Notes from Meditation classes by Stanley Merrill

— Prayers and Quotes

St Frances of Assisi

  • G-d grant me the serenity to accept the things that I can not change,
  • the courage to change the things that I can
  • and the wisdom to know the difference. …St Frances of Assisi

Ben Zoma – from Sayings of the fathers

  • Who is wise? He who learns from all men.
  • Who is mighty? He who can control his desires.
  • Who is rich? He who is content with his portion.
  • Who is to be honored? He who honors all men.   …

Daily prayer of the Dalai Lama

  • May I become at all times, both now and forever
  • A protector for those without protection
  • A guide for those who have lost their way
  • A ship for those with oceans to cross
  • A bridge for those with rivers to cross
  • A sanctuary for those in danger
  • A lamp for those without light
  • A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
  • And a servant to all in need.

Cheri Huber – The Key

  • No one, no thing, can take your peace, your joy, you adequacy, away from you. You have to give it up voluntarily.  And we give it up so easily, for just about anything: other people’s opinions, late meals, long lines, red lights.  ..

No Attachment to Dust – Zengetsu, a Chinese master of the T’ang dynasty, wrote the following advice for his pupils:

  • Living in the world yet not forming attachments to the dust of the world is the way of a true Zen student.
  • When witnessing the good action of another encourage yourself to follow his example. Hearing of the mistaken action of another, advise yourself not to emulate it.
  • Even though alone in a dark room, be as if you were facing a noble guest. Express your feelings, but become no more expressive than your true nature.
  • Poverty is your teasure. Never exchange it for an easy life.
  • A person may appear a fool and yet not be one. He may only be guarding his wisdom carefully.
  • Virtues are the fruit of self-discipline and do not drop from heaven of themselves as does rain or snow.
  • Modesty is the foundation of all virtues. Let your neighbors discover you before you make yourself known to them.
  • A noble heart never forces itself forward. Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value.
  • To a sincere student, every day is a fortunate day. Time passes but he never lags behind. Neither glory nor shame can move him.
  • Censure yourself, never another. Do not discuss right and wrong.
  • Some things, though right, were considered wrong for generations. Since the value of righteousness may be recognized after centuries, there is no need to crave an immediate appreciation.
  • Live with cause and leave results to the great law of the universe. Pass each day in peaceful contemplation.

St Frances of Assisi

  • Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
  • Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
  • where there is injury, pardon;
  • where there is doubt, faith;
  • where there is despair, hope;
  • where there is darkness, light;
  • where there is sadness, joy;
  • Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
  • to be understood as to understand;
  • to be loved as to love.
  • For it is in giving that we receive;
  • it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
  • and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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