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Sunday, October 5, 2014

The greatest kindness we can show others is to not withdraw onto ourselves.... Any positive occurrences the world has ever seen have arisen out of people's good will and positive intention.

I appreciate my mind most when it’s open and engaged and responding to the world. This can be done without scepticism and doubt but with great respect.… 

Questioning makes us a vessel of learning.
When we question openly, our spiritual practice becomes a living experience, without dogma or fixed ideas

Often, spiritual people want to escape the intellect. In our tradition, we recognize that the intellect is a very powerful tool. 
We deeply honour the conceptual mind as a means to openly explore the unexamined assumptions that underlie our beliefs about our experience.

Compassion has to be the backdrop of all of it. We have to stay open with ourselves and everyone where they are. ... 
This seems to bring clarity and intelligence to our mind. 
“What serves,?” 
is a powerful question
“What’s right or wrong?” 
will always be impossible to answer considering there is no one to be the arbiter of those beliefs.

Renunciation is not a rejection of the richness of the world. Renunciation is giving up your fantasies and getting in touch with the fullness and poignancy of life.

Absurdity >>>>>> Believing in a god or deity that's gender specific and believing that this entity prefers a favourite political party, nation, race, religion, or sports team.
Jesus, Mohamed, Gandhi, Confucius, Martin Luther and Buddha are all gone and have left you holding the bag.

If you think about it, we live and move about in the state of boundary less at all times, so just by default we are bound to experience the truth of things here and there. 
And we need to recognize these blessings when they arise.

We’re so limited by our beliefs…
who we are, 
who someone else is. 

There is infinite evidence that life is bigger than the thoughts we have about it.

A teacher can point the way, and perhaps help you get there faster, but you have to do it yourself, it is up to you.

You are an integral part of the great interdependence of all things; therefore, what you do matters.