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#2560 - Monday, August 21, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee
All images in this issue are by Robert O' Hearn in Garden Mystics and feature quotes from the "Garden of Ma".
Life is given.
Nothing is earned,
so learn to serve others,
not your own desire and greed
and ego. They steal your energies,
whereas devotion builds your strength
and protects the intelligent flame
that leads to the truth within.
14th Century North Indian mystic
Along the Way
generosity, we should always remember how very fortunate we are
to have this opportunity.
-Gomo Tulku, "Becoming a Child of the Buddhas"
We humans have existed in
our present form for about a hundred thousand years. I believe
that if during this time the human mind had been primarily
controlled by anger and hatred, our overall population would have
decreased. But today, despite all our wars, we find that the
human population is greater than ever. This clearly indicates to
me that love and compassion predominate in the world. And this is
why unpleasant events are "news"; compassionate
activities are so much a part of daily life that they are taken
for granted and, therefore, largely ignored.
--His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in Compassion and the Individual
from Everyday Mind,
Below is a
"peace" quote from the abbot of the
monastery that old woman now lives in. My personal
wish: may all beings drop their "weapons" whether it
be angry words to those close to us, or bombs and guns
from one country to another; may we all fill with
loving-compassion for all - family, friends, and
so-called "enemies"; may our "weapons" be transformed
into words and actions that bring peace to the hearts
"One asks that one's presence may contribute toward
continuous world peace, harmony, friendship, happiness, understanding, and goodwill; and that all beings be uplifted from the negative patterns
which cause chaos."
- Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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