Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Live In Joy

"Live in joy,
In love,
Even among those who hate.
Live in joy,
In health,
Even among the afflicted.
Live in joy,
In peace,
Even among the troubled.
Live in joy,
Without possessions.
Like the shining ones.
The winner sows hatred
Because the loser suffers.
Let go of winning and losing
And find joy.
There is no fire like passion,
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger,
And no joy like the joy of freedom.
Health, contentment and trust
Are your greatest possessions,
And freedom your greatest joy.
Look within.
Be still."
--The words of The Buddha Siddartha Gautama, from the Dhammapada

(Image: mossy statues of The Buddha in Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan--unknown source)

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