Keep your heart clean with peace.
Don’t get it dirty with greed.
It’s not too late to clean it.

–Kaila Spencer
(Age 8, Friends’ school, Colorado)
20150726_123154_Marquette Rd


Past and future are illusions.
They exist only in the present,
which is what there is
and all that there is.

–Alan Watts

In this age of change, newness is not what we best offer to the people of the next millennium. Our greatest gifts will be pieces of the past that we shepherd through boundless transition. These are moorings of stability amid constant tumult: durable old ideas, ancient cultures, bastions of wild nature.

The marvel and inspiration to our great-grandkids will not be the latest electronic thinker or space machine. It will be the wondrous products of the slow and the timeless–of evolution itself. Heritage and legacy, in their most basic natural forms, are in serious question. Let us find ways to steward the continuation of places where nature works well enough to produce clean streams, old trees, unique creatures and fierce predators int heir natural balance.

The value of such places will be  and must be the standard by which we are judged.

–Mitch Friedman
(Environmentalist, Northwest Ecosystem Alliance
Washington State)20150718_190300

I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do. We may waive just so much care of ourselves as we honestly bestow elsewhere. Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength. The incessant anxiety and strain of some is a well-nigh incurable form of disease. We are made to exaggerate the importance of what work we do; and yet how much is not done by us! or, what if we had been taken sick? How vigilant we are! determined not to live by faith if we can avoid it; all the day long on the alert, at night we unwillingly say our prayers and commit ourselves to uncertainties. So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant. Confucius said, “To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” When one man has reduced a fact of the imagination to be a fact to his understanding, I foresee that all men at length establish their lives on that basis.

–Thoreau (Walden)


“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.

If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden.

But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.”

Gautama Buddha


The Truth Of dukkha

This truth highlights the conditioning of the human mind and the failure to recognize that life keeps changing. All forms of life keep changing. However, our human mind is conditioned to cling on to the present. This noble truth talks about such life conditions as sickness, pain, frustration, unease, anxiety, and stress. It helps us understand the truth that life is full of suffering and once we accept the suffering rather than fight it, then we can live a happier life.


(Duukkha (Pāli; Sanskrit: duḥkha; Tibetan: སྡུག་བསྔལ་ sdug bsngal, pr. “duk-ngel”) is a Buddhist term commonly translated as “suffering”, “anxiety”, “stress”, or “unsatisfactoriness”)


The practice of religion involves
as a first principle a loving, compassionate heart for all creatures.




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