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Although I may try to describe Love when I experience it I am speechless.
Although I may try to write about Love I am rendered helpless;
my pen breaks and the paper slips away at the ineffable place
where Lover, Loving and Loved are one.

Every moment is made glorious by the light of Love.

- Rumi

title: sunrise
flickr user _yury_
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"Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated that that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it."
- Sylvia Boorstein

Title: Bleep Moment(s)
Flickr User Ria Pereira


Dec. 12th, 2010 08:00 am
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"This paper is empty of an independent self. Empty, in this sense, means that the paper is full of everything, the entire cosmos. The presence of this tiny sheet of paper proves the existence of the entire cosmos." - Thich Nhat Hanh

title: blank sheet of paper
flickr user Mark 78
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"Karma is not something complicated or philosophical. Karma means watching your body, watching your mouth, and watching your mind. Trying to keep these three doors as pure as possible is the practice of karma." - Lama Thubten Yeshe, "The Bliss of Inner Fire"

Title: The Doorway
Flickr User Multicoloured Arc
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"Every winter,
When the great sun has turned his face away,
The earth goes down into a vale of grief,
And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables,
Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay -
Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses."

~Charles Kingsley

Flickr User jesscuhh
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All of spiritual practice is a matter of relationship;
to ourselves,to others,to life's situations
- Jack Kornield

Title: Road Force Field
Flickr User ryaninc
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"according to Buddhism, the life of all beings - human, animal,
or otherwise - is precious. and all have the same right the happiness.
It is certain that birds, wild animals - all the creatures inhabiting our planet
are our companions. They are part of our world, we share it with them."
- The Dalai Lama

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"where can fish and animals be taken where thy could not be killed?
the renunciation of doing harm is the perfection of discipline"
- Shantideva

Title: The Way Out
Flickr User acampm
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"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." (william arthur ward)

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"Limits are not the point of minimalism, but they accomplish something important: they force us to figure out what’s important. If we don’t want to figure out what’s important, they force us to figure out why.

There’s a Zen story (I’m paraphrasing here) about a student who asked a teacher, “What’s the most important thing?” And the teacher replied, “The most important thing is asking what’s the most important thing.” - from

Title: Stained Glass
Flickr User: Castle Photos
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"I look at every human being from a more positive angle; I try to look for their positive aspects. This attitude immediately creates a feeling of affinity, a kind of connectedness."
- The Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, will be on the Stanford campus to address the student body and participate in a conference ("Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism") this Thursday and Friday -
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"When happiness is equally dear to others and myself,
then what is so special about me that I strive after happiness for myself alone?
When fear and suffering are equally abhorrent to others and myself,
then what is so special about me that I protect myself but not others?"
- Shantideva

Title: legos will shield you
Flickr User Guy H
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""Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity." - Pema Chodron

Title: Looking in a small mirror
Flickr User cisto
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"we can bring a heart of understanding and compassion to a world that needs it so much" - Jack Kornfield

Title: pink gerbera with a heart of chocolate!
flickr user Vanessa Pike-Russell
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"The is not a matter of changing anything but of not grasping anything and of opening our eyes and our heart." - Jack Kornfield

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"The acceptance of the truth that joy and sorrow, laughter and tears are not confined to any particular time, place or people, but are universally distributed, should make us more tolerant of and more interested in the lives of others." - William Peck

Title: From Psalm 133 The Hebrew text reads : "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Flickr User Yon Ilcom
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"Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase." - John Balguy

Title: Saltwater Pearl Ear Sculpture
Flickr User Art Jewel Designs
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"our beliefs in a rich future are of little importance unless we can coin them into a rich present life." - Thomas Dreier

Title: Blown Off Of My Feet Today
Flickr User Thomas Hole
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Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. -Buddha

Title: Sun Over Earth (NASA, International Space Station Science, 11/22/09)
Flickr User NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
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"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. it is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err" - Mohandas K. Ghandi

Title: Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Flickr User Richard Dumoulin
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