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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Nothing, Everything, Praise and Blame

We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.

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Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride.

-Sutta Nipata

James: This second quote reminds me of a refrain from the Desiradata poem:

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons then yourself.

-Peace to all beings-

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1 comment:

Claudio Faria said...

Hi, I'm from Brazil. Congratulations for your amazing blog. I'm Buddhist for almost 30 years, but still a beginner. I'm reading your texts from older to newest and I'm Realling enjoying. Well, this is just to say that this excerpt is from Kalu Rinpoche, one of the greatest 20th century's Buddhist master. Peace.

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