“The heart of dialogue is a simple but profound capacity to listen.” // William Isaacs

By | 17th January 2018

“Everywhere we look, myopic vision, petty misunderstandings, and small deceits escalate into gross, wasteful calamities that seem like they could be avoided if only people talk to each other  with a different kind of conversational presence…. The heart of dialogue is a simple but profound capacity to listen. Listening requires we not only hear the… Read More »

The Buddha’s realisation & Teaching // Yuval Noah Harari

By | 12th January 2018

“….he came to the realization that suffering is not caused by ill-fortune, by social injustice, or by divine whims. Rather, suffering is caused by the behaviour patterns of one’s own mind. Gautam’s insight was that no matter when the mind experiences, it usually reacts with craving, and craving always involves dissatisfaction. When the mind experiences… Read More »

“….the goal of life is a deep state of well-being and wisdom at all moments….” // Matthieu Ricard

By | 3rd January 2018

“Living on a pendulum between hope and doubt, excitement and boredom, desire and weariness, it’s easy to fritter away our lives, bit by bit, without even noticing, running all over the place and getting nowhere. Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things…. ….the goal of life… Read More »

“Complex bullshit is full of feats of abstract reasoning that would astonish a medieval theologian….” // Laura Penny

By | 1st January 2018

“Complex bullshit is also known as bafflegab or jargon, and it is the native argot of modern bureaucracy…. Complex bullshit is full of feats of abstract reasoning that would astonish a medieval theologian….Even business types have become alarmed by their own flights of jargoneering. In 2003, Deloitte & Touche released a new software program called… Read More »

The message of Buddha // Juan Mascaro

By | 1st January 2018

“Buddha avoided metaphysical questions. He might have answered them in the words of Jesus: ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’…. It is said that once a man of arms undertook a long journey to see a holy follower of Buddha, and asked… Read More »

“….”when you’re young, everybody knows they’re going to die and nobody believes it….” // Morrie Schwartz

By | 21st December 2017

“When you arrive at the point I’m at, you appreciate the start truth of the Buddhist statement that “when you’re young, everybody knows they’re going to die and nobody believes it.” When you’re facing death, you believe it. We’re all on the same ship, and it’s going to sink sooner or later. One hundred and… Read More »

“….the countless advantages of modern life have done so little to life our collective mood.” // Oliver Burkeman

By | 18th December 2017

“For a civilisation so fixated on achieving happiness, we seem remarkably incompetent at the task. One of the best-known general findings of the ‘science of happiness’ has been the discovery that the countless advantages of modern life have done so little to life our collective mood. The awkward truth seems to be that increased economic… Read More »

The Universe of Possibility // Rosamund & Benjamin Zander

By | 7th December 2017

“On the whole, resources are likely to come to you in greater abundance when you are generous and inclusive and engage people in your passion for life. There aren’t any guarantees, of course. When you are oriented to abundance, you care less about being in control, and you take more risks. You may give away… Read More »

Seeds of Anger and Compassion in us // Thich Nhat Hanh

By | 28th November 2017

“Every one of us has a seed of anger. Every one of us has a seed of compassion. We have all kinds of seeds in our store of consciousness. To practice meditation is to practice mindful watering of the seeds in us. We don’t want the negative seeds to manifest often because every time a… Read More »

The Buddha on Love// Juan Mascaro

By | 27th November 2017

“This is how the Buddha speaks of love in the Majjhima Nikaya: Buddha spoke thus once to his disciples: The words of men to you can be of five kinds: at the right time or at the wrong time, true or false, gentler or bitter, profitable or unprofitable, kindly or resentful. If men speak evil… Read More »

“The Buddha was never melancholy or gloomy.” // Walpola Rahula

By | 25th November 2017

“The Buddha was never melancholy or gloomy. He was described by his contemporaries as ‘ever-smiling’ (militia-pubbamgama). In Buddhist painting and sculpture the Buddha is always represented with a countenance happy, serene, contented and compassionate. Never a trace of suffering or agony or pain is to be seen…. Although there is suffering in life, a Buddhist… Read More »

“…bad actions are unannihilatable.” // Aldous Huxley

By | 25th November 2017

“The truth is, of course, that non-attachment can be practised only in regard to actions intrinsically good or ethically neutral. In spite of everything that Krishna or anyone else may say, bad actions are unannihilatable. They are unannihilatable because, as a matter of brute psychological fact, they enhance the separate, personal ego of those who perform.… Read More »

“….self-help books….rarely much help…. // Oliver Burkeman

By | 15th August 2017

“For a civilisation so fixated on achieving happiness, we seem remarkably incompetent at the task. One of the best-known general findings of the ‘science of happiness’ has been the discovery that the countless advantages of modern life have done so little to life our collective mood. The awkward truth seems to be that increased economic… Read More »

“….the best among us….do not occupy that perch because they were born with some innate talent….” // Anders Ericsson

By | 4th August 2017

“In my introduction to this book I spoke of how deliberate practice can revolutionize our thinking about human potential. I do not see this an exaggeration or overstatement. That revolution starts when we realize that the best among us in various areas do not occupy that perch because they were born with some innate talent… Read More »

“Science….cannot make human life more reasonable….” // John Grey

By | 1st August 2017

“In science, progress is a fact, in ethics and politics it is a superstition. The accelerating advance of scientific knowledge fuels technical innovation, producing an incessant stream of new inventions; it lie behind the enormous increase in human numbers over the past few hundred years. Post-modern thinkers may question scientific progress, but it is undoubtedly… Read More »

“….think of life as a prototype.” // Tim Brown

By | 1st August 2017

“….think of life as a prototype. We can conduct experiments, make discoveries, and change our perspectives…..We can learn how to take joy in the things we create whether they take the form of fleeting experience or an heirloom that will last for generations. We can learn that reward comes in creation and re-creation, not just… Read More »

“Square astronaut, round hole.” // Chris Hadfield

By | 1st August 2017

“The windows of a spaceship casually frame miracles. Every 92 minutes, another sunrise; a layer cake that starts with orange, then a thick wedge of blue, then the richest, darkest icing decorated with stars. The secret patterns of our planet are revealed…. Floating in the airlock before my first spacewalk, I knew I was on… Read More »

“Organisations are rife with group-think.” // Charles Handy

By | 30th July 2017

“Organisations are rife with group-think. They not only read the same news-papers, they wear the same clothes, tell the same jokes. They even glory in it, calling it ‘shared values’. Shared values are great, of course. if the values are great. But those shared values can also lull you into a sort of moral anaesthesia,… Read More »

“Love is the only rational act.” // Stephen Levine

By | 8th July 2017

“We all know that we’re dying…day by day we’re getting closer to our death. The best way to deal with that is to live in a fully conscious, compassionate, loving way. Many people close to dying have said that same thing, and I think there is a lot of truth in it. Don’t wait until… Read More »

“May your trails be crooked, winding….” // Edward Abbey

By | 7th July 2017

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through… Read More »

“No evil is….similar to anger.” // Shantideva

By | 7th July 2017

“No evil is there similar to anger, No austerity to be compared with patience, Steep yourself, therefore, in patience, In various ways , insistently.” — Shantideva (quoted by Matthieu Ricard in “On the Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters”)