I used to have a sign pinned up on my wall that read: Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us…It was all about letting go of everything.
 Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (via purplebuddhaproject)

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In inviting sentient beings as guests, the bodhisattva, the practitioner in the mahayana, has a constant sense of the impermanence of the relationship — the guest is going to leave. So we view this as an opportune time, and there is constant appreciation. Our guests come. We entertain them and relate with them. Afterward, the guests thank us, we say good-bye, and we go back to running our home. There is a sense of the preciousness and the impermanence of the relationship, a sense of that relationship being extremely special. Our guest may be our husband, our wife, or our child — everybody is the guest of everybody. ~Chögyam Trungpa
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We have limited time in our life, therefore we should try to teach ourselves, not to teach others. We should conquer ourselves, rather than conquer others. Whether coming or going, standing, sitting or lying down, our mind should be focused in this way. If we practise like this and develop mindfulness continuously, wisdom arises quickly and this is a fast way of practice. _Ajahn Chah
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When it comes to understanding how our universe evolves, religion and theology have been, at best, irrelevant.
Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist (via whats-out-there)

At worst: antagonistic.

(via divineirony)

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Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is.
Alan Watts (via beherenowandzen)

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Steven Pinker at the World Science Festival, 5/29/14

Steven Pinker at the World Science Festival, 5/29/14

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The true source of all fear ~ 17th Karmapahttp://bit.ly/1rWmHUl

The true source of fear is this: the clinging to self, to identity. Because I see self as something separate, something whole, something that is solid and independent, therefore, I fear losing that independent self; I fear being sick, I fear something bad happening to “me”. This is the true source of all fear.

17th Karmapa

source: http://bit.ly/1fZODj3

justdharmaquotes:

The true source of all fear ~ 17th Karmapa
http://bit.ly/1rWmHUl

The true source of fear is this: the clinging to self, to identity. Because I see self as something separate, something whole, something that is solid and independent, therefore, I fear losing that independent self; I fear being sick, I fear something bad happening to “me”. This is the true source of all fear.

17th Karmapa

source: http://bit.ly/1fZODj3

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