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This is one long page of quotes, snippets and random bits of Dharma that I find in various sources. You will need to scroll down to see them all. They are all on this one page.

A Pledge for Grateful Living
by Bro. David Steindl-Rast O.S.B.

  • In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
    to overcome the illusion of ENTITLEMENT
    by reminding myself that everything is gift
    and, thus, to live GRATEFULLY.
  • In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
    to overcome my GREED,
    that confuses wants with needs,
    by trusting that enough for all our needs is given to us
    and to share GENEROUSLY
    what i so generously receive.
  • In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
    to overcome APATHY
    by waking up to the opportunities
    that a given moment offers me
    and so to respond CREATIVELY to every situation.

  • In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
    to overcome VIOLENCE
    by observing that fighting violence by violence
    leads to more violence and death
    and, thus, to foster life by acting NON-VIOLENTLY.
  • In thanksgiving to life, i pledge
    to overcome FEAR which is the root of all violence
    by looking at whatever i fear as an opportunity
    and, thus, COURAGEOUSLY to lay the foundation
    for a peaceful future. Offered at Thanksgiving Square, July 2008

Pema Chodron

Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.

Pema Chodron

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