Thread: How Lucky we are to be Alive

  1. #1
    How Lucky we are to be Alive

    ~ a quote from Ven Thich Nhat Hanh



    “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

    “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

    “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

    “Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy.”

    “Birth is okay and death is okay, if we know that they are only concepts in our mind. Reality transcends both birth and death.”

    “Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”


    https://hackspirit.com/25-profound-q..._Understanding


    ...and here's another one from Ajahn Brahm:


    'Instead of having a fault-finding mind, develop the beautiful attitude of gratitude.'

    http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books14/A...ahm-Quotes.pdf




    Any comments?

  2. #2
    Forums Member Genecanuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    213
    Good morning Aloka,

    Thank you. This is a nice reminder that the magic in life is in the moment.

    Hope you have a lovely day.

    Kind Regards

    Gene

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by Genecanuck View Post
    Good morning Aloka,

    Thank you. This is a nice reminder that the magic in life is in the moment.

    Hope you have a lovely day.

    Kind Regards

    Gene

    Good evening Gene,

    Thank you very much for your kind thoughts, I hope you have a lovely day too!


  4. #4
    Global Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    669
    I remember reading about the astronomical odds of each one of us being alive when I was first taught this as a subject for meditation. Gives a sense of wonder to every single day.

  5. #5
    Forums Member Olderon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
    Posts
    390
    Buddha replied to both the advantage and likelihood of our rebirths as humans capable of comprehending and penetrating "The Dhamma":

    source....: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipi....048.than.html

  6. #6
    "Gratitude," is mentioned in the Ajahn Brahm quote in #1 ...and here's a Sutta I just discovered, which connects gratefulness with good conduct:

    An 4.223 Ungrateful

    “When a foolish, incompetent bad person has four qualities they keep themselves broken and damaged. They deserve to be blamed and criticized by sensible people, and they make much bad karma. What four? Bad conduct by way of body, speech, and mind, and being ungrateful and thankless. An astute person … makes much merit. … Good conduct by way of body, speech, and mind, and being grateful and thankful.”

    https://suttacentral.net/an4.223/en/sujato


Los Angeles Mexico City London Colombo Kuala Lumpur Sydney
Tue, 4:00 PM Tue, 6:00 PM Wed, 12:00 AM Wed, 5:30 AM Wed, 8:00 AM Wed, 11:00 AM