Despair is never…

Despair is never a solution, it is the ultimate failure. In Tibetan, we say, “if the rope breaks nine times, we must splice it together a tenth time.” Even if ultimately we do fail, at least we will have no feelings of regret. And when we combine this insight with a clear appreciation of our potential to benefit others, we can begin to restore our hope and confidence. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

Everyone wants happiness

The simple recognition that everyone else wants to be happy and not to suffer, just as I do, serves as a constant reminder against selfishness and partiality. It reminds us there is little to be gained from being kind and generous while hoping to win something in return. Actions motivated by a desire to earn a good name for ourselves are still selfish, even if they appear to be acts of kindness. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

Engaging ….

Engaging in virtuous activities is a bit like bringing up a young child. Many factors are involved, and, especially at the beginning, we need to be prudent and skillful in our endeavors to transform our habits and dispositions. We also need to be realistic about what we can expect to achieve. It took us a long time to become the way we are, and habits are not changed overnight. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

Eternity

Eternity isn’t some later time.

Eternity isn’t even a long time.

Eternity has nothing to do with time.

Eternity is that dimension of here and now that all thinking in temporal times cuts off.

And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere…the experience of eternity right here and now, in all things, whether thought of as good or as evil, is the function of life.

This is it.

~ Joseph Campell