Why Does Suffering Exist?

“A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, “Why is there so much suffering?”

Suzuki Roshi replied, “No reason.”

~ Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of “ZEN Mind, Beginner’s Mind”

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Choose Less Turbulent Skies

“Always seek less turbulent skies.

Hurt. Fly above it.

Betrayal. Fly above it.

Anger. Fly above it.

You are the one who is flying the plane.”

~ Marianne Williamson

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A Simple Walk

“Take my hand. We will walk.

We will only walk.

We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Peace in a Cup

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently,

as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves –

slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Things We Shouldn’t Do …

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly,

but the bumble bee doesn’t know it

so it goes on flying anyway.”

~ Mary Kay Ash

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Which Universe Do You Choose?

“The most important decision we make is whether

we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”

~ Albert Einstein

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And They Flew

“Come to the edge.’

‘We can’t. We’re afraid.’

‘Come to the edge.’

‘We can’t. We will fall!’

‘Come to the edge.’

And they came.

And he pushed them.

And they flew.”

~ Guillaume Apollinaire

English: Flying bird at sunrise.
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Rumi About Unconditional Love

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,

“You owe me.”

Look what happens with love like that.

It lights up the sky.”

~ Rumi

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