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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kindness Matters

“This is my simple religion.
There is no need for temples;
no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple;
the philosophy is kindness.”

- The 14th Dalai Lama (1935 - )

My Mom is not perfect. Nor am I. But the stories she tells me of elderly women she knows who are parsimonious with praise, gentleness, generosity of spirit and kindness leave me slackjawed.

Holding back a thoughtful, cheerful compliment or an encouraging, supportive word, must be much harder than letting that little bit of grace out into the world.

2 comments:

Ram said...

very true.. there is absolutely no need of temples..

Roo said...

and a little praise well meant, can mean more than a thousand prayers by rote!