Matthieu Ricard on Life, Faults, Pleasures, & Consciousness

February 11, 2008 at 7:18 pm (Happiness, Matthieu Ricard) (, , , )

p. 28 “May every moment in my life and the lives of others be one of wisdom, flourishing, and inner peace!”

p. 38 “We are very much like birds that have lived too long in a cage to which we return even when we get the chance to fly away. We have grown so accustomed to our faults that we can barely imagine what life would be like without them. The prospect of change makes us dizzy.”

p. 42 “Pleasures become obstacles only when they upset the mind’s equilibrium and lead to an obsession with gratification or an aversion to anything that thwarts them.”

pp. 56-57 “When individuals change by bringing their consciousness to maturity, the world changes too, because the world is made up of individuals.” – Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill
Matthieu Ricard

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M. C. Richards on Persons, Will, & Freedom

February 9, 2008 at 4:40 pm (Centering, M. C. Richards) (, , )

p. 19 “And so it is with persons. You can do very many things with us: push us together and pull us apart and squeeze us and roll us flat, empty us out and fill us up. You can surround us with influences, but there comes a point when you can do no more. The person resists, in one way or another (if it is only by collapsing, like the clay). His own will becomes active.

This is a wonderful moment, when one feels his will become active, come as a force into the total assemblage and dynamic intercourse and interpenetration of will impulses. When one stands like a natural substance, plastic but with one’s own character written into the formula, ah then one feels oneself part of the world, taking one’s shape with its help — but a shape only one’s own freedom can create.”

Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person
M. C. Richards

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