Some Favorite Quotes

Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

-- Rilke















The world in which you were born is just one model of reality.  Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.  

-- Wade Davis












   "No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted..."  --Aesop








   “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.  There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."   --Alan Cohen












"Compassion practice is daring.   It involves learning to relax and allowing ourselves to move gently toward what scares us.   The trick to doing this is to stay with emotional distress without tightening into aversion;  to let fear soften us rather than harden into resistance." -- Pema Chodrin









Einstein on Optical Illusion of Separateness


"A human being is a part of the whole called by us "the universe," a

part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts

and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical

illusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us,

restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons

nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by

widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all

living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

The Worlds Religions Share a Fundamental Perspective: