March 14 - When you light a lamp for someone, it also brightens your path.
Today is 3-14 (The irrational number of pi)
Pi (π) is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.
It is called irrational, because its exact value is inherently unknowable. Computer scientists have calculated billions of digits of pi, starting with 3.14159265358979323…, but because no recognizable pattern emerges in the succession of its digits, we could continue calculating the next digit, and the next, and the next, for millennia, and we'd still have no idea which digit might emerge next. The digits of pi continue their senseless procession all the way to infinity.
It appears everywhere there's a circle, of course, such as the disk of the sun, the spiral of the DNA double helix, the pupil of the eye, the concentric rings that travel outward from splashes in ponds. Pi also appears in the physics that describes waves, such as ripples of light and sound. It even enters into the equation that defines how precisely we can know the state of the universe, known as Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.
Finally, pi emerges in the shapes of rivers. A river's windiness is determined by its "meandering ratio," or the ratio of the river's actual length to the distance from its source to its mouth as the crow flies. Rivers that flow straight from source to mouth have small meandering ratios, while ones that lollygag along the way have high ones. Turns out, the average meandering ratio of rivers approaches — you guessed it — pi.
“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your own path.”
“I will look after myself,”
so should you, monks, practice the establishment of mindfulness.
You should (also) practice the establishment of mindfulness (by saying)
“I will look after others.”
Looking after oneself, one looks after others.
Looking after others, one looks after oneself.” - The Buddist text Sedaka Sutta,
“Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe.”
“If you want to know the past, look at your present. If you want to know the future, look at your present.”
“Just as a lamp or candle cannot burn bright without fire, a person cannot be enlightened without passion.” – David Scott
“Change is never painful, only the resistance to change is painful.”
“You stand at the crossroads of the path of love and the path of fear. Which do you choose to follow?”
“Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others.”
“Crying with the wise is better than laughing with the fool.”
“Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.”
“Everything that has a beginning, has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”
Even our suffering often end unceromoniously, As did in the movie, "The Life of Pi," as Pi's nemosis for most of the story, steped off the boat and departed into the jungle without looking back.
“True love is born from understanding.”
A man said to the Buddha, “I want Happiness.”
Buddha said, first remove “I”, that’s ego,
then remove “want”, that’s desire.
See now you are left with only Happiness.
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.”
“I am a finger pointing to the moon. Don’t look at me; look at the moon.”
“When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”
“If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.”
“The tongue like a sharp knife, kills without drawing blood.”
“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.”
“In order to gain anything you must lose everything.”
“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
“Silence is an empty space. Space is the home of the awakened mind.”
“The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character.”
“There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”
“The way to happiness is: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, give much. Fill your life with love. Do to others as you would want done to you.”
A poor man asked the Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”
The Buddha said, “you do not learn to give.”
So the poor man said, “How can I, if I have nothing to give?”
Buddha said: “You have a few things,
The Face, which can give a smile;
Mouth: you can praise or comfort others;
The Heart: it can open up to others;
Eyes: who can look the other with the eyes of goodness;
Body: which can be used to help others.”