Zentaku

Why are we not like that wise old owl? Buddhist of the Kwan Um School. Unitarian Universalist. Cultural Catholic. Geek and Enthusiast. Cartoon Lover. Studio Ghibli Fan. Future Teacher.

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We have not come here to take prisoners
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.
Hafiz
Everyone seemed to believe with simple faith that law and order, morality, the “American way of life” and Christianity are all very much the same thing. Now it is becoming quite clear that they are not so at all. Many Christians, who have confused “Americanism” with “Christianity” are in fact contributing to the painful contradictions and even injustices of the racial crisis. For the one thing that has been made most evident by the long and bitter struggle of the South, and now of the North, to prevent civil rights legislation from being passed or enforced or made effective, is that the legislators and the police themselves, along with some ministers and indeed all those whom one can call “the establishment,” seem to be the first to defy the law or set it aside when their own interests are threatened. In other words we are living in a society that is not exactly moral, a society which misuses Christian cliches to justify its lawlessness and immorality.
Thomas Merton, Faith and Violence

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I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy

because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless

and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.

Robin Williams (via seyttan)

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catonhottinroof:

Thomas Greenhalgh (1848-1906)

A prospect of Florence

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Damion Suomi/Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets,
Go, and Sell All of Your Things

awolfinpeopleclothes:

"The greatest sin in this world is rejection of your reason fear a man who pulls from one book
Still the heavens declare and the skies proclaim day after day hear them singing 
Love your god with your heart love your neighbor as your own and the rest is just I guess is as good as mine.

grrrenadine:

Let the lion, and the ram, and the fish fight it out,

Oh Lord let me be a peaceful man.

I’ve been really into Damion Suomi’s music lately. Stuff styled after Irish drinking songs is the best.

If you wish to see the Buddha,
You must look into your own inner-nature;
This nature is the Buddha himself.
If you have not seen your own nature,
What is the use of thinking of Buddha,
Or reciting sutras, or fasting, or keeping precepts?
By thinking of Buddha, your meritorious deed will bear fruit;
By reciting sutras, you may attain a bright intellect;
By keeping the precepts, you may be born into heavens;
By practicing charity, you may be rewarded abundantly;
But as to seeking Buddha, you are far away.
Bodhidharma

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When people talk about war
I vow with all beings
to raise my voice in the chorus
and speak of original peace.
Robert Aitken

dorwellexplorer:

Korean Buddhist chanting by Kim Seong Gong

abbydraws:

Wan/Raava vs. Vaatu - Okami style

was absolutely refreshing to draw in this kind of style! background music I used were Okami- Yami’s theme + Avatar’s theme.

Even if you consume as many books
As the sands of the Ganges
It is not as good as really catching one verse of Zen.
If you want the secret of Buddhism,
Here it is: Everything is in the Heart!
Ryokan

obi-wankenblowme:

This is a collection of Tweets from military veterans reacting to the police response in Ferguson. 

And if this shit doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

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