Saturday, February 4, 2012

Perhaps I misunderstand a major world religion by saying this, but I'm finding that the power and beauty of Buddhism is not in its central tenet of being detached from the world and thus free but in its non-reaction to the world as it transpires around it. It is in the detachment of those parts of ourselves that react—not from those that feel or think.
"Well-makers lead the water (wherever they like); fletchers bend the arrow; carpenters shape the log of wood; wise people fashion themselves." Buddhism; Dhammapada, verse 80.

Friday, February 3, 2012

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.” – Taoism; Lao Tzu (Founder of Taoism).
"Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
   and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city." ESV  ~ Judaism & Christianity; Proverbs 16:32