"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." (Buddha)

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same." (Jesus - Luke 6:32-33)

"Practice being content your world will become worry free." (Still Thoughts-Jing Si Aphorism)

"Life is impermanent. It exists in the space of a breath. Life ends when the breathing stops. We must cherish every moment." (Still Thoughts-Jing Si Aphorism)

"Bodhisattvas are not idol made of wood. Real Bodhisattvas are people who eat, talk, work, and relieve suffering in times of need." (Still Thoughts-Jing Si Aphorism)

"Beware of your thoughts as they become your words. Beware of your words as they become your actions. Beware of your actions as they become your habits. Beware of your habits as they become your fate." (Zen)

"He who knows the precepts by heart, but fails to practice them, is like one who lights a lamp, and then shuts his eyes." (Nagarjuna)

"If we can not love the person whom we see, how can we love God, whom we can not see ?" (Mother Teresa)

What Is The Best Religion ?  

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The Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is a great spiritual and Buddhist leader. He is the author of many spiritual books. Dr.Leonardo Boff, a Brazilian theologist, is one of the renovators of the Theology of Freedom. In a round table discussion about religion and freedom in which Dalai Lama and Dr.Leonardo Boff were participating, at recess, Boff maliciously, and also with interest, asked Dalai Lama.

Below is the dialogue between The Dalai Lama dan Brazilian theologist, Dr. Leonardo Boff as written by Dr. Leonardo Boff.

"Your Holiness, what is the best religion ?"
(I thought he would say, "The Tibetan Buddhism" or "The oriental religions, much older than Christianity")

The Dalai Lama paused, smiled and looked me in the eyes...which surprised me because I knew of the malice contained in my question.

He answered, "The best religion is the one that gets you closest to God. It is the one that makes you a better person". To get out of my embarrassment with such a wise answer, I asked, "What is it that makes me better ?"

He responded,
"Whatever makes you more compassionate,
More sensible,
More detached,
More loving,
More humanitarian,
More responsible,
More ethical."
The religion that will do that for you is the best religion"

I was silent for a moment, marveling and even today thinking of his wise and irrefutable response. "I am not interested my friend, about your religion or if you are religious or not. What really is important to me is your behavior in front of your peers, family, work, community, and in front of the world".

"Remember, the universe is the echo of our actions and our thoughts".

"The law of action and reactions is not exclusively for physics. It is also of human relations. If I act with goodness, I will receive goodness. If I act with evil I will get evil."

"What our grandparents told us is pure truth. You will always have what your desire for others. Being happy is not a matter of destiny. It is a matter of options."

Finally he said,
"Take care of your Thoughts because they become Words.
Take care of your Words because they will become Actions.
Take care of your Actions because they will become Habits.
Take care of your Habits because they will form your Character.
Take care of your Character because it will form your Destiny, and your Destiny will be your Life...and...There is no religion higher than the Truth."


The Story Of Two Brothers : The Meaning Of Brotherhood  

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Once there were two brothers who inherited their father's land. The brothers divided the land in half and each one farmed his own section. Over time, the older brother married and had six children, while the younger brother never married.

One night, the younger brother lay awake. "It's not fair that each of us has half the land to farm," he thought. "My brother has six children to feed and I have none. He should have more grain than I do."

So that night the younger brother went to his silo, gathered a large bundle of wheat, and climbed the hill that separated the two farms and over to his brother's farm. Leaving the wheat in his brother's silo, the younger brother returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

Earlier that very same night, the older brother was also lying awake. "It's not fair that each of us has half the land to farm," he thought. "In my old age my wife and I will have our grown children to take care of us, not to mention grandchildren, while my brother will probably have none. He should at least sell more grain from the fields now so he can provide for himself with dignity in his old age."

So that night, too, he secretly gathered a large bundle of wheat, climbed the hill, left it in his brother's silo, and returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

The next morning, the younger brother was surprised to see the amount of grain in his barn unchanged. "I must not have taken as much wheat as I thought," he said, bemused. "Tonight I'll be sure to take more."

That very same moment, his older brother was also standing in his barn, musing much the same thoughts.

After night fell, each brother gathered a greater amount of wheat from his barn and in the dark, secretly delivered it to his brother's barn. The next morning, the brothers were again puzzled and perplexed. "How can I be mistaken ?" each one scratched his head. "There's the same amount of grain here as there was before I cleared the pile for my brother. This is impossible ! Tonight I'll make no mistake - I'll take the pile down to the very floor. That way I'll be sure the grain gets delivered to my brother."

The third night, more determined than ever, each brother gathered a large pile of wheat from his barn, loaded it onto a cart, and slowly pulled his haul through the fields and up the hill to his brother's barn. At the top of the hill, under the shadow of a moon, each brother noticed a figure in the distance. Who could it be?

When the two brothers recognized the form of the other brother and the load he was pulling behind, they realized what had happened. Without a word, they dropped the ropes to their carts and embraced.


Jing Si Aphorism - Inspirational Wisdom by Dharma Master Chen Yen  

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Know your blessings,
cherish them and sow more blessings.

The ocean can be filled,
yet the tiny mouth
of a human being
can never be filled.

The fist step on a path of Buddhism
is to lessen our desires and be satisfied
with what we have.
Then our mind will relax and we will begin
to gain wisdom.

When we treat others
with loving-kindness,
we will not stir up ill feelings,
and we will able to
form good relationships with others.

Bodhisattvas are not
idol made of wood;
real Bodhisattvas are people
who eat, talk, work,
and relieve suffering
in times of need.


An Inspirational Story About Two Frogs  

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Once upon a time, there were two frogs live together in a lake. In a summer, the heat of the sun had dried all the water in the lake.

The frog said to his friend, "We can not stay here much longer without water."

"The birds look for the forest to live in, while we frogs look for the water to live in." After walking long enough, they found a well.

"See ! Right in front of us, there is a well !", the frog said happily to his friend.

"Hmmm...", his friend replied.

"Let's jump into the well. This is a nice place to stay and for the food", the frog said to his friend again.

"Yes, yes ! It will be nice if we jump into the well now, but the problem is ... how can we get out again then ?", replied his friend.

We need to consider the consequences of our decisions. Sometimes, an interesting opportunity may be just like the water in the well...it's easy to jump in, but it will be impossible to climb out !

"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit drains one's strength." (Proverbs 17:22 - International Standard Version)

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion." (Abraham Lincoln)

"If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they had never tried a new thing in their life." (Albert Einstein)

"I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered there are 1000 ways that can cause failure." (Thomas A Edison)

"If you born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake." (Bill Gates)

"No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like." (Napoleon Hill)

"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." (Anita Roddick)

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