Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.

- Chuck Norris


Runners often make good meditators because they already understand the physical and mental endurance needed to succeed.

After you run, there's a sense of accomplishment; you feel like your live is meaningful. It's a moment of clarity.

We all need movement and a way to connect with the earth and sky and each other. What better way to do that than go out for a run?

- Sakyong Mipham


 

"Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, and eventually works out destiny."

"Simpler the body, simpler its spirit; more complicated the body, more complicated its spirit. 'Mind slumbers in the pebble, dreams in the plant, gathers energy in the animal, and awakens to self-conscious discovery in the soul of man.'"

Kaiten Nukariya: The Religion of the Samurai


"We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable."

Gautama Shakyamuni, The Buddha: The Dhammapada


"For it is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing,
but the fear of death and hardship."

Epictetus, Greek Phrygian Philosopher


"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts:
therefore, guard accordingly,
and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature."

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180AD)
Roman Emperor, Philosopher


"When a lute is played, there is no previous store of playing that it comes from. When the music stops, it does not go anywhere else. It came into existence by way of the structure of the lute and the playing of the performer. When the playing ceases, the music goes out of existence.

In the same way all the components of being, both material and nonmaterial, come into existence, play their part, and pass away.

That which we call a person is the bringing together of components and their actions with each other. It is impossible to find a permanent self there. And yet there is a paradox. For there is a path to follow and there is walking to be done, and yet there is no walker. There are actions but there is no actor. The air moves but there is no wind. The idea of a specific self is a mistake. Existence is clarity and emptiness."

-Visuddhi Magga

From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000.
Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.


Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

-Seneca


 

Kakuzo, Okakura (1956). The Book of Tea. Singapore: Tuttle Publishing.
p 6: "Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others. ..... He [the Westerner] was wont to regard Japan as barbarous while she indulged in the gentle arts of peace: he calls her civilised since she began to commit wholesale slaughter on Manchurian battlefields. Much comment has been givenly lately to the Code of Sammurai, -- the Art of Death which makes soldiers exhault ins self-sacrifice; but scarecely any attention has been drawn to Teasim, which represents so much of our Art of Life."
p 7: "Indian spirituality has been derided as ignorance, Chinese sobriety as stupidity, Japanese patriotism as the result of fatalism."
p 9: "Unfortunately the Western attitude is unfavorable to the understanding of the East. The Christian missionary goes to impart, but not to receive."
p 16: "The heaven of modern humanity is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power. The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought through a bad conscience, benevolence practised for sake of utility. The East and West, like two dragons tossed in a sea of ferment, in vain strive to regain the jewel of life."
p 20: "For life is an expression, our unconscious actions the constant betrayal of our innermost thought. Confucius said that 'man hideth not.' Perhaps we reveal ourselves too much in small things because we have so little of the great to conceal."
p 28: "To the Neo-Confucian mind the cosmic law was not reflected in the phenominal world, but the phenominal world was the cosmic law itself. Aeons wer but moments.....The Taoist conception that immortality lay in the eternal change permeated all their modes of thought. It was the process, not the deed, which was interesting.....Man came thus at once face to face with nature."
p 42: "The virility of an idea lies not less in its power of breaking through contemporary thought than in its capacity for dominating susequent movements."
p 44 "The art of life lies in constant readjustment to our surroundings. Taoism accepts the mundane as it is and, unlike the Confucians and the Buddhists, tries to find beauty in our world of woe and worry.....To keep the proportion of things and give place to others without losing one's own position was the secret of success in the mundane drama."
p 58 "The simplicity and purism of the tea-room resulted from emulation of Zen monastery."
p 81 "Engrossed in his technique, the modern rarely rises above himself."