, 

Excerpts from Answers from the Heart

Q: What can we do when a person attacks us physically? May we use force in order to protect ourselves? Can a country use force to protect itself?

A: There are many things we can do to prevent ourselves from being attacked, physically or mentally. These things are part of how we live our daily lives. We learn to live in such a way that nobody wants to attack us. When you know how to generate the energy of brotherhood, of compassion, you’ll be protected by the energy of compassion and understanding. By living with understanding and compassion, you will also have a lot of friends to protect you. This is the basic practice. That is why we shouldn’t wait until there’s an attack in order to learn how to react.

When the Buddha was a young man he was versed in martial arts. He knew that with his skill, he would be able to respond to a physical attack. Like the Buddha we can practice qigong and other nonviolent methods of protecting ourselves. We can eat and work and sleep in a way that we preserve our health and resilience. We can cultivate mindfulness, concentration, and compassion. Every time the Buddha was in danger of being attacked physically, he used his mindfulness, intelligence, and compassion to subdue the person who was about to attack him, and he didn’t have to use his martial arts. Misunderstanding brings fear and anger, and we immediately think of the gun and the army as the only solution. But there are many nonviolent ways to protect our country and ourselves. Violence is the last resort. When a country is united, when it has wise leaders who practice deep dialogue and deep listening, the country has many friends and doesn’t have to use its army a lot. Instead the soldiers spend their time repairing roads, building bridges, and helping communities.

Q : What is the one thing people can do every day that will bring them closer to the happiness they seek?

A : We are so busy; we don’t want to do so many things. We want to know just one thing that we can do to get closer to the happiness we seek every day. I think that moving around with mindfulness, walking mindfully, may be what we propose as a gift, because we move a lot during our daily life. If you want to go from here to there, even if you need only to make five or six steps, and if you know how to make these steps mindfully, that can already be very helpful. You walk to the garage, enjoy every step you make. Don’t think of anything else, just enjoy walking. You walk to the office, to your workplace or to the dining hail: every step you make should bring you back to the here and the now so that you can enjoy what is going on. I think if all people on Earth were to know how to enjoy walking mindfully, that would transform the Earth and society already; because everyone would have the secrets of becoming more mindful, everyone would know how to enjoy each step they make.

Walking meditation is something everyone can do. There are those of us who find it difficult to practice sitting meditation; but walking — everyone walks. So I propose that everyone — whether they are in Berkeley, or New York, or Amsterdam, or Paris, or Bangkok — enjoy mindful walking; and every time they make a mindful step, they stop their forgetfulness, they go back to life, they touch the wonders of life for their healing and transformation. Walking meditation is very pleasant, transforming and healing. I propose to the readers of Publishers Weekly magazine that everyone take up the practice of walking meditation to begin with, and that will change their life. When you practice walking mindfully, you include your body with your mind. You include your breath, you become fully present, fully alive, and you get closer to the happiness you are seeking.


September 30, 2010








September 16, 2010








The Real Hero

September 1, 2010

 [ By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche ]

The real bravery, the real hero is the person who can fight anger, and can overwhelm and climb over anger. The real hero is the person who can face the most difficult and dangerous enemy-the inner enemy.

One person’s anger can kill sixty million people. That is how dangerous anger is-it is much more dangerous than an atomic bomb. There is no comparison between one person’s anger and an atomic bomb. Anger is much more harmful than an atomic bomb.

The danger of an atomic bomb is that it harms others and it can destroy the whole earth-more than half of the world-millions and millions of human beings and creatures. There are so many creatures-uncountable numbers in the water, under the ground, in the bushes and in the sky. There are so many, it is unbelievable. All this gets destroyed-not only human beings, but also creatures and so many buildings, bridges and cities. All these things that thousands and thousands of people for many years planned and spent so much money on, and worked so hard in order to collect the money to give to the workers-all these enjoyments, all the rich and comfortable apartments and the huge buildings, took so much time and effort. People put so much effort into building all this and in just one minute or one hour, it all gets destroyed. In so many of these cities, it is unbelievable how much effort people put into these things. They suffered so much to construct all this, then in one day or in one hour, it is all completely destroyed.

The danger of the atomic bomb comes from anger. If there is patience and no anger, this destruction would not happen. Even without talking about the narak realms, anger produces negative karma. Even without talking about karma, we can easily see how anger is so harmful and so dangerous. So then, if we talk about karma, it is unbelievable-when we think about the suffering result of that, there is no need to talk much. Today’s anger arises towards another sentient being, and this anger causes harm and suffering from life to life. The suffering result is experienced from life to life for a long time. Particularly if we think about karma creating a result that is similar to the cause, we understand. Because of the habit of getting angry in this life, we see that if we do not cease it in this life, again the habit comes out in the next life and anger arises, and so it goes on and on like this.

As it is explained in the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva, even if all the devas, the worldly gods, human beings and all sentient beings become our enemy, they could not lead us to the fire of the narak realms. Even if all sentient beings become our enemy and become aggressive toward us, they could not lead us into the fire of the narak realms. But if we meet the inner enemy, the unsubdued mind, this powerful enemy destroys whatever we need and it turns even great mountains into dust.

Besides the fragile bodies of other sentient beings, it destroys even very solid, concrete mountains, and makes them non-existent. So the real hero, the real bravery, is being able to face, fight and defeat the powerful, great inner enemies, such as anger, attachment and the unsubdued minds. We should face whatever is stronger in our mind-jealousy, pride or anger. If we can defeat this true enemy, the inner enemy, we are the real hero and that is real bravery.

All those leaders who have many ranks and medals due to killing-who were in a war and killed many people, and get extra colors and different materials-we think of them as brave. Especially when there is a scar somewhere on their hands or bodies where the bullet went through, we recognize them as so precious, and think of them as very important. We think of them as going down in history, with a long story, and we believe they are very important, brave and competent.

Similarly, we believe that someone who climbed a rocky mountain or a snow mountain is a brave and competent person. However, this is wrong. This person is not a real hero and it is not real bravery or real competency. Someone who is able to defeat the delusions and accomplish temporal or ultimate happiness is the real hero. The real bravery and the real hero is someone who is able to face the unsubdued mind of anger and attachment.

The real hero is the person who defeats the delusions and accumulates virtue in daily life. The real bravery is living in the precepts, because this means we have faced the delusions, the inner enemy. Living in the precepts is making war with the delusions, and a person who lives in the precepts is the real army, the inner army. That is a worthwhile army-an army that will accomplish nirvana and the omniscient mind.

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!”


June 27, 2010

[ 作者:星云大    文章来源:佛光祈愿文   ]



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May 21, 2010

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Universal Responsibility

March 9, 2010

[ By Lama Zopa Rinpoche, edited from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive by Ailsa Cameron ]

When we feel compassion for a person or an animal, we wish that being to be free from suffering. When our compassion is strong, we don’t simply wish for this but actually do something about it. We ourselves take responsibility for freeing that being from their suffering. By having compassion we at least stop giving harm to them.

In a couple, if at least one person has compassion, the other has more peace. If the wife has compassion and practices the good heart even though her husband doesn’t, she doesn’t retaliate even if he is a bad-tempered, selfish person. Therefore, he has more peace. Not receiving harm from her is peace that he receives from her. So, she is responsible for his peace. Even his mind can then gradually change. Because of her example as someone who continuously practices compassion and the good heart, he can also gradually transform his mind into the good heart. As he follows her example, he can slowly practice the good heart. When both of them practice the good heart, there will be incredible harmony and peace in their lives.

The peace and happiness of a wife depends on her husband and his peace and happiness depends on her. Their happiness is dependent on each other. They have responsibility for each other as how their life is going to turn out depends on the other person.

When we practice compassion, since we don’t give harm to the people around us, that is peace that they receive from us. In the same way, when we practice compassion, since the many millions of people in our country don’t receive harm from us, that is peace that they receive from us. Not only that, but when we practice compassion, since all the human beings and animals in the whole world don’t receive harm from us, that is peace that they receive from us. Since all sentient beings don’t receive harm from us, that is peace that they receive from us.

All other sentient beings receive peace not only by our stopping giving harm, but also by receiving help from us. When our compassion is strong, we do something; we ourselves take responsibility for freeing others from their sufferings. At the very least we don’t give harm to others, which means all sentient beings then receive peace and happiness from us.

If each of us practices compassion for the one person (or however many people there are in our family), they don’t receive harm from us, which means they receive peace. In addition, all the many millions of people and animals in our country and in the world don’t receive harm from us, which means they receive peace. Not receiving harm itself is peace that they receive from us. On top of this, we then take responsibility for doing something to free them from their sufferings. So, all sentient beings don’t receive harm from us, and they receive peace and happiness from us. All this peace and happiness that sentient beings receive from us is dependent on us.

Therefore, each of us is completely responsible for everyone’s happiness, starting with our family, the people and animals closest to us, and extending to all sentient beings. Each of us is completely responsible for pacifying all the sufferings of all sentient beings and for bringing them happiness. It is completely in our hands. If we don’t develop our mind, if we don’t transform our mind from self-cherishing thought to the thought of cherishing others, we will continuously give harm to other sentient beings. The actions that come out of self-cherishing thought directly or indirectly harm other sentient beings, starting with the people and animals closest to us and extending from there to all sentient beings. Their receiving harm is dependent upon us. If we act with self-cherishing thought, all sentient beings directly or indirectly receive harm from us, and from life to life.

If we transform our mind into the altruism that cherishes other sentient beings, all sentient beings won’t receive harm from us; they will receive peace and happiness. Whether or not we cause happiness to every other sentient being is completely in our own hands. It depends on our mind, on the kind of attitude we generate.

Our own happiness and comfort in daily life are dependent on the kindness of others. Even the happiness that comes from receiving praise or a compliment is dependent on the kindness of others. Our happiness is dependent on the attitudes and actions of others. It is the same with the people and animals around us. All the happiness and comfort of the people we live with at home and work with in the office is dependent on us. When we smile at them, they’re happy. When we look at them with compassion and a loving smile, it makes them happy; it brings them happiness and comfort. If we respect them, it makes them happy; it brings them happiness and comfort. The happiness of the people and animals around us is dependent on our own attitude toward them, on whether we have a negative or a positive attitude.

Our attitude to others manifests even in our physical appearance. According to the attitude we have toward others, our physical appearance is pleasant or unpleasant. If our attitude is negative, if we are angry or have a dissatisfied, self-centered mind only concerned about seeking our own happiness, that uptight mind manifests in an unpleasant appearance and an unpleasant vibration. Other people can feel that we aren’t kind and warm-hearted; we don’t have a good vibration. As our heart is closed toward others, other people don’t find it easy to communicate with us; they can’t make a connection. If we live our life with negative attitudes, since our actions are disrespectful and careless toward other sentient beings, we harm others. Our attitude disturbs the minds of others, making them unhappy.

The day-to-day happiness and comfort of the people and animals around us is dependent on our own attitude. We are responsible for the happiness of all sentient beings, starting with the people and animals around us. We can see very clearly how each of us has this universal responsibility.