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When talking about others is motivated by thoughts of ill will, jealousy, or attachment, conversations turn into gossip. These thoughts may seem to be subconscious, but if we pay close attention to our mind we’ll be able to catch them in the act. Many of these are thoughts that we don’t want to acknowledge to ourselves, let alone to others, but my experience is that when I become courageous enough to notice and admit them, I’m on my way to letting them go.
~ Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, “The Truth About Gossip”
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”It is our motivation that direct our acts, just as an irrigation channel makes water flow where it is wanted. If our acts are constantly inspired by the desire to relieve others from suffering, in the end this desire will be fulfilled. But if we ignore this a great deal and instead limit ourselves to achieving a long, comfortable and prosperous life, we may well get it -but certainly nothing more.”
– Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche –
- Om Mani Padme Hum (reflectionofabuddhistmonk.com)
”When sunlight falls on a crystal, lights of all colors of the rainbow appear; yet they have no substance that you can grasp. Likewise, all thoughts in their infinite variety -devotion, compassion, harmfulness, desire – are utterly without a substance. This is the mind of the Buddha.” ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Treat your anger with the utmost respect and tenderness, for it is no other than yourself. Do not suppress it—simply be aware of it. Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed. When you are aware that you are angry, your anger is transformed. If you destroy anger, you destroy the Buddha, for Buddha and Mara are of the same essence. Mindfully dealing with anger is like taking the hand of a little brother.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
A blogger friend of mine, CM…wrote about ‘Our Voices –and Speaking the Truth to Power’ today.
After reading her post, my words will probably make more sense. At least I hope they do.
My comment was – ‘Many pov. And each has a slice of ‘truth’ . Sometimes an aspect of truth gets lost in the torrent of ‘outraged’ voices.’
Just because you are outraged does not make the words/action/object true. My point of view…does not mean you have the same point of view. My aspect of truth does not negate your aspect of truth. Nor should your aspect of truth override mine because your are ‘outraged’ or louder than me.
It is easy to get caught up in the rush and emotional roller coaster of the many voices.
Right Speech (one of the Noble Eightfold Path) “In every case, if it is not true, beneficial and timely, one is not to say it.”
Thanks CM for the spark of this post. Enjoy and Be well all.
When people genuinely meet the dharma, they realize it directly within themselves. So the Buddha said that he is merely the one who shows the way. In teaching us, he is not accomplishing the way for us. It is not so easy as that. It’s like someone who sells us a plow to till the fields. He isn’t going to do the plowing for us. We have to do that ourselves.
-Ajahn Chah, “Meeting the Dharma Alone”
I really like this quote. We are responsible for ourselves. Which means we are not victims of someone unless we choose to be. ~ Debra