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There is no greater gift than good health.
Take care of it.
Do not ask the world to change.
As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the colour and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.
Dwell not on the faults and shortcomings of others; instead, seek clarity about your own.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
But if you cannot find
Friend or master to go with you,
Travel on alone –
Like a king who has given away his kingdom,
Like an elephant in the forest.
It is said that soon after his enlightenment the Buddha passed a man on the road who was struck by the Buddha's extraordinary radiance and presence.
The man stopped and asked, "My friend, what are you? Are you a celestial being or a god?"
"No," said the Buddha.
"Well, then, are you some kind of magician or wizard?"
Again the Buddha answered, "No."
"Are you a man?"
"Well, my friend, then what are you?"
The Buddha replied, "I am awake."
Look to your own faults,
What you have done or left undone.
Overlook the faults of others.
Some children were playing beside a river. They made castles of sand, and each child defended his castle and said, "This one is mine."
They kept their castles separate and would not allow any mistakes about which was whose.
When the castles were finished, one child kicked over someone else's castle and completely destroyed it.
The owner of the castle flew into a rage, pulled the other child's hair, struck him with his fist and bawled out, "He has spoiled my castle! Come along all of you and help me to punish him as he deserves."
The others all came to his help.
They beat the child with a stick and then stamped on him as he lay on the ground...
Then they went on playing in their sand castles, each saying, "This is mine; no one else may have it. Keep away! Don't touch my castle!"
But evening came; it was
getting dark and they all thought they ought to be going home. No one now
cared what became of his castle. One child stamped on his, another pushed
his over with both hands. Then they turned away and went back, each to his
Anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
Every mistake carries an inherent lesson.
"This is my child, this is my wealth": such thoughts are the preoccupations of fools. If we are unable to own even ourselves, why make such claims?
Kindness should become the natural way of life,
not the exception.
Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.
The seeker who sets out upon the way
Shines bright over the world.
Sit quietly and listen to the voice of your mind.
Do you like the words it speaks?
Learn to let go and be free.
Shed your past like a snake sheds its skin.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
All beings tremble before violence.
All fear death.
All love life.
See yourself in others.
Then whom can you hurt?
What harm can you do?
He who seeks happiness
By hurting those who seek happiness
Will never find happiness.
For your brother is like you.
He wants to be happy.
Never harm him,
And when you leave this life
You too will find happiness.
The trouble is,
you think you have time.
13 July 1994
Last updated 19 December 2016