Resistance

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Although growing old and dying is inevitable, people still arrive at old age feeling betrayed by their bodies. The most ordinary aspects of life can be met with extraordinary resistance, and this resistance itself causes suffering. Once we stop denying the certainty of death, then we can take full advantage of the time that we have in this precious human form.”

Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Helen Tworkov

Prejudices and Proof

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It is never too late to give up our prejudices. No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.

Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

Cure for Noxious Work

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A man is fed, not that he may be fed, but that he may work.

To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone. The tradesman, the attorney comes out of the din and craft of the street, and sees the sky and the woods, and is a man again. In their eternal calm, he finds himself. The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Awareness

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Awareness: the ever-present knowing quality of mind, from which we are never separated for an instant. Even though normally we do not recognize awareness, we can no more live without it than we can live without breathing.”

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Resignation and Desperation

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

Steady Mind

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Calm abiding describes a mind that abides in its own steadiness, a mind that is not always being pushed and pulled by circumstances.

Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Helen Tworkov

Home is…

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People think of home as the place where they’re comfortable and everything’s okay.

The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

From the introduction:

To me, this book is sort of like a snakeskin. A snakeskin is something you might find on the side of the road and make something out of—a belt, say, or a hatband. The snake itself heads off doing more snake stuff—getting it on with lady snakes, eating rats, making more snakeskins, et cetera.

The Tyrant of Self

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Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

Misery and Provision

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The misery of man appears like childish petulance, when we explore the steady and prodigal provision that has been made for his support and delight on this green ball which floats him through the heavens.

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Clarity and Confusion

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Just as the sun shines whether obscured by clouds or not, clarity exists in the midst of confusion and suffering.”

Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Helen Tworkov