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Daily Wisdom for October 25

Fri, 10/25/2013 - 12:00 -- landerson

“The energy necessary to awaken constantly leaks away from us, morning till night. As we struggle to hold our lives together—trying to win, trying to please, trying to hide, trying to avoid discomfort—our energy is dissipated in mindless chatter, needless action, wanton daydreams. We rage, we lust, we fear. We gossip, complain, dramatize; we fidget, tense, strain; we fantasize and worry. Above all we try to plan for the unknowable. And all the while the very energy that could fuel our awakening leaks away, drop by drop.

Daily Wisdom for October 24

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:00 -- landerson

“Successful spiritual development entails finding a balance between intellectual understanding of each stage of meditation and actual meditative experience. Placing too much emphasis on either alone significantly decreases the likelihood of genuine progress.”—Daniel P. Brown, Pointing out the Great Way

Daily Wisdom for October 23

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 12:00 -- landerson

“There simply is nothing to which we can attach ourselves, no matter how hard we try. In time, things will change and the conditions that produced our current desires will be gone. Why then cling to them now?”—Master Hsing Yun, Describing the Indescribable

Daily Wisdom for October 21

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 12:00 -- landerson

“Sleep, wake, sleep, wake, until the sleeper wakes no more. Without attention, without the particular turnings of attention developed and practiced through meditative consciousness, forgotten dreams and too-soon forgotten days seem likely all there is: unawakened mind.”—Robert Langan, Minding What Matters

Daily Wisdom for October 17

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:00 -- landerson

“Experiences in a dream are not true, because after waking from sleep not even a trace of them having happened is apparent. They are also not false, because they were experienced during the dream.”—The Fifth Dalai Lama, Taking the Result as the Path