Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Few Wisdoms To Ponder

Some Wisdoms from the Sages

Some posts back I promised a few entries on striking wisdoms I had picked up from various sites I subscribe to. In this wee post I’ll concentrate on Wisdom from the East.

The Buddhist tradition from the East can and does enrich the more Greco-Roman and Christian traditions of the West. It seems to me to be a very calm and calming tradition, one where the meditator or adherent is asked to observe, watch, become aware, pay attention, to become aware of his or her own consciousness of everything that makes up this world of the senses and indeed everything that makes up his or her conscious and even unconscious mind.

I’ll start with a Chinese proverb. Like all proverbs it belongs to the people from generations immemorial:

 Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
-Chinese Proverb

 Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

 Whether you believe in God or not does not matter so much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Your task, John, should you choose to accept it, is to ponder the above three quotations and take them into your heart. Then carry them with you out into the world and practice them in action when you meet your friends, your acquaintances and even your enemies.

At the top of this post I have pasted a picture I took in a beautiful little garden outside the town hall in Nicastro Lamezia Terme early July 2007.

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