donderdag 30 april 2009

Koninginnedag

"A speeding car hurtled towards an open top bus carrying the Queen of the Netherlands today before smashing into a crowd and killing five people who were watching the royal parade."

-- Times Online

woensdag 29 april 2009

The mind is not free

The mind is addicted to its thoughts and feelings.

dinsdag 28 april 2009

Craving produces fear and fear increases dependence

Craving: grasping, clinging, wanting, needing, thirsting, attaching, depending, etc.

maandag 27 april 2009

zondag 26 april 2009

Knowing and understanding oneself

takes away ignorance and sorrow thru right thinking.

To control or suppress fear does not overcome it

One must discover its cause or source.

donderdag 23 april 2009

woensdag 22 april 2009

Actually

you are related to the other person's image, or to the experience you both had, or to the pain, or the hurt, or the pleasure.

dinsdag 21 april 2009

Thoughts

I tried to meditate in the evening. But I just kept laughing all the time. It must be the energy.

zondag 19 april 2009

Freedom

The ending of attachment is the ending of sorrow.

zaterdag 18 april 2009

Mystery

There remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.

-- Albert Einstein

Don't apologize for being yourself

Except when you hurt another.

Everyday I wake up to realize that I've done things in the past that were harmful and hurtful to others and to myself. And I'm trying to make up for my mistakes.

vrijdag 17 april 2009

Some definitions

Love is wishing others to be happy.

Compassion is wishing others to be free from suffering.

Attachment is neediness, dependence, or addiction.

Thoughts breed fear and sorrow

donderdag 16 april 2009

You don't have to go to Asia to meditate

You can meditate anywhere.

woensdag 15 april 2009

Where there is attachment there is fear

Where there is fear there is sorrow.

On attachment

"I have killed all of you before.
I was chopped up by all of you in previous lives.
We have all killed each other as enemies.
So why should we be attached to each other?"

-- The Buddha

dinsdag 14 april 2009

Love and suffering

Unless we find out what love is not and what it is, we will suffer desperately.

maandag 13 april 2009

zondag 12 april 2009

We say too many things

we don't really mean. And we hurt ourselves.

Love is not flattery, attraction, attachment, and mutual exploitation

vrijdag 10 april 2009

Love is space

Love is probably the space where the thoughts interact. When the thoughts are loud, the love is passive. When the thoughts become silent, that's when love becomes active.

donderdag 9 april 2009

People aren't looking for love

They are looking for pleasure.

woensdag 8 april 2009

dinsdag 7 april 2009

Thoughts are not love

Because thoughts are often false, wrong, nonsensical, confused, selfish, and self-centered. Love is real and true. Love is there when there is no vanity, fear, hatred, envy, suspicion, distrust, jealousy, anger, violence, etc.

zondag 5 april 2009

To die to the past is to live in the present

Don't dissipate your energy thinking about the past.

zaterdag 4 april 2009

Love doesn't give a damn

what you think about love. It is simply there.

vrijdag 3 april 2009

Are thoughts love?

Thoughts are not real. But they hurt. Love is real. And love does not suffer.

donderdag 2 april 2009

How can I be sure?

The mind is always seeking certainty.