B4Peace September – No Strangers Only Friends

The Peace Challenge for September is:

post a quotation that will bring peace to the world.

The Dalai Lama says:

There are no strangers – only friends you haven’t met yet.

He himself lives this truth and everyone he meets confirms that it feels like they are meeting an old friend. Each of us can follow his example and bring peace to the world everywhere we go.

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Living As Buddha


“Master Linji tells us … If we search for something outside ourselves, we will never find it. The things we are looking for aren’t in these places. This message appears frequently in Master Linji’s teachings, but it is especially clear here. If we search for something outside ourselves, we will never find it. We have, within us, all the seeds of Buddhahood. The Buddha and the masters don’t belong to the past, the future, or another place. They are here with us in the present moment.
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Good Reading to Start (or End) Your Day

The following are


Here is Dan’s website: peacefulwarrior.com

This collection was originally posted on propelsteps.wordpress.com

“The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”

“There are no ordinary moments.”
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The Wisdom of Winnie-The-Pooh with Piglet

This came into my Facebook today. It says so much about our “word-life”, which has become an artificial space we move about in and rarely stop to let all the words and ideas about things just settle to rest. Then we can feel so much, starting with physical things like our breath and the light around us or sounds nearby. Pooh Bear once again catches us by surprise with his response to Piglet’s question – a response worthy of the master in the art of simply living that he is.

(Thanks to Yoga Shivoham for this.)

piglet and pooh love

The Moon and Venus Dancing

Last evening there was a velvety-silken, warm, very light breeze and a stillness that I felt I could scoop up with a big spoon and spread on my bread.

In the twilight (9 pm PST) the Crescent Moon and Venus were shining in the western sky above the last subtle hues of the sunset. I took some shots with my hand-held little camera and these are the results:

Moon and Venus Dancing

At the bottom are street lights and car lights. Click on an image to enlarge.

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Understand Myself as a Key to Awakening

Dear Friends,
Some of you may remember this post from the beginning of the year, however many new readers have joined Heartflow since then. One dear friend, Eleanor, mentioned how much she appreciates this post and that moved me to re-read it myself and to post it today again.


When I can understand myself I have the key that will help me to understand the world. To understand myself I enter into an exploration of what it is that I understand unconditionally and unequivocally. I also want to be clear about what I mean when I say that I understand.
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All Phenomena Are Without Substance

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Sometimes a post takes on the quality of a report to myself on where I am in my deeper understanding of things and in my daily practice. This post is like that.

“All Phenomena Are Without Substance”

This could be the Nobel Prize-winning discovery in quantum physics, but as of yet they still have the view that there is 0.999999 % substance at the core of matter. The Zen Buddhist’s of the past, such as Master Linji (China around the year 850) is on record for stating the following:

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