Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
—Mahatma Gandhi (via purplebuddhaproject)
Inspired after a week of hanging out with Italians and Spaniards
The fundamental philosophical principle of Buddhism is that all our suffering comes about as a result of an undisciplined mind, and this untamed mind itself comes about because of ignorance and negative emotions. For the Buddhist practitioner then, regardless of whether he or she follows the approach of the Fundamental Vehicle, Mahayana or Vajrayana, negative emotions are always the true enemy, a factor that has to be overcome and eliminated. And it is only by applying methods for training the mind that these negative emotions can be dispelled and eliminated. This is why in Buddhist writings and teachings we find such an extensive explanation of the mind and its different processes and functions. Since these negative emotions are states of mind, the method or technique for overcoming them must be developed from within. There is no alternative. They cannot be removed by some external technique, like a surgical operation.
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (via purplebuddhaproject)
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
—Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (via scribnerbooks)
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Don’t pick at scabs."
"What scab have you picked at the most?"
strictly and uncompromisingly just; showing stern and inflexible judgment; being completely fair and incorruptible.
Etymology: derived from Rhadamanthus, a son of Zeus and Europa who, in reward for his exemplary sense of justice, was made a judge of the underworld after his death.