“When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and non-being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other. Before and after follow each other. Therefore the Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. Things arise and she lets em’ come; things disappear and she lets em’ go. She has but doesn’t possess, acts but doesn’t expect. When her work’s done, she forgets it. That’s why it lasts forever.”—L. Tzu (via bodymindandsoul)
“Your religion assumes that people are children and need a boogeyman so they’ll behave. You want people to believe in God so they’ll obey the law. That’;s the only means that occurs to you: a strict secular police force, and the threat of punishment by an all-seeing God for whatever the police overlook. You sell human beings short.”—Carl Sagan, Contact (via thelittlesea)
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and…
“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”—Carl Sagan (via thelittlesea)
I don’t believe I have written anything myself on this page yet. I’ve posted a few pictures I’ve shot with my iPhone, reposted other’s pix, reposted quotes and, in general, just trolled around. I’m no writer, so don’t get your hopes up. I am someone who is seeking freedom from suffering. I like music, tattoos and art. I’m married and have 2 daughters. I’m lazy a lot yet I do accomplish a lot as well. I guess this is an introduction.
“Continue until you see yourself in the cruelest person on Earth, in the child starving, in the political prisoner. Practice until you recognize yourself in everyone in the supermarket, on the street corner, in a concentration camp, in a leaf, in a dewdrop. Meditate until you see yourself in a speck of dust in a distant galaxy. See and listen with the whole of your being. If you are fully present, the rain of Dharma will water the deepest seeds in your store consciousness, and tomorrow, while you are washing the dishes or looking at the blue sky, that seed will spring forth, and love and understanding will appear as a beautiful flower.”—Thich Nhat Hanh (via oceanofmind)
Buddhist believe if you have these three poisons, you will lead to a life of evil and suffering.
1) Greed (desire), is attraction to something we think will gratify us.
2) Anger, hatred, animosity, ill-will, aversion.
3) Ignorance (delusion), The first two poisons have ignorance as their root. Because we see ourselves as small, limited and needy, we pursue things we think will make us happy and hate things that cause us discomfort.