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Patience Protects Presence

The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. It gives us a certain amount of inner peace, which allows us some self-control, so that we can choose to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner, rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions.

– Dalai Lama

A Paradox

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.

 Do justly now.

 Love mercy now.

 Walk humbly now.

You are not obligated to complete the work.

But neither are your free to abandon it.

Rabbi Tarfon: Pirke Avot II 20

Be Constantly Present

In everything you do, question how your mind is, moment by moment. By being constantly present and aware you bring about what helps others — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.

~ 37 Practice of a Bodhisattva, Verse 36

Kindness is Strength

Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Morning Blessing

Every day, think as you wake up: Today, I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all of my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve Enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts toward others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Ultimate Generosity

In meditation, we become familiar with letting go. We watch our thoughts arise and let them go. We’re spreading our wings, loosening up, so that we can let go anytime. When we rise from our meditation seat, we can continue the practice of letting go as we bring it forth into our day. Letting go of attachment is the ultimate generosity, because it connects us with our wisdom and compassion.

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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