This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
A friend pointed me to this. What is the most important of our brief? Matthew 22:36-40
â€œTeacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?â€ He said to him, â€œYou shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.â€
â€œTeacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?â€ Jesus answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, â€œLove others as much as you love yourself.â€ All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments.
â€œTeacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?â€ He replied, â€œYou must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.â€
â€œTeacher,â€ he asked, â€œwhich is the most important commandment in the Law?â€ Jesus replied, â€œâ€˜Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind.â€™ (Deuteronomy 6:5) This is the first and most important commandment. And the second is like it. â€˜Love your neighbor as you love yourself.â€™ (Leviticus 19:18) Everything that is written in the Law and the Prophets is based on these two commandments.â€
I have a copy of Dr. Nagai Takashi’s carigraphy of â€œLove others as much as you love yourselfâ€ hanged near my desk at home. å¦‚å·±æ„›äºº.
As many people I know, I don’t agree with church on a lot of issues. We also talked about being cafeteria catholicism. And difference between Catholic with capital-C and catholic with lowercase-c (which means “Including or concerning all humankind; universal”).
When I have my doubts, I need to remember Matthew 22:36-40.
Apple’s Steve Jobs died yesterday at age 56. Too young. Twitter went crazy about the news, and found this Stanford commencement speech, which had a lot of things I wanted to jot down, so here they are. The transcript was found on on Stanford’s website.
…Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something â€” your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma â€” which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Fascinating. One of my favorite blog 8Asian’s Koji Steven had a interesting write up titled “Was Jesus Asian?” And while he concludes that he probably wasn’t Asian (he was probably more like Arab people, which is also interesting) the links to images of Asian christianity art are really fascinating. I was baptized in my late 20’s as a Catholic. Images like this blog here.
Quit, don’t quit?
Noodles, don’t noodles?
You are too concerned about what was and what will be.
There is a saying:
Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery.
But today is a gift.
That is why it is called the “present.”