If we are practicing meditation and there is no change in our life, there is something wrong with our practice system.
If we are practicing Dharma and thinking for this life, we are not Dharma practitioner at all.
If we are helping others with a motivation of benefiting only oneself, we are not practicing Bodhicitta at all.
If we are changing for better by doing dharma practice, we are on right path.
~ Gala Rinpoche
The way we define and delimit the self is arbitrary. We can place it between our ears and have it looking out from our eyes, or we can widen it to include the air we breathe, or at other moments we can cast its boundaries farther to include the oxygen-giving trees and plankton, our external lungs, and beyond them the web of life in which they are sustained. ~ Joanna Macy, “Positive Disintegration”
Implicit in Buddhist compassion is a genuine awareness and deep acceptance of things as they truly are, painful as that may be. From this soil of clarity and connection, compassion is said to arise of itself. ~ Allan Hunt Badiner, “Is the Buddha Winking at Extinction?”
Whatever realization may come by way of silence, our happiness is never won that way. Happiness is not happiness unless it is shared. For happiness is the one thing in all the world that comes to us only at the moment we give it, and is likewise increased by being given away. ~ Clark Strand, “The Wisdom of Frogs.”
Surya Das (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We are all going to suffer our losses. How we deal with these losses is what makes all the difference. For it is not what happens to us that determines our character, our experience, our karma, and our destiny, but how we relate to what happens. ~ Lama Surya Das, “Practicing With Loss”