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“The best way to take care of the future…” Thich Nhat Hanh

“If we cling to the idea of hope in the future, we might not notice the peace and joy that are available in the present moment. The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.”

“The Earth will be safe
when we feel safe in ourselves.”

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not  to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged  in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes.  All is a miracle.”

“You are like fireworks. You go out into your children, your friends, your society, and the whole world.”

“You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you.”

“I hold my face in my two hands.
No, I am not crying.
I hold my face in my two hands
to keep the loneliness warm –
two hands protecting,
two hands nourishing,
two hands preventing
my soul from leaving me
in anger.”

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.”

Mindful Consuming

“Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I vow to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking and consuming. I vow to ingest only items that preserve peace, well-being, and joy in the body, in my consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family and society. I am determined not to use alcohol or any other intoxicant or to ingest foods or other items that contain toxins, such as certain TV programs, magazines, books, films, and conversations. I am aware that to damage my body or my consciousness with these poisons is to betray my ancestors, my parents, my society, and future generations. I will work to transform violence, fear, anger, and confusion in myself and in society by practicing a diet for myself and for society. I understand that a proper diet is crucial for self transformation and for the transformation of society.”

“You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are …transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment.”

“The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves “inside the skin” of the other.  We “go inside” their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering.  Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering.  We must become one with the subject of our observation.  When we are in contact with another’s suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us. Compassion means, literally, “to suffer with.””

“The Buddha’s teachings on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.”

“Use your time wisely. Every moment produce beautiful thoughts, loving, kindness, forgiveness. Say beautiful things, inspire, forgive, act physically to protect and help.”

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.”

“Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just Be.”

“May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.”

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”

“We have to learn to die in every moment in order to be fully alive.”

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The Ox and Cloud

Orientation cloud

Sparkling firmament

Sleeping ox ambles

Timeless skies call

Invisible lover

Tickles my bones.

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Clear Sky

I imagine

Greater changes,

Creativity spirals

Without control,

The universe reflects

Something of nothing,

As we play with

Our infinite potential.



Our collective memory is a

Shared greatness;

No action inert,

No form is lifeless,

When the eyes of the unseen

Are seen.


The known is rising

And falling,

Insight lights

Darkened corners.

So subtle the energy

Passing through,

A divine dialogue ignites

With deeper intent,

Drunk on intuition

Colluding with silent speculation,

Form means

Emptiness profound.


Over my thoughts

Creation lingers,

Evolution clings

To wisdom re-inacted,


The actor falls silent

As the selfish idea

Is susceptible to a wandering nature

Embedded in flux,

Freed now to drive

In clear skies.

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Dawn in Western Sky

In a field - Myanmar

A field – Myanmar

Making tea in great temples

All moving in mysterious ways,

The still river runs deep,

Last night’s wood smoke

Is caught in the breeze.


Finally, no end to speak,

Mind a flawless diamond;

Energy an eternal delight,

Magic alive in these mountains.


A dried leaf in a storm

Unable to plot a course,

Superb complexity

Of a passing dragonfly.


My cries, my calling,

Ever punctuated by a profound silence,

To easy to give up

This tomorrow that never comes.


Looking into the pond

Without depth, it is empty,

Let it settle.


In death, I rest,

Returning this dirty skeleton

To the earth.

Webs and Trees - Kalpa, India

Webs and Trees – Kalpa, India

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A Mirror Reflects

Outside the fold

I am found.


Slashing silence

Awakens violent peace.

Purity contaminates

The pure,

Vicious circles



No strings;

Clingless the empty sky,

Great void.

Ocean waves

Feed the fire,

Cease to settle.


A mirror reflecting itself.

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Haiku – Basho and Ryokan

Liang ka’i painting, 13th Century

On rainy days
The monk Ryokan
Feels sorry for himself

The sound of the scouring
Of the saucepan blends
With the tree-frog’s voices.

The wind brings
Fallen leaves enough
To make a fire.

The thief
Left in Behind –
The moon at the window.

A fallen flower
Returning to the branch
It was a butterfly.

You light the fire;
I’ll show you something nice –
A great ball of snow!

Mu Ch’i Painting,13th Century – Guanyin, Monkeys, and Crane

The long night;
The sound of the water
Says what I think.

The stars on the pond;
Again the winter shower
Ruffles the water.

In the dark forest
A berry drops:
The sound of water.

A brushwood gate,
And for a lock –
This snail.

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be empty

in nothing,

see perfect black

in perfect white


no divide;

an empty cup

with space enough

to be filled by a beauty unknown,

with bliss,

a union

of silent echoes,

moments fit for something divine


to rise;

when everything stops

only to begin again;

I fade

to find

all as it was.

‘Entering the forest he moves not the grass;

Entering the water he makes not a ripple.’


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