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A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on compassion, buddha, buddhism, and connection

Please Call Me By My True Names
Don't say that I will depart tomorrow-
even today I am still arriving.
Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
I still arrive,
in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart
is the birth and death of all that is alive.
I am a mayfly metamorphosing
on the surface of the river.
And I am the bird
that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.
I am a frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.
I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.
I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving.
I am a member of the politburo,
with plenty of power in my hands.
And I am the man who has to pay
his "debt of blood" to my people
dying slowly in a forced-labor camp.
My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
can be left open,
the door of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

A Quote by unknown on buddha, enlightenment, meditation, and awakening

Never forget the space that houses your enlightenment.

by una 

unknown

Source: una

Contributed by: una

A Quote by Osho on bhagwan, osho, nirvana, samsara, zorba, and buddha

Zorba the Buddha
...I really don't know from which Book of Bhagwan/Osho I caught the quote, but he used it frequently and I'm pretty sure it's a well known quote...

osho

Source: Bhagwan, Osho

Contributed by: Alistair

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on peace, one word, and buddha

Better than a thousand useless words is one word that gives peace.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Sayings of the Buddha: Reflections for Every Day

Contributed by: mu

A Quote by Eihei Dogen on grass, flowers, mountains, waters, and buddha

There are those who, attracted by grass, flowers, mountains, and waters, flow into the Buddha Way.

Eihei Dogen

Source: Eihei Dogen

Contributed by: omgardener

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on buddha, wise, and fool

The fool who thinks he is wise is just a fool.  The fool who knows he is a fool is wise indeed.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The Dhammapada

Contributed by: Wes

A Quote by Russell Targ on nagarjuna, buddha, buddhism, logic, aristotelian logic, middle path, four-valued logic, two-valued logic, and paradox

I believe that we are neither a "self" nor "not a self," but that we are awareness residing as a body. This is the sort of apparent paradox about who we are that may not be solvable within the framework of what we call "Aristotelian two-valued logic" -- the logic system basic to all of Western analytical thought. In the two-valued logic, we frame our reality with questions like "Are we mortal or immortal?" "Is the mind or soul part of the body?" or "Is light made of waves or particles?" But none of these have "yes" or "no" answers. The exclusion of a middle ground between the poles of Aristotelian logic is the source of much confusion. Other logic systems have been suggested in Buddhist writings; the great second-century dharma master and teacher Nagarjuna introduced a four-valued logic system in which statements about the world can be (1) true, (2) not true, (3) both true and not true, (4) neither true nor not true -- which Nagarjuna believed was the usual case -- thereby illumination what is known as the Buddhist Middle Path. According to Nagarjuna, the Buddha first taught that the world is real. He next taught that it is unreal. To the more astute students, he taught that it is both real and not real. And to those who were furthest along the path, he taught that the world is neither real nor not real, which is what we would say today.

Russell Targ

Source: Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness, Pages: 19-20

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Ken Wilber on buddha, jesus, mystics, and ancient wisdom

The great and rare mystics of the past (from Buddha to Christ, from al-Hallaj to Lady Tsogyal, from Hui-neng to Hildegard) were, in fact, ahead of their time, and are still ahead of ours. In other words, they are not figures of the past. They are figures of the future.

Ken Wilber

Source: Sex, Ecology, Spirituality : The Spirit of Evolution, Second Edition, Pages: 253

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on buddhism, day, experience, meditate constantly, gotama, gautama, buddha, awake, disciples, sangha, dhamma, body, and harmlessness

Well awake the disciples of Gotama ever arise —
they who by day and night always contemplate the Buddha.

Well awake the disciples of Gotama ever arise —
they who by day and night always contemplate the Dhamma.

Well awake the disciples of Gotama ever arise —
they who by day and night always contemplate the Sangha.

Well awake the disciples of Gotama ever arise —
they who by day and night always contemplate the body.

Well awake the disciples of Gotama ever arise —
they who by day and night delight in harmlessness.

Well awake the disciples of Gotama ever arise —
they who by day and night delight in meditation.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The Dhammapada: The Gift Of Truth Excels All Other Gifts 1940‎ - Page 75 by Narada Thera, Cassius A. Pereira, v.296-301; modified by Bhikkhu Pesala

Contributed by: Zaady

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