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Lions Roar : September 2019
“Leave your front door and back door open. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just don’t serve them tea.” This quote by Shunryu Suzuki is a gentle and play- ful reminder that my thoughts—however bizarre, painful, mundane, or whatever— are natural and welcome, but I can open and let them go. The quote comes to me on and off when I’m meditating, usually when I am taking myself or rather my thoughts too seriously. The final line adds much needed levity! —Moka Case, Halifax, Nova Scotia “Real but not true.” When I read Jeremy Mohler’s “Real But Not True: How These Four Words Can Help with Strong Emotions” on lionsroar.com, I taped these words to my com- puter, bathroom mirror, and writing desk. Now I use this quote as a mantra every day. —Margaret Bergstein, Chino Valley, Arizona “Be curious.” This quote from a Pema Chödrön teaching helped me through so many things. It’s so helpful for putting things in perspective and some- times providing laughter! —Jo Virgil, Austin “No mud, no lotus.” This is a great quote attrib- uted to Thich Nhat Hanh that I am finding very helpful in all kinds of situations. To remind me, I wear a bracelet stamped with this quote. —Koriander, Asheville, North Carolina “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, your- self, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection.” —Michaelann Dahlman, Mission, British Columbia SHARE YOUR WISDOM What Buddhist quote have you put up in your home or office? How has your Buddhist community played a role in your life? Send your answer, location, and a photo to email@example.com “With our thoughts we make our world. The mind is central. It precedes our deeds. Speak and act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you like a shadow that never leaves.” This prayer from the Dalai Lama is part of my daily meditation practice. It’s a reminder of the central role that the mind plays in all our actions, whether we are cognizant of it or not. —Peter Sawchyn, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida “If we open our eyes, if we open our minds, if we open our hearts, we will find that this world is a magical place.” Years ago, I wrote this quote by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in calligraphic ink and put it into a photo frame, and to this day I have it on my bookshelf next to my com- puter. My first magical glimpse occurred the day my brother died. The room was filled with light, love, and peace. Prior to that day, I wouldn’t have appreciated this quote as much. There is so much magic if we just allow ourselves to see it and slow our lives down enough to recognize it. This makes life beautiful. —Kay MacDonald, Boulder, Colorado “In places where you feel lonely, concentra- tion arises.” This quote from Patrul Rinpoche brings me back to the essence of practice and of life, which are the same, aren’t they? —Isabelle Chouinard, Montreal “If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” I love this quote because I’m a people person. Whenever I meet someone who believes that life is a zero-sum game and we shouldn’t help oth- ers because by helping others we harm our- selves, I want them to read this quote. The world would be so much better if we cared more about others. —Grace Liu, Singapore LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2019 19