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Excerpts on Buddhism from Silence

Silence (沈黙 Chinmoku?) is a 1966 novel of historical fiction by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō. It is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who endures persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”) that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion. “Well, then, let me ask a question.” Opening […]

Serenity Prayer Notes

Serenity Prayer God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, […]

Top quotes from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Ignore everyone. When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the […]

Alain de Botton on Romanticism

Romanticism is an attitude or intellectual orientation that exalted emotion over reason, and senses over intellect; and focused on the self and the human personality; his passions and inner struggles. Romanticism in love starts with the premise that “There is a soulmate out there and when that soulmate is found, loneliness will be banished.” That […]