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Quote: Buddha Nature July 29, 2013

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The man whose mind is rounded out to perfection
Knows full well
Truth is not cut in half
And things do not exist apart from the mind

In the great assembly of the Lotus all are present
Without divisions
Grass, trees, the soil on which these grow
All have the same kinds of atoms
Some are barely in motion
While others make haste along the path, but they will all, in time
Reach The Precious Island of Nirvana
Who can really maintain
That things inanimate lack buddhahood?

– Chan-Jan

Quote: Earth as Mother July 19, 2013

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You emerged from the earth like a child but have broken somewhat free of your mother. You will always remain connected, however, and in the end your body will inevitably return home.

– Wes Nisker, in Buddha’s Nature

Quote: Meditate in the Forest July 12, 2013

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“Now I have given you the teaching, there are the trees, there are the roots of the trees. Go meditate there, seek solace in the forest, lest you regret it later.”

– Buddha

Quote: The Cosmos Offers Us Love July 5, 2013

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“Our bodies and minds are sustained by the cosmos. The clouds in the sky nourish us; The light of the sun nourishes us. The cosmos offers us vitality and love in every moment.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power

Quote: We Are Bleeding At the Roots June 28, 2013

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“Oh, what a catastrophe, the maiming of love when it was made a personal, merely personal feeling, taken away from the rising and the setting of the sun, and cut off from the magic connection of the solstice and equinox! This is what is the matter with us, we are bleeding at the roots, because we are cut off from the Earth and sun and stars, and love is a grinning mockery, because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the tree of Life, and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilised vase on the table.”

– D.H. Lawrence, Phoenix II (as quoted in Buddha’s Nature by Wes Nisker)

Quote: Seeing Nature, Seeing Dharma June 14, 2013

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“Dharma is nature. If one sees Nature, one sees Dharma; if one sees Dharma, one sees Nature. Seeing Nature, one knows the Dharma.”

– Venerable Ajahn Chah

Quote: Dharma is Nature June 9, 2013

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“Dharma, the Buddhist word for truth and the teachings, is also the word for nature. That is because they are the same. Nature is the manifestation of the truth and of the teachings. When we destroy nature we destroy the truth and the teachings. When we protect nature, we protect the truth and the teachings”


– Ajahn Pongsak, Thai Forest monk and engaged Buddhist

Quote: Noticing Your Life May 24, 2013

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“What you begin to see is that the place where you thought your life occurred–the cave of ruminaton and memory, the cauldron of anxiety and fear–isn’t where your life takes place at all. Those mental recesses are where pain occurs, but life occurs elsewhere, in a place we are usually too preoccupied to notice, too distracted to see:

Right in front of your eyes.

Lift your arms up to eye level, wiggle your fingers and see for yourself. That’s where your life is, that’s where your life always has been, in front of you.”

– Karen Maezen Miller, Hand Wash Cold

Quote: Nothing To Do May 17, 2013

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“Have confidence in the wonderful function that is present in your mind and then you will see that there is nothing to do.”

– Zen Master Linchi, in Thich Nhat Hanh, Nothing To Do, Nowhere To Go: Waking Up To Who You Are

Quote: Barriers to Love May 10, 2013

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

– Rumi, Sufi poet and mystic