Beyond Good and Evil

217.  Let us be careful in dealing with those who attach great importance to being credited with moral tact and subtlety in moral discernment!  They never forgive us if they have once made a mistake before us (or even with regard to us) – they inevitably become our instinctive calumniators and detractors, even when they still remain our “friends.” – Blessed are the forgetful: for they “get the better” even of their blunders.

from Friedrich Nietzsche “Beyond Good and Evil (Translated by Helen Zimmern)”

Tea: The Drink That Changed the World

The tea ceremony also provides an opportunity to practice being in accord with nature and to feel a harmony with the seasons. A love of nature, the ancients believed, is the basis for awakening an appreciation of beauty and, therefore, of art.

from Laura Martin “Tea: The Drink That Changed the World”

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

As a SPECIES, we should never underestimate our low tolerance for discomfort.  To be encouraged to stay with our vulnerability is news that we can use.  Sitting meditation is our support for learning how to do this.  Sitting meditation, also knows as mindfulness-awareness practice, is the foundation of bodhichitta training.  It is the natural seat, the home ground of the warrior-bodhisattva.

from Pema Chödrön “The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times”

The Reader

I had no one to point at. Certainly not my parents, because I had nothing to accuse them of. The zeal for letting in the daylight, with which, as a member of the concentration camps seminar, I had condemned my father to shame, had passed, and it embarrassed me. But what other people in my social environment had done, and their guilt, were in any case a lot less bad than what Hanna had done. I had to point at Hanna. But the finger I pointed at her turned back to me. I had loved her. Not only had I loved her, I had chosen her. I tried to tell myself that I had known nothing of what she had done when I chose her. I tried to talk myself into the state of innocence in which children love their parents. But love of our parents is the only love for which we are not responsible.

from Bernhard Schlink “The Reader”

The Analects

15.32 The Master said, “The gentleman makes plans to realize the Way; he does not make plans to secure food. If you decide to till the field [and plant crops], there still will be times when you will go hungry. If you decide to devote yourself to learning, there will be times when you may receive an official stipend [for putting your knowledge to work]. The gentleman worries about the Way. He does not worry about being poor.

From Confucius “The Analects”