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truth…

“…the only thing that keeps you from finding truth is your conviction that you have already found it.”

                                                Thich Nhat Hanh

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When the rich wage war

When the rich wage war
it is the poor who die.

                                          Jean-Paul Sartre

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the wide sea

Into fog, through the fog
We rowed. Then:
The wide sea – so blue, so bright!

                                               Masaoka Shiki

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listening

“Listening is a difficult and sometimes tedious art. It is so much easier to tell people what to do. But to capture their desires, with an open and free heart, requires a real conversion, a “metanoia”, a change of attitude. To listen to someone means to become open and vulnerable to him/her and to allow them to disturb us, to change our habits and our ways of thinking and seeing things.”

                            Jean Vanier   — Letters of L’Arche

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emptiness

A professor, who was looking for wisdom, went to see a wise man named Nan-in.
 During their meeting, Nan-in was pouring tea and continued to pour and pour
 even though the professor’s cup was overflowing.
  The professor cried. “Enough! No more will go in!”
  Nan-in replied “Like this cup you are full of your own opinions and ideas.
 How can you find wisdom unless you first empty your cup?”

                              a Zen story

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a child……

    You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born,
 but also that you become a child.

                                                          Dogen

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“If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?

And if I am only for myself, then what am I?

 And if not now, when?”

                                                    Rabbi  Hillel

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