The worst part about being there for everybody is that no one ever bothers to ask if you’re okay or not

"For the guys who signed up for ISIS—including, especially, the masked man with the English accent who wielded the knife—killing is the real point of being there."

Dexter Filkins on the murder of Steven Sotloff. (via newyorker)


"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style"

Maya Angelou (via purplebuddhaproject)




We are here to serve & protect


These images are difficult to look at, but you NEED to see them.  You NEED to know what police are willing to do to people.

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

Maya Angelou (via purplebuddhaproject)

"To stress the supreme value of bodhichitta, Shakyamuni Buddha has said that it is even more important to prostrate, or pay homage, to a bodhisattva - someone who has developed bodhichitta - than it is to prostrate to a buddha. He explained this by using the example of the waxing moon. If someone bows down before the new moon it is the same as bowing down to every phase of the moon between new and full. Why? Because by paying respect to a cause we are implicitly paying respect to each of its succeeding effects. Thus, if we prostrate to a bodhisattva we are implicitly paying homage to all the future states of his or her development, up to and including the attainment of buddhahood. For such reasons then, bodhichitta is very precious and anyone who develops this mind becomes worthy of veneration."

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold” (via dancingdakini)

"What we call consciousness is a word that implies your real nature, your real Self. Which is you right now. Right now you are the Self. Right now you are everything you want to be. Right this moment.

You say to yourself: “No, I’m just a dumb human being.”, then you are. If that is what you want to call yourself. But no matter what you say to yourself. No matter what you do to yourself you can never change your real nature one iota.

You are Brahman, the absolute reality. No matter what you say, no matter what you do, no matter how you act. You’re still God."

Robert Adams (via lazyyogi)


Rik Mayall’s Inspirational Guide on How to be Happy in Life [x

(Source: takeusforcola)

"Someone may not have a high position in society, but if in his heart he maintains loving kindness toward all living beings, in reality he is a realized being."

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)

"Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent."