Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Auspicious Wish (Buddhism)—

At this very moment, for the peoples and the nations of the earth,
may not even the names disease, famine, war and suffering be heard.
Rather, may their moral conduct, merit, wealth and prosperity increase,
and may supreme good fortune and well-being always arise for them.


From the Daodejing (51)—

The Way [Dao] produces them;
Virtue [de] rears them;
Things shape them;
Circumstances perfect them.
This is why the myriad creatures all revere the Way and
honor Virtue.
The Way is revered and Virtue honored not because this is
decreed,
but because it is natural.
And so the Way produces them and Virtue rears them;
Raises and nurtures them;
Settles and confirms them;
Nourishes and shelters them.
To produce without possessing;
To act with no expectation of reward;
To lead without lording over;
Such is Enigmatic Virtue!

[Philip J. Ivanhoe, tr.]

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