July 1

July, Thoughts…

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31. As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it. The Dalai Lama

30. You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you. Joseph Campbell

29. No man is free who cannot command himself. Pythagoras

28. In Buddhism there is no judgement; just, the world is so constructed that that we bring joy or trouble upon ourselves. David Brazier, Zen Therapy

27. Where there is pain, there is self; that is, when we feel mental pain as a consequence of someone else’s action, that is an opportunity to study our own conditioning. David Brazier, Zen Therapy

26. Some people think Zen is a matter of becoming emotionless and uptight. This is far from the case. David Brazier, Zen Therapy

25. To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle. The Dalai Lama

24. If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise. William Blake

23. To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school….it is to solve some of the problems of life, not theoretically, but practically. Henry David Thoreau (taken from Plato not Prozac, Lou Marinoff, Ph.D.

22. If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine. Morris West

21. I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent van Gogh

20. The clouded mind sees nothing. The movie “The Shadow”

19. It takes a whole day for a bowl of water to become still enough to reflect your face, but only one shake to make it so agitated that it reflects nothing. In the same way the human spirit is hard to clarify and easy to agitate. Lao Tzu

18. Sometime, somewhere you take something to be the truth. But if you cling to it too strongly, then even when the truth comes in person and knocks on your door, you will not open it. Buddha

17. The highest maxim, uninhibited truthfulness toward oneself as well as in the behavior toward everyone else is the only proof of a person’s consciousness of having character. Immanuel Kant

16. Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. John Wooden

I chose this quote today because yesterday, while out playing hockey with all of my kids and some friends, my youngest and my oldest son had this exchange:

7y/o: I am amazing!

20y/o: And so humble.

7y/o: I do not know the meaning of that word.

The funniest part is he both literally and figuratively does not know the meaning of the word, so he was being totally serious. Young people are generally incredibly honest. I wonder at what age the teaching of humility is recommended. I just feel the whole topic is very interesting: honesty versus humility, honest humility, humility as a social construct…

15. We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. Anaïs Nin

I read this last night, after an explanation of Kant’s theory of the phenomenal realm (the world as it appears to us) and the noumenal world (the world as it really is. The author (Lou Marinoff) suggested you look at a tree. Then look at it at night, on a rainy day and through infrared lenses. Then imagine what it looks like to someone who is colorblind, your pet, or a bat. Kant’s point is that we only see something in one way, and its true nature is every imaginable and perceivable way something can be seen, as well as all unperceivable ways. Everything is much more than what we see. This theory goes very well with quantum mechanics.

14. The samurai must maintain his faith in his beliefs, even as the social or political climate shifts and alters. He must be patient, must act in a manner that may at times seem irrational or illogical, must resist the temptations of instant gratification, and must work towards fulfilling what may seem to be an impossible idea.

As a result, the samurai is often something of an outsider, a rebellious figure because he refuses to conform to the habits of the day. Takahiro Kitamura Retrieved from http://www.internalkungfu.co.uk/Tao%20Zen%20Quotes.htm

13. Carpenters fashion wood, fletchers fashion arrows; the wise fashion themselves. Buddha

11. Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. Marcus Aurelius

10. If one searches for a promised land, a Treasure Island, then the search only leads to more pain. Chogyam Trungpa, The Myth of Freedom

9. Empty is the argument of the philosopher which does not relieve any human suffering. Epicurus

8. People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. Søren Kierkegaard

7. In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess. The Dalai Lama

5. The human condition: lost in thought. Eckhart Tolle

4. As long as we think we are the ego, we feel attached and fall into sorrow. The Mundaka Upanishad

3. If I only knew who in fact I am, I should cease to behave as I think I am; and if I stopped behaving as what I think I am, I should know who I am. Aldous Huxley, Island

I finished the book last night. It is an interesting read on utopian society using Eastern (predominately Buddhist) thought combined with communal and perhaps socialist thought. (As well as hallucinogen use to speed the process of enlightenment). You can read my full review here.

2. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. The Dalai Lama

1. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao-Tzu

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