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    The Eight Winds Paid Member

    Worthy persons deserve to be called so because they are not carried away by the eight winds: prosperity, decline, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering, and pleasure. They are neither elated by prosperity nor grieved by decline. The heavenly gods will surely protect one who is unbending before the eight winds. But if you nurse an unreasonable grudge against your lord, they will not protect you, not for all your prayers. –Nichiren Daishonin More »
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    The Great Compassion Paid Member

    My eyes being hindered by blind passions,I cannot perceive the light that grasps me;Yet the great compassion, without tiring,Illumines me always. Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, The Collected Works of Shinran, Vol. 1.     More »
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    Hearing Silence Paid Member

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    First Thought, Worst Thought Paid Member

    A student once asked me whether wisdom was the same as intuition. I thought for a minute and said, “No. I was absolutely certain that my first husband was my soul mate, my destiny. Boy, was I wrong!” Most of us can think of an instance in which we were completely sure of something and turned out to be mistaken, sometimes spectacularly so. Some of the things we “know without thinking about” are prejudices or unexamined views or preferences. More »
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    Drunk on Dhamma Paid Member

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    The Ultimate Bliss Paid Member

    Blissful is solitudefor one who’s content,     who has heard the Dhamma,     who sees.Blissful is non-afflictionwith regard for the world,     restraint for living beings.Blissful is dispassionwith regard for the world,     the overcoming of sensuality.But the subduing of the conceit “I am”—     That is truly     the ultimate bliss. Muccalinda Sutta, Ud 2.1., trans. Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Illustration by Roberto La Forgia More »