Spiritual Heros

“A great revolution in just one single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a society and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind.”

~ Daisaku Ikeda

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“What it Means to Be a Spiritual Hero

With all the overwhelming challenges we face today, from global terrorism to economic crisis to climate change, it’s all too easy to sit back, observe the problems, and fall into a state of despair or cynicism. But it takes real spiritual courage to step forward and begin to take responsibility for where we’re all going. I believe that more and more of us have to be willing, in all our imperfection, to embrace leadership roles and become true exemplars of what’s possible. We have to be willing to heroically stand for the reality of Spirit in a disbelieving world. The reason this is important is that when we awaken to that truth, we see much more deeply into the nature of reality itself, and we discover a fearless courage to live this life for the highest reasons. I think the degree to which each and every one of us is willing to do that is the degree to which we’re actually going to make a significant difference in the world.”

—Andrew Cohen

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“We face challenges that can seem beyond our ability to solve—problems that converge, intertwine, and shift constantly. We’re surrounded by vast complexity that we don’t fully understand, and our actions have consequences not only for our species, but for the myriad of living things that share this planet with us. Some people say we’ve released forces beyond our control. Some think we’ll need a miracle to overcome them.
Luckily, we have resilience on our side. The ability to cope with stress and adversity keeps fear and doubt in check, preventing them from squashing our best hope for success: human ingenuity. Think of it this way: Human ingenuity got us into this mess. Human ingenuity can get us out of it.”
Bob Richards, aka “the Vaulting Vicar,” gave us this formula for hope:
Ingenuity + courage + work = miracles.


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“Life is so precious, yet in our daily lives we are usually carried away by our forgetfulness, anger, and worries, lost in the past, unable to touch life in the present moment. When we are truly alive, everything we do or touch is a miracle. To practice mindfulness is to return to life in the present moment. The practice of the First Precept is a celebration of reverence for life. When we appreciate and honor the beauty of life, we will do everything in our power to protect all life.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh excerpt from For A Future To Be Possible

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Do not just look for what you want to see,
that would be futile.
Do not look for anything,
but allow the insight to have a chance to come by itself.
That insight will help liberate you.– Thich Nhat Hanh
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Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!

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