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  • Christopher shared from Healing Anger: The Power Of Patience From A Buddhist Perspective by The Dalai Lama
    it is not the way of the wise to give up something great for the purpose of a minor goal; rather it is the way of the wise to give up something minor for a higher purpose or goal. There is a Tibetan expression which says that one should be able to let go of one hundred so that one can get back one thousand.
    Note: Note to self
  • Christopher shared from Healing Anger: The Power Of Patience From A Buddhist Perspective by The Dalai Lama
    Since patience or tolerance comes from a certain ability to remain firm and steadfast, to not be overwhelmed by the adverse situations or conditions that one faces, one should not see tolerance or patience as a sign of weakness, but rather as a sign of strength coming from a deep ability to remain steadfast and firm. We can generally define patience or tolerance in these terms. We find that even in being able to tolerate a certain degree of physical hardship, like a hot or cold climate, our attitude makes a big difference. If we have the realization that tolerating immediate hardship can have...
    Note: Definitely not an American sentiment
  • Christopher shared from A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet) by Madeleine L'Engle
    It was a dark and stormy night.
    Note: she gets away with it!
  • Christopher shared from The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama
    In Buddhism, there is no recognition of the presence of something like the “soul” that is unique to humans. From the perspective of consciousness, the difference between humans and animals is a matter of degree and not of kind.
    Note: Another Buddhist concept I didn't know I agreed with.
  • Christopher shared from The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama
    Buddhism, by contrast, explains the evolution of the cosmos in terms of the principle of dependent origination, in that the origin and existence of everything has to be understood in terms of the complex network of interconnected causes and
    Note: Buddhists, the spiritual world's system administrators
  • Christopher shared from The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama
    At least in principle, this is true also in Buddhist thought, where it is said that to defy the authority of empirical evidence is to disqualify oneself as someone worthy of critical engagement in a dialogue.
    Note: Now if only thi standard of dialogue existed here...
  • Christopher shared from The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama
    at the subatomic level the very notion of reality cannot be divorced from the system of measurements used by an observer, and cannot therefore be said to be completely objective.
    Note: An interesting cross between philosophy and science. like the rest of the book heh
  • Christopher shared from The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama
    So one fundamental attitude shared by Buddhism and science is the commitment to keep searching for reality by empirical means and to be willing to discard accepted or long-held positions if our search finds that the truth is different.
    Note: Interesting parallel.
  • Christopher shared from The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama
    My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.
    Note: Spirituality and science don't have to be incompatible.
  • Christopher shared from The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama
    The great benefit of science is that it can contribute tremendously to the alleviation of suffering at the physical level, but it is only through the cultivation of the qualities of the human heart and the transformation of our attitudes that we can begin to address and overcome our mental suffering.
    Note: The Dalai Lama's got a very interesting perspective.