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    These are going to be mostly exerps from the Dalai Lama's book "A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night"

    May some find food for thought and or inspiration!

    Abandon evildoing;
    Practice virtue well;
    Subdue your mind:
    This is the Buddha's teaching.
    Like a star, an optical illusion, or a flame,
    A magical illusion, a dewdrop, or a bubble,
    Like a dream, a flash of lightning, or a cloud—
    So should one consider all compounded things.

    By this merit may we attain omniscience
    And overcome our enemy, our harmful deeds,
    And may beings, buffeted by the waves of birth, old age,
    sickness, and death,
    Be liberated from the ocean of suffering existence.

    Do not rely on individuals, rely on the teachings.
    Do not rely on the words, rely on the meaning.
    Do not rely on the adapted meaning, rely on the ultimate
    meaning.
    Do not rely on intellectual knowledge, rely on innate wisdom.
     
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    I like it.
    My favorite weather (I'm not stupid I know the poem wasn't about the weather =) poem:
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    [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]"I[/FONT][FONT=&quot]T[/FONT][FONT=&quot] struck me every day[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] The lightning was as new[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]As if the cloud that instant slit[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] And let the fire through.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]It burned me in the night,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] It blistered in my dream;[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]It sickened fresh upon my sight[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] With every morning’s beam.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]I thought that storm was brief,—[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] The maddest, quickest by;[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]But Nature lost the date of this,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] And left it in the sky."[/FONT]
    ~ Emily Dickenson

     
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    Ahhh, very nice Poetry Girl.

    I love thunderstorms, and I've written a few about lightning myself...

    I love you more and more my darling
    There's nothin' more that I can say
    With every dawn I see you smiling
    With every night you make my day

    The Lightning strikes
    so very close now
    To my heart, dear,
    Though you're many miles away

    Thunder quakes my very soul, dear
    And Rainbows tell me that it's right
    And the hurricanes,
    Their sweet winds do blow now

    But it's my love for you, sweet honey
    That simply blows my heart away...


    - This was actually when we were threatened by a Hurricane.
     
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    The book is mostly the Dalai Lama's reflections and comments on verses by Shantideva who was an 8th century Buddhist scholar/philosopher and writer.

     
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    verryy niiiice bro!!! :m107:
    thanks!! <3
     
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    YAY!! I am so happy if even one person enjoys this.

    Which he follows with this offering:

    Then this little explanation

    "The infinite variety of beings and universes
    Has been created by the mind."


    The Dalai Lama expounds on the explanation thusly:

     
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    These ones really speak to me.
     
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    said The Buddha, like a lantern in the dark.
     
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    love this thread bro!
    Keep it up man!!

    ( Glad to see you posting again to :) )

    "[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]What we think, we become." ~Buddha[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]

    :m032: n Bless
    Andy
     
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    May many gracious welcomes garland the doors of your perceptions.

     
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    They stood out to me too.
     
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    As it is said in the Treatise on Logic:
    If the principal point is reliable,
    The rest is secondary.

    And the Buddha himself said:
    O monks, just like examining gold in order to know its quality,
    You should put my words to the test.
    A wise person does not accept them merely out of respect.
     
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