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A Quote by zaadzster_1 on herds, herdmanity, society, groups, conformity, groupthink, conformism, christianity, taoism, hinduism, buddhism, religion, capitalism, communism, socialism, individuality, individual, authentic, being authentic, fear, fear of t

We're all afloat in a boundless sea, and the way we cope is by massing together in groups and pretending in unison that the situation is other than it is.  We reinforce the illusion for each other.  That's what a society really is, a little band of humanity huddled together against the specter of a pitch black sea.  Everyone is treading water to keep their heads above the surface even though they have no reason to believe that the life they're preserving is better than the alternative they're avoiding.  It's just that one is known and one is not.  Fear of the unknown is what keeps everyone busily treading water.  All fear is fear of the unknown.  If someone in such a group of water-treaders betrays the group lie by speaking the truth of their situation, that person is called a heretic, and society reserves its most awful punishments for heretics.  If someone decides to stop struggling and just sink or float away, every possible effort is made to stop him, not for the benefit of the individual, but for the benefit of the group.  To deny at all costs the truth of the situation.

Jed McKenna

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A Quote by Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi on star wars, jedi, buddhism, mindful, obi-wan kenobi, and anakin skywalker

Be mindful of your feelings young padawan.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Source: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Contributed by: Kristin

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on buddhism, life, mindful, future, past, and present

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

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A Quote by Shantideva on buddhism, tibetan, and bodhisattva

As long as space abides and as long as the world abides, so long may I abide, destroying the sufferings of the world.

Shantideva

Source: The Bodhicaryavatara (Oxford World's Classics)

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A Quote by Robert Aitken on buddhism, affinity, and connection

My birth and yours were unique, each birth is unique, and every incident across the world and across the great nebulae is unique--and every event unfolds the universe.

Robert Aitken (1734 - 1802)

Source: The Dance of Affinity

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A Quote by Robert Aitken on buddhism, affinity, and connection

What is it that caused your great-grandmother on her meeting with your great-grandfather to recognize him as her future mate and the future father of her children? You can call it a mystery, but it is a mystery that does not imply doubt. We can presume she felt something definite. She felt affinity.

Robert Aitken (1734 - 1802)

Source: The Dance of Affinity

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A Quote by Robert Aitken on buddhism, affinity, and karma

How about the complex of affinities that bring you to a bank just as a robber comes in? Are you responsible for this situation? Lots of incidents led up to it, and once their results are in train, you might have no control. There is such a thing as world karma. I as the world am responsible, but there might be no way for me as an individual to help once the crisis has become acute.

Robert Aitken (1734 - 1802)

Source: The Dance of Affinity

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A Quote by Robert Aitken on buddhism, practice, seeking, and tao

It is time to turn to the traditional teachings, if you are so inclined, or simply to search on your own. Take heart, and from your own heart and mine we can weather this war that ranges all round us, and together we can embody and present the Way.

Robert Aitken (1734 - 1802)

Source: The Long View

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Robert Aitken on buddhism, affinity, and intimacy

Chance and destiny are not adequate concepts for explaining karma. It's really a dance, isn't it!--a dance of sisters and brothers who come together by mysterious likeness and attraction. Their dances in turn come together with all the dances across the world. For some this can be joyless, even the dance of exploitation and murder, but for the Bodhisattva it is the great cotillion of intimacy.

Robert Aitken (1734 - 1802)

Source: The Dance of Affinity

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Michael Carroll on buddhism and work

If we take a moment to slow down and open up to our work circumstances, we will discover that work is continually inviting us to help, not hide; to listen openly, not to close up; to connect, not detach; to perfect our skillfulness, not put it in question.

Michael Carroll

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 (Best Buddhist Writing), Pages: 151

Contributed by: Jessica

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