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Wisdom Bite #11: Confucious Says

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #11:  Confucious Says by Mark Ament 6 April 2010

I was reading a post earlier today on a raw food blog about someone who is discovering that being a raw food radical doesn’t really fit their personality anymore.  I was reminded of this wonderful old saying from Confucious: “The noble–minded are all-encompassing, not stuck in doctrines. Little people are stuck in doctrines“. (Analects 2.14) […]

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Wisdom Bite #10 – The Peace of God

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #10 – The Peace of God by Mark Ament 26 February 2010

One of the most interesting books that I’ve ever come across (and I’ve read a lot of books) is called A Course in Miracles. As a frequenter of the ‘World Religions’ and ‘Spirituality’ sections of book stores and libraries, I’d seen the book many times and even tried to read parts of it.  The wording […]

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Wisdom Bite #9: A Cup of Tea and An Empty Mind

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #9:  A Cup of Tea and An Empty Mind by Mark Ament 1 February 2010

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!” “Like this […]

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Wisdom Bite #8: Committment

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #8: Committment by Mark Ament 18 January 2010

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffective concerning all acts of intuition (and creation). There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that […]

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Wisdom Bite #7: General Douglas McArthur on War

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #7: General Douglas McArthur on War by Baba M 28 December 2009

The following quote comes from a great reading book by Peace Pilgrim called “Peace Pilgrim.” From 1953-1981 she walked over 25,000 miles spreading her message of world, group and individual inner peace. The book contains highlights from her biography, including meetings with remarkable people. “I have known war as few men now living know it. […]

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Widom Bite #6: Ricochet The Surfing Dog

Thumbnail image for Widom Bite #6: Ricochet The Surfing Dog by Mark Ament 20 December 2009

Today I received  a very  inspiring video about a young dog named Ricochet.    After watching it, I knew that I had to share it with you.    There’s some simple, but powerful wisdom  in Ricochet’s story.    In part it’s about allowing yourself to  focus on what you love to do instead of what […]

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Wisdom Bite #5: Drops Of Dew, Lightning, Dreams…

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #5: Drops Of Dew, Lightning, Dreams… by Mark Ament 15 December 2009

“Think in this way of all this fleeting world: As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream; a drop of dew, a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.” —The Diamond Sutra

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Wisdom Bite #4 – A Love Poem From Hafiz

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #4 – A Love Poem From Hafiz by Baba M 7 December 2009

The Sun Never Says. Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth “You Owe Me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. –Hafiz, Persian Poet 14th C.

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Wisdom Bite #3 B.K.S. Iyengar On Beauty

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #3 B.K.S. Iyengar On Beauty by Mark Ament 30 November 2009

“The lotus grows in muddy waters, but this flower does not show any trace of it; so we have to live in the world” –B.K.S. Iyengar

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Wisdom Bite #2: We’ll See

Thumbnail image for Wisdom Bite #2: We’ll See by Baba M 23 November 2009

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “We’ll see,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild […]

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